Someone recently raised an observation that Asians have the habit of taking a picture of their food. I am pretty guilty of that, often posting food pictures on Instagram.

I have tried a few new places recently, and have dutifully posted some snaps on Instagram. I thought it would great to consolidate and share these eateries with all of you. Coincidentally, all my recommendations today serve Asian/Chinese food!


1. Lee Kui (Ah Hoi) Restaurant
8 Mosque Street

A very old-school Teochew restaurant with foldable chairs and wooden round tables that are reminiscent of Chinese restaurants in the 70s, Lee Kui is famous for their cold crabs. Whilst I didn’t try this dish (a tad too heavy for lunch?), the steamed pomfret, oyster omelette and the yam paste dessert (pictured above) are highly recommended. The yam paste (Or Nee) dessert did not contain lard but still tasted very smooth and flavourful.


2. Chef Chan’s Restaurant
#01-06, National Museum of Singapore

Tucked inside the National Museum, the interior of Chef Chan’s Restaurant is so Oriental and whimsical. The warm elements in the restaurant is quite an interesting contrast against the marbled stoic ambience of the museum. I was there for Chinese New Year lunch and during the period, there was a large Tray of Togetherness on each table for guests. With my sweet tooth, any candied treats on the table would make me a happy person.


3. Hai Di Lao Hot Pot
3D River Valley Road #02-04, Singapore

Founded in Sichuan and a well-known name in China, this is Hai Di Lao’s first foray in Singapore. Well-known for their impeccable service standards, the staff in the Singapore outlet were attentive and caring, but with some subtlety that gives patrons a comfortable environment to enjoy the food. The soup base was delicious – I chose the chicken soup and spicy soup – and the ingredients were fresh. The prawn and squid paste is the house specialty and is highly recommended.


4. Lau Pa Sat Festival Market
18 Raffles Quay

Touristy? Perhaps. Nonetheless, if you would like to bring a visitor to somewhere local for dinner, the back alley at Lau Pa Sat is a great place to introduce the wide variety of local food – from satay, barbequed seafood to Malay delicacies and India food. You will be eating on the road – between Lau Pa Sat Food Centre and SGX Building-  with absolutely no air-conditioning but think about it, this is probably one of the rare roadside stall dining experience available in Singapore.

I hope you like my recommendations. Do follow me on Instagram for quicker updates and I hope you could share with me some of your favourite eateries too!


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