'Singapore Stories' on Serious Eats

Singapore Stories: All-You-Can-Eat Steamboat Buffet (Chinese Hot Pot)

Eating family style is big in Singapore, and one of the most popular ways to do it is with a style of eating that's over a thousand years old: a good ol' Chinese steamboat dinner. Steamboat, also known as Chinese hot pot, refers to cooking fresh, raw ingredients yourself in a constantly simmering soup base. Hot soup is not exactly what you'd expect to crave here in hot Singapore, but you just do it. It helps to have a cold beer nearby. More

Singapore Stories: Soya Beancurd (Soy Pudding)

Soy milk tastes incredibly fresh and clean, and there is a dessert that makes the most of it: soya beancurd, or dou hua (soy bean curd dessert in Mandarin), tau huay in Hokkien, or simply soy pudding. Soy pudding is nothing more than soy milk which has been gelled just enough to barely hold it together. It's delicate, with a creamy melt-in-your-mouth texture. Served well-chilled, it's one of my favorite ways to crush the sticky-hot Singapore heat. More

Kaya Jam

This quick version of the popular caramelized coconut-pandan curd is spread over toast with lots of butter. Serve with soft boiled eggs and a coffee for a real Singaporean kopitiam breakfast. More

Singapore Stories: Pizza Hut's Fortune Pizza for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is all about good fortune, and after missing out on last year's Fortune Bag Pizza at Pizza Hut Singapore, I was not gonna miss out on the fortune pizza this year: cheese stuffed, golden coin shaped pizza topped with golden pumpkin paste, bits of taro (to symbolize gold and a good year ahead), pineapple (for prosperity), diced BBQ chicken, and mushrooms. How could I resist? In hindsight, maybe I should have. More

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