Two sisters in their twenties decided to start a food business that would serve “hearty meals that fuses the best of local and the world’s food heritage”. They bravely decided to offer popiah in a variety of flavours and pairing it with popular soups from around the world. That was how Souperstar was conceived. The first Souperstar outlet was in Eastpoint and there are now several outlets in Singapore including a popular one in the basement food hall of Tanjong Pagar Centre. As the saying goes, fortune favours the brave.
Ah Lock & Co is a newly opened eatery in Tanjong Pagar Centre offering Hakka Tofu Rice Bowl & Min Jiang Kueh. The tagline “Eat My Tofu” is on one of its walls as well as on the t-shirts of the staff – witty or inappropriate? Having actually eaten Ah Lock’s Hakka tofu, which was not bad, we would prefer to eat the stall’s min jiang kueh.
Those of us who grew up with Bananarama may remember the Warehouse disco along Havelock Road. The building had been thoroughly refurbished and is now a swanky hotel known as The Warehouse Hotel. Po Restaurant is located on the ground floor. I heard a rumour that the popiah there was worth trying and so we made a trip down to the Po Restaurant at Warehouse Hotel to check it out.
Soy Sauce Chicken has become popular in Singapore recently because of a little book published by a tyre manufacturer. We do not know the history of soy sauce chicken but we reckon Hai Kee or 海记 must be one of the early purveyors of soy sauce chicken rice in Singapore. Hai Kee 海记 traces its heritage to a stall in Upper Cross Street started in the 1950s. Today Hai Kee has a flagship restaurant in Chinatown Point and several chicken rice stalls. There is a new outlet in the Bai Nian Foodcourt at Viva Business Park.
阿和麺薄 Ah Hoe Mee Pok is another noodle stall in the stretch of Tanjong Katong Road with a number of popular eating places. The famous Eng’s Char Siew Wantan Mee (and the competing Eng’s Wantan Noodles) as well as Ponggol Nasi Lemak, Nan Xiang Chicken Rice and Heng Long Teochew Porridge are concentrated in that area. 阿和麺薄 Ah Hoe Mee Pok from West Coast has decided to set up their outpost in the East right in the middle of the Tanjong Katong hub for cheap and good food.