Lei Garden Restaurant (Chijmes)

Happy belated birthday, Singapore! Yep, our tiny nation celebrated 43 years of independence yesterday. And tomorrow is mom-in-law’s birthday! So, the family had a celebratory lunch today at the elegant Lei Garden, a name synonymous with exquisite Cantonese cuisine. Starting things off on a cold, rainy day was a tummy-warming, slow-cooked soup. A Cantonese specialty,… 

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See Sean Rice Stall

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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Teochew Cuisine Restaurant

This isn’t a full review, just posting some photos of my dad’s sumptuous birthday dinner. Not all pics of the dishes turned out well. Ah, the pressure of 13 pairs of chopsticks impatiently waiting to dive into the food was just too much. Clockwise from left: sliced octopus; Teochew braised duck; jellied shark meat; and… 

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Din Tai Fung (Wisma Atria)

Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese restaurant that’s internationally famous for its xiao long bao (steamed pork dumplings). I’ve wanted to check them out ever since the first Singapore outlet opened at Paragon, but stories of super long queues put me off. The local franchise has since expanded, its fourth and latest outlet being at… 

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