uncle leong seafood, jurong

fantastic seafood and cze char cooking at this coffeeshop in jurong. I’ve now been to their other branch in the toa payoh area, and I remain impressed – fresh seafood, quick cooking, tasty dishes and a family-friendly atmosphere.

really an exemplar of good local eating.

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wing seong fatty’s restaurant, bugis

good singaporean-chinese mainstay near bugis. guys, this place is a local institution – it’s the sort of old-school restaurant your grandparents and their grandparents went to (depending on how old you/they are) for their birthdays and weddings and chinese new year celebrations.

in short, eating here is like paying respect to nostalgia and all your forefathers stood for – and it doesn’t hurt that the cooking is fantastic, classics executed perfectly, and service efficient (as it always was in the old days*).

technically speaking, I might not be old enough to use this phrase effectively – but I’ll be taking literary license here, thank you very much.

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ting heng seafood restaurant, tiong bahru

simply good old-school homestyle cooking in the tiong bahru enclave. this place looks like the set of some period drama (I’m not sure period is necessarily appropriate – is a history of 48 years enough?), from the simpler days of kampung living. it’s open-air seating, old-school cutlery, and the loud buzzy feel of community you don’t much get nowadays – and the food’s pretty good.

worth visiting for some decent fish steamboat – or just to soak in a little nostalgia.

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por kee eating house, tiong bahru

decent food at this hidden-away sprawl of a cze char eatery in the newly-hipstered enclave that is tiong bahru. long before the fakely bespectacled, tight-trousered, coiffed hippied teenager took over the now cafe-belaboured estate of tiong bahru, places such as this one must have made the area’s reputation as gastroterritory.

cze char (or zi char or tze char) is home-style food served outside your home – and this place is truly old-school: slightly cantankerous chinese-speaking staff, blue-white plastic dinnerware, and good food unpretentiously plated. the only caveat here is that while admittedly tasty, the food is a little on the rich + oily side – and I’m not one for fatty meats or oily vegetables (but you jolly well could be!)

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