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September 30, 2012

Chiew Kee Chicken Noodle House, Singapore…Shiokalicious soya sauce chicken

The wanton noodles were so so.  But that’s not why you come. You come ONLY for SOYA SAUCE CHICKEN!! No need for anything else. The well marinated and braised chicken is gorgeously juicy and meaty topped with sweet-savoury flavoured gravy. It’s so shiokalicious. Mmmmm.

I’ve changed so many lives by taking friends here. Out of town friends hate me because they can’t get it every day. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

September 22, 2012

Kee Wah Bakery, Hong Kong…4 words: BEST COFFEE EGGROLLS EVER

4 words: BEST COFFEE EGGROLLS EVER!

Eggrolls are thin egg crepes rolled up into long thin like cigars. The crispy, crunchy, flakey coffee flavoured eggrolls have a texture that falls in between true European style confectionary, and a much more airier and lighter Japanese counterpart. They are excellent, but can go stale if let to sit too long (so consume quickly). Their other eggrolls are butter, coconut and black sesame ones.

Other things you might not want to miss….wife cakes (lo por beng). These are sweet multi layered flakey winter melon pastries. Another item worth mentioning is the sweet, light and golden crisp Pineapple Shortcakes

This is my fav bakery in Hong Kong and this is the true truthas I say it as it is…

September 15, 2012

Silk street and pearl market, Beijing…bargaining is truly the most popular non-contact sport here

If you want any type of fake high fashion bags, clothes, “exotic” silks, custom made suits, Mao Zedong propaganda, new shoes, and absolutely no cash afterwards Silk Street and Pearl market is your heaven. Irrespective of whether you intend to buy anything, the market is still worth a trip simply to marvel at this vast temple to consumerism.

The first price mentioned to you will be outrageous, the second one incredibly high, and eventually they will just be expensive. Ignore the fake crying, the yelling, pulling your arm and the stories about the cats, dogs, children and old folks they need to feed. They are obviously just trying to get more money out of you and they will pull out all the stops to rape your wallets continuously. Don’t be fooled or frightened away no matter what their reaction. It’s all in the unwritten script, and being horribly insulted by your paltry offer is part of their role. She will grumble and complain and look like she’s mad, but that’s how she’s supposed to act.  She’s the pro; if anyone’s going to get a raw deal, it’ll be you if you don’t bargain stridently. Any price she ends up agreeing upon is fine with her, no matter how wounded she acts. 

So go in there with a game plan and be sure to stick with it, be as firm with them as they will be with you. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

 

 

September 8, 2012

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, Singapore…insanely long wait for the best pork noodle in Singapore

As far as Teochew bak chor mee (minced pork noodles) goes, and as far as I’m concerned, this is the best around.  Hill Street Tai Hwa nails this one on the money. 

Noodles cooked perfectly are chewy and supple, and the sauce (soy and vinegar) has great flavour. Everything’s cooked right, the spare parts (liver and other stuff) are  not overcooked with intense flavour emanating in your mouth. The lean pork is tender and supple, easily munchable with tons of melding flavours of the sauces and tasty broth. I found myself slurping down the bowl while sweating profusely and not minding the fact that I looked like a middle aged kid sweating in anticipation from standing in front of a Candy Empire store.

But be prepared for an insanely long wait as the most of the time there is a monster queue. Once you have arrived at the end of the queue and it’s your turn to order, enjoy the food as you are about to eat the best pork noodle in Singapore. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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