Review: Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette, Newton Food Centre


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Super excited that in a few months’ time, this fluffy, mouthwatering orgasmic mess is going to be just a short stroll away. Sean and I have been hitting Newton Food Centre a lot these days after meeting our ID or checking on renovations for our new place. And we’re just starting to zero in on our favourite stalls! If you’re new to hawker food in Singapore, you really can’t miss this local gem.

Overall: ★★★★1/2 Fluffy eggs, mountain of oysters, mouthwatering chilli.
Price: $

In the Or Lua (oyster omelette) category, Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette wins our vote hands down. You can’t miss it. It’s the store directly opposite the main entrance. There are 3-4 other stalls there, who aren’t too bad either. But here’s why this plate of awesome beats so many others.

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  1. The fluffiness of the omelette.

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I’m no chef, but it always seems like the secret to a super fluffy omelette is gallons of oil and enough heat to keep the mixture bubbling. And these guys nail it down to an art form. My mouth was watering just waiting for our plate.

2. Generous amounts of fresh oysters!

I ordered the small plate for $10. And already, we counted 16-17 huge, juicy babies. Like seriously, we’re huge fans of oyster omelettes, and most hawkers give you 7-8 shrivelled, tiny bits tops. So this really blew our minds. Plus, the secret is also in how you cook it. Most leave the oysters too long over the heat, and it ends up dehydrated and tough. These? Wow. Juicy, succulent, an explosion of glorious umami in your mouth. Freshness, of course, is key.

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3. Spice spice, baby!

The chilli makes or breaks the dish. It’s like with Hainanese Chicken Rice here, bad chilli renders the whole dish bland and tasteless. So yes, this one really hits the spot with all the right proportions of sour, spice and savoury.

But hey, don’t take my word for it. Head on down and try it for yourself! And while you’re at it, get yourself some sambal stingray and chilli crabs with deep-fried mantous. You haven’t experienced Singapore without it.


Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette
#01-073, Newton Food Centre

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Review: La Braceria, Greendale Ave


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My best friend Jacqueline has always raved about La Braceria as one of her favourite authentic Italian family restaurants. I personally love the casual, warm hospitality at Capri, but this turned out to be quite the excellent recommendation! The place is cosy, rustic and elegant at the same time.

Overall: ★★★★☆ Quality pasta and meats. Casual, rustic ambience.

Price: $$$

We decided to try the place for Easter lunch. And boy, was it a hearty one. All delicious pasta, gigantic tomahawks and lots of seafood goodness. Speaking of which, here’s our starter of Frito Calamaretti ($26).

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Chunks of fresh Mediterranean squid, this wasn’t too tough and coated in a light golden batter with a squeeze of lemon and a dip of tangy mayonnaise.

Then came the real highlight – the pasta! Here’s the Fettucine Norcina ($19).

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It’s a fettucine with homemade sausage, mixed mushrooms and fresh black truffle. You can clearly tell the sausage chunks are handmade from its irregular shape, but what i really like was how balanced the sauce was. It wasn’t too rich or creamy at all, and we polished off every drop. Absolutely nothing beats the satisfying texture of homemade pasta.

This next dish wasn’t in the menu, but if you ask, they’ll definitely do it for you. Thanks to Jacq’s recommendation, we got to enjoy this gorgeous Spaghetti Frutti di Mare ($28) in a bag.

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Musings: Of Stars and Monkeys


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This is how I’d like to remember a great mind and spirit like Stephen Hawking – released from the prison of his ailing body, and finally at one with the universe. There may be a void where his body used to be. But as physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says, think of the space he left behind as a kind of vacuum energy, permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure.

His “A Brief History of Time” was dubbed the most popular book never read. Well, I actually did get through the whole book. But I must confess, I struggled to understand a lot of it. The truth is, even if many of us can not begin to fathom the genius that is Stephen Hawking, we have all been touched and enlightened in some way by his daring, and his genius. By his relentless fight against his crumbling body to illuminate the human condition. Filling us with a great hope that the secrets of the Universe can be unveiled. And that as a species on Earth, we may be minuscule, but not insignificant.

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In the words of the man himself,

“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”

And that you are. Rest in Peace, Mr Hawking. You will always be with us.

Review: Tea Appreciation at Tea Chapter, Singapore


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I fell in love instantly with this little teahouse tucked away on 9 Neil Road in an old row of shophouses. It’s rustic, peaceful and meditative – a haven from the endless rush of the city. Mum is currently still reeling from the effects of chemotherapy, and I thought a serene environment would do her some good, along with some healthy teas and nutritious food for the mind, body and soul.

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Tea Chapter basically houses a tea shop and a tea house where various teas and food is served. We entered the door on the left leading up a long wooden staircase to the second level. We were immediately greeted with a calming wooden interior with the beautiful sounds of the guzheng (Chinese zither).

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It was like we were being transported into a different time and space. A place where you can leave your worries and anxiety at the door. Pure tranquility.

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How it works is each person is charged a cover rate of $8 with which you can use to purchase the teas you like. We picked a golden Osmanthus Tea ($16) from Fu Jian in China to share.

We had the option of preparing the tea on our own, or having a tea ceremony demonstration which we gladly accepted. I’ve always been fascinated by the best way to enjoy tea and this was especially enlightening.

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The tea came in rolled, full leaves which smelled so divine! There were also two drinking cups and two teapots. The longer narrow cups you see in the bottom right of the picture are for sampling the aroma of teas. And the wider, rounder ones are for tasting.

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Half a packet here is enough leaves for two, for 5 rounds of brewing. Osmanthus tea is best brewed for only 30 seconds the first time. And add 5 seconds subsequently each time to extract the best flavour from the tea.

After brewing in one pot, the tea is then poured into a resting pot so it will not keep steeping in the leaves. The golden yellow tea is then poured into the narrow cup up till 70% full so we could inhale the aromas. After that, the same tea is poured into the wider tea cup for drinking.

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A cool tip we learnt was that after emptying the sampling cup, you could rub the narrow cup between your palms till cool. And when you inhale again, there would be a caramel, almost honey-like fragrance on top of the tea’s flavours. We tried it and it really worked!

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