Food & Travel

The Breakfast Club - Angel : 31A Camden Passage, London, UK, N1 8EA

This is a great cosy cafe-style eatery that features an 'all-day breakfast' menu. They open from as early as 8am on a weekday and we visited the Angel branch for our grease-fix for the day. The ambience is young, cheery and upbeat, which provided us with a perfect start to a sunny day.

Ah Hwa Restoran, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

In Malaysia Fried Hokkien Mee is black, in Singapore its the opposite, without color. Both can be great and in Malaysia one of the very best is Ah Hwa Restoran located in Petaling Jaya at Jalan 222. There is always a long queue at dinner time and for good reason.

UK, Whitchurch, Burleydam, Combermere Arms

A Michelin star chef out here in the North of England. He runs the Combermere Arms and serves typical British fare.The favourites here are the Steakburger(top pic) which is tasty but needs to be cooked well or medium well as per house rules (?).Also appealing is the Fish and Chips (haddock) which is quite a large meal.The braised Lamb shoulder is also yummy.And the daily special, this one being a pudding-like dish with a beef stew.

Lee Do Restaurant : 61 Ubi Ave 1, #01-13, Singapore (tel: +65-6742-2181)

What started out as a clever way to keep crabs fresh overnight has resulted in Lee Do's signature dish. Now every single table will order at least one but often one crab for each person at the table. The crab meat is succulent and taste is really fresh with a sweetness that belies its cold dish status. Simply heavenly.

341 Beach Rd, Singapore : 'Blanco Court' Sliced Fish Bee Hoon

the soup base may be a little thin, but it's certainly not short on flavour.

the fish chunks are freshly fried by order (versus a huge pile sitting on the counter waiting for customers to come) and apart from the generous helping of fish, there's a whole bunch of ingredients in the soup: salted fish, dou miao, some fried eggy omelette (consistency resembles beancurd strips).

we tried it at around 3pm+ on a saturday afternoon so there was none of the mad crowds that are a normal sight during peak meal times.

57 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore : Loo's Hainanese Curry Rice

Curry gravy is thick enough but not the stew-like type (we like both).

pork chop (in a tangy/sweet tomato based sauce) and the oversized meatballs give us pork-lovers a great high.

cuttlefish is just chewy enough to be interesting, yet doesn't make you break a jaw eating it.

3014 Ubi Rd 1, Singapore : 妹妹 Roast Meat

Prepared using charcoal (vs Electric), can there be any doubt that the bbq pork here will be tasty??

not a fan of the sio bak, but the char siew and roast duck are wonderful

tell her if you want it burnt and fatty, or lean and she'll sort you out accordingly.

also serves a variety of soups: water cress, salted veg, etc.

thick gravy on the side to drizzle over the steamed white rice.

350 Ubi Ave 1, Singapore : Chicken Rice

Looks greasy, but the taste belies its appearance - palatable and extremely tasty: the roast chicken isn't overly tough, and the white chicken is has a nice texture.

Look elsewhere if you expect the 'smooth' style white chicken that some places specialise in.

as with most dedicated chicken rice joints, this one only serves chicken rice; there's no normal white rice for diners who may be looking for a healthy fix.

Price is affordable; this platter was $13 (including innards) and will feed 3-4 pax easily.

164 Stirling Rd, Singapore : Chu Ji Wanton Mee

tasty clumpy noodles with a thick, gooey flavourful sauce.

char-siew is as tasty as some dedicated roast meat places.

Wanton is ok, but since i'm not that huge a wanton fan (char siew yo!), doesn't make a huge difference for me.


6 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore : Foong Kee Roast Meat

Well, what can we say? We certainly love our roast meat: char siew, sio bak, duck etc. it's all fair game.

It's rare to find a place that offers a mixed platter with success - one of the mix typically lets the game down - but in this case, the mix was wholly palatable.

The other thing that makes us return is the option of noodles or hor fun instead of rice.

The texture and sauce on the hor fun is so good one can even eat it on its own.

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