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Chicken Cutlet Noodles

红环宝食 RedRing Treasures: Singapore Style Cutlet Noodles

When I first heard of RedRing Treasures, I was reminded of those classy Chinese restaurants, like Imperial Treasure. The lavish name left a strong impression on me and I proceeded to google it out of curiosity. RedRing Treasures (RT) has only two outlets in food courts, so it is easy to go...

Cabbage Rice

My Much-Missed Cabbage Rice

One of the things I missed after moving out is Mom’s cabbage rice. The waft of the fragrant cabbage rice would fill up the entire home whenever she cooks the dish. I have not thought about cooking it on my own after moving into our own place. This is because I...

Balmoral Bakery

Balmoral Bakery: Timeless Classic

As a child, I lived at my grandma’s with my family in the Sunset Way area. One of the things I enjoyed back then was visiting Balmoral Bakery. The aroma of fresh bakes could often be smelled from a few shops away. My excitement would climax when I reached the shop with...

Orh Luak aka Oyster Omelette

Lim’s Fried Oyster: Finally tried it

Orh luak (or orh jian if you prefer) featured prominently in my teenage diet. This was mainly due to the convenience of living near Boon Lay Market. The orh luak at the stall that my family frequented was not spectacular, but it was good enough for us. When wifey and I first moved into our own...

Mount Komagatake and Lake Onuma at Onuma Park

Onuma: Taking a Breather from Hakodate

Wifey and I walk a lot on our travels in Japan. While most of the walking is done within the cities we visit, every now and then, we take a side trip out to experience the surrounding area. Onuma was one such side trip we took when we visited Hakodate in...

Salted Egg Tempura Don at Don.档

Don.档: Another New Beginning

Jalan Besar seems to be a hotspot for new eateries and cafes in recent years. We were lucky in that we moved to the area just when the cafe scene was starting, with Chye Seng Huat Hardware leading the charge; hence we bore witness to the changing landscape here as well...

Furano Melon

Furano in Summer: Where Melons Rock

Furano is synonymous with its lavender fields and this is definitely the key reason which draws visitors to the area. One other famous product of Furano is the Furano melon. When we visited Farm Tomita in summer, we took the chance to drop by the Tomita Melon House (TMH). TMH was fairly easy to...

pumpkin rice

Mom, the Great Homemaker

In the past, I couldn’t comprehend why Mom declined to go out when the weather was fair. Or why she tended to overestimate time, like when it was only four in the afternoon but she would exclaim she needed to prepare for dinner. Now that I had a taste of...

Johan Paris: A Taste of Christmas

The Ginza chocolate bread and signature yuzu bread from Johan Paris (ジョアン) have always been our favourites. In particular, the chocolate bread is best eaten fresh from the oven, with the unexpectedly thick chocolate aroma filling your nose with each bite of the warm bread. With Christmas around the corner,  Johan...

Kim Dae Mun: Pocket Friendly Korean Food

We first visited Kim Dae Mun Korean Food (KDM) when it was still located in the food court at the basement of the Le Meridien Hotel. The food court might be dingy but many people frequent the place mainly with KDM in mind. Often, there would be a crowd in front of the...