Month: December 2017

10 Favourite Restaurants from Around the World in 2017

It’s that time of the year to reflect! I never used to make New Year’s resolutions or set ‘goals’ until last year and it turned out to be a great idea because I can now be proud that I accomplished two out of three (I know they’re hardly difficult things to achieve): 1. cook more and 2. travel more to places I’ve never been to before. First, I continued to perfect my signature tiramisu and others have now testified that it’s a perfect recipe! I discovered the wonders of sous-vide meat. I developed a cornflakes-crusted French toast I am pretty happy to cook for others. I created a salad dressing I love (recipe coming soon). Second, I travelled to Myanmar (Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and Mandalay), Portugal (Porto and Lisbon), Peru (Lima and Cuzco), Bolivia (Copacabana, La Paz and Salar de Uyuni), Chile (San Pedro de Atacama, Santiago and Valparaiso) and am writing this post from Australia (Sydney and Melbourne)! Food is one of the most important parts of travelling to me – because it gives me inspiration. …

Hawker Chan (SG): Is the Cheapest One Michelin Star Worth the Wait?

Singapore’s food scene has perhaps been best known for its abundance of delicious cheap eats. A chicken rice at many hawker centres could cost as little as SGD2.5 (just over USD2 or less than HKD15). Despite its almost inconceivably cheap prices and simplicity of food, Hawker Chan has even earned itself a Michelin star. With the inevitable hype around what may be the cheapest Michelin star ‘restaurant’, I wasn’t surprised to hear all the mixed reviews: “don’t bother, it’s so overhyped” versus “it’s the best chicken rice!!!” I had to check it out for myself. There are two different outlets Hawker Chan was initially just a stall in the Chinatown Complex Food Centre – go up to the second floor and when you’ve located the long queue, you’ve probably found Hawker Chan. Since earning its Michelin star, they opened another outlet across the street. It’s a little more pricy, due to the improved seating arrangement and environment. We decided to go old-school and visit the original stall. 35 min wait on a Monday morning We expected …