Food I Eat

What a distinct privilege. Seriously.

I had the honour of being invited to a pre-opening dinner at Lollapalooza (check out links here and here).

Full Disclosure: One of the main partners is a friend.

Now that I got that disclosure out of the way, I can speak freely.

He’s a fabulous guy. Honestly. Ask those who know him. (His wife is even better but this is not about her).

His first restaurant in Singapore is Lolla, which has global accolades. BBC ranked it as one of the top ten eateries globally. That’s pretty cool.

When he invited us to a pre-opening dinner at Lollapalooza, we were like, “What? Of course! What an honour!”

The décor has some of the DNA of Lolla – same but different is the best way to describe the place. Think Lolla made over by snazzy jazz chef musicians. Something like that.

Oh, incidentally, Lollapalooza prints a new menu daily based on the best produce available. Chefs are briefed on the ingredients obtained. This may not sound earth-shattering but their daily procurement is far from ordinary and definitely not what you get on a regular basis. You’ll understand when you see what we ate and when you visit Lollapalooza. The chefs play with flavours and textures to demonstrate the fullest expression of each ingredient while making each dish complete.

We ate (not all pictured) flatbread with mushroom conserva, cherry tomato salad, crispy potato terrine, dog cockle tartare, radicchio with crispy pig’s ears, suckling pig in milk, corned veal tongue and for dessert, quince galette.

Their signature dish is the braised tuna eye with salsa verde but we only found out later and we were too full to order any more food. That’s cool. It gives me a reason to visit again.

The food is extraordinary. The service is brilliant. I also learned that most staff (apart from one person ) has been with the company since day one. That speaks volumes.

We enjoyed the evening. A LOT!

Thanks HT!

Selected pics from the evening:

Radicchio with crispy pig’s ear

Flatbread with mushroom conserva

Corned veal tongue

Suckling pig braised in milk (mid-section)

Quince galette


I live near Pasir Panjang Hawker Centre. About two months ago, if not before, I da bao’ed (take away) Hokkien Mee from Seng Huat Hokkien Mee from that very hawker centre.

This Tuesday afternoon (3rd February), about 2pm, I went back there to buy liang teh (cooling tea) as I was feeling yit hei (heaty). As I made my way to the liang teh stall, the man in the picture suddenly clasped my shoulder.

I didn’t recognise him from Adam. Motioning to his stall, he started off by saying in Singlish, “Do you remember you bought from me last time?” I confess, my first reaction was, “Oh no, I didn’t pay or didn’t pay enough?” You see, he was kinda tough-looking.

What a terrible and suspicious reaction. I felt so bad after.

He said, “You ordered $6 Hokkien Mee but I gave you $4 pack by mistake.” He thrust $2 into my hands. Mind you, he had to walk half-across the hawker centre to do this. Remember, this was over 2 months ago. I was shocked and couldn’t react. I thanked him, took the money and walked away.

A few seconds later, I was like, “What am I doing?”

I walked back to him, gave him a semi-hug (I couldn’t deal with a bear hug in a hawker centre with a sweaty dude I don’t know) and thanked him again. I told him that he was totally amazing for doing this. I mean he must have been waiting to spot me for two months. I would have never known I was given a smaller pack. Even if I knew, I wouldn’t have remembered.

I asked him if I could snap a picture of him in front of the stall.

An act like this is enough to blot out a thousand dark acts.

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:5 NASB)

It reminded me to have hope in humanity and to guard my own heart.

Thank you sir. Thank you.

vennWhy like that?


Unfortunately, it ain’t real. See here.

But there is a petition to make it come to life. For die-hard fans, click here.

Thanks LP for highlighting this 🙂


Screenshot 2013-12-02 17.27.51I’ve been identified as a foodie. I can understand that. I take lots of pictures of food. But I also take lot of pictures in general.

So, for the record, I’m a Phoodie, not a Foodie. I like taking pictures of food. About half the pictures of food I have taken, I did not eat. While I enjoy food, I’m not the guy who will queue even 5 minutes for the best char kuay teow on the island. 

I appreciate decent food and great service in an ambiance I appreciate. I’ll pay for that. 

Interestingly, a one picture I posted years ago which garnered a lot of likes (crab linguine) was probably the most vile thing I had ever tasted. But the picture looked good.

So yeah, don’t use to my pics as an indication of what’s good. 

I’m a Phoodie, not a Foodie. It’s a photograph. 


(PS I’ve never read the term Phoodie. It may be a first. If it goes viral, remember, it started here first.)


Latest Update: 24 July 2012

It wasn’t a permanent outlet, but a pop-up store. It opened at 11am. People were queuing since 930am. In 5 minutes all the patties were sold out to the first dozen people. A real quickie – in-n-out, so to speak.


The Singapore In-N-Out Burger pop-up lasted for five minutes before the patties were sold out. Three hundred patties were sold to the first 10 to 12 people in the front of the line who started queuing at 9.30am.

And it’s causing all sorts of excitement!

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