The best meal that we had (so far) this Chinese New Year period was at the popiah party at a friend’s place. The secret of a good homemade popiah? Lots of juicy ingredients prepared with passion, some special ingredients and Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat popiah skins which our hosts insist on using year after year; even though they live on the other side of Singapore, in the West.
Colonial Club Paragon Orchard is a new restaurant that opened in the basement of this upmarket Orchard Road shopping mall. Thankfully, it wasn’t another upmarket restaurant with fancy dishes. They serve local favourites like chicken rice and nasi goreng in a nice setting. The prices are not too painful as well. It looks like Colonial Club Signatures is a great place to try good local food at Orchard at an affordable price.
New Eastern Kim Tee Bak Kwa was ranked number 4 in Singapore by 8 Days magazine who conducted an undercover review of 12 famous bak kwa in Singapore. Their findings were published in an article 12 Famous Bak Kwa Brands, Ranked From Worst To Best on 20 January 2019. The review turned out to be useful for us as it uncovered some of the lesser known brands such as New Eastern Kim Tee. Their outlet at Tangs Orchard is a useful one for those who does not wish to queue for hours at the legendary Lim Chee Guan at Ion across the road. Is the New Eastern Kim Tee bak kwa a viable alternative?
Fishball noodles are sold in almost every food court and hawker centre in Singapore. LiXin Teochew Fishball is a name seen in numerous food courts – from One Raffles Place in the CBD to Causeway Point in Woodlands. Following the trend of hawkers opening up standalone eateries, Lixin Teochew Fishball Noodle now has a standalone outlet at Viva Business Park in Chai Chee.
4 February 2019: In case you are wondering why there is no queue at Lim Chee Guan outlets, it is because they are closed for CNY and will re-open on 10 February 2019.
You know Chinese New Year is near when you see long queues at Lim Chee Guan bak kwa outlets. The familiar long lines of people waiting patiently to buy the prized festive commodity have returned. How precious is the BBQ savoury sweetmeat? Well, the Lim Chee Guan price for its Signature Sliced Pork Bak Kwa is now $58.00 per kg; and you can expect the price to increase as CNY gets closer.