See Sean Rice Stall

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This zi-char (Chinese stir-fries) stall has been around for as long as I can remember. My late father, who had a business nearby, favored them over other zi-char stalls in the same food centre for their fresh ingredients and tasty, consistent cooking. For the two years I worked at the family business, my dad frequently… 

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Egg tarts from Fancy Delight

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Every Saturday, I’m the dutiful daughter-in-law who accompanies her mother-in-law to Tanjong Pagar market for her weekly grocery shopping. There’s a little shop near the famous muffin place that has also made a name for itself selling little egg tarts, although its queue isn’t quite as long as that of the muffin place. Don’t be… 

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The Dining Room @ Sheraton Towers

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Ricky and I took my mom to The Dining Room for a relaxing Sunday dinner. We’ve always enjoyed the elegance here, especially the view of the waterfall through the tall ceiling-to-floor glass windows. Surprisingly, only a handful of tables were occupied. The ala carte menu seems to be more limited than I remember. Mom had… 

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Good Chance Popiah

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The first time I ate here, I was unimpressed, finding the popiah too simple for my taste. But subsequently, I began to appreciate the homey style of Good Chance’s traditional Hokkien popiah. Previously located at Telok Ayer Street, this family-run eatery has made a name serving roll-it-yourself popiah. In the old days, preparing popiah at… 

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Economic rice dinner at Clementi

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In Singapore, “economic rice” stalls are extremely popular. A mind-boggling spread of stir-fried, stewed, deep-fried, and steamed dishes, economic rice or “chap chye png” has an everlasting appeal because it’s quick, it’s affordable, there’s variety (on average, there are 20 twenty dishes to choose from!), and it’s as close to Mom’s cooking as you can… 

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