On the Food Trail

Joo Chiat and Katong are famous for the traditional food.  Some of the shops there were established before Singapore’s independence. Yesterday, I led an enthusiastic team of WP volunteers who wanted to do a documentary of the interesting food establishments in this food haven of Singapore. Too bad the time we had (and stomach space) did not allow us to cover more establishments.

Michael is the third generation in this Popiah-skin making family. Was just fascinating watching him spread the paste on the hot plates and take them off with his bare hands!

Michael is the third generation in this Popiah-skin making family established since 1938. Was just fascinating watching him spread the dough on the hot plates and peel them off with his bare hands!

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Yummy popiah from fresh handmade skin and tasty ingredients.

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A great variety of tasty Otahs at this Joo Chiat shop

Posing for a shot at the road named after the founder of WP

Posing for a shot at the road named after the founder of WP

Choices are aplenty for the Laksa lovers in Katong

Choices are aplenty for the Laksa lovers in Katong, all claiming to be Katong Laksa. You decide which is the best.

Peranakan delights!

Peranakan delights!

Colourful conserved shops on East Coast Road

Colourful conservation shops along East Coast Road

Kaya toasts and custard puffs made the same way as they were 50 years ago! Was a rare treat for me to have their Kaya spread at home when I was a kid.

Kaya toasts and custard puffs made the same way as they were 50 years ago! Was a rare treat for me to have their Kaya spread at home when I was a kid. Some of those serving in this shop may have been there from day one of their operations!

 

The grand finale at my home nearby - cooking beef stew using my dad's recipe.

The grand finale at my home nearby – cooking beef stew using my dad’s recipe. Started the cooking before we went off on our food trail and left it stewing for 2.5 hours before coming back to complete the cooking.

My finished product - Beef stew and black chicken herbal soup

My finished product for my guests – Beef stew and black chicken herbal soup. My culinary skills are still at below 10% that of my dad’s. Amazing that the group still found space to tuck in my cooking after visiting so many food establishments.

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