Kedai Makanan Yut Kee in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Immediately after leaving the hospital, Simon asked if I wanted Kelantanese or a simpler meal. The latter being KL’s oldest continuously running coffee shop since 1928.

Having just stepped out of the Emergency Ward on wobbly legs, I decided to go for something less adventurous.

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Posted on 8th Dec 2010 in Food and Drink, Hainanese, Malaysia, Old School, Peranakan  |  3 comments

A Hainanese dinner

It All Started With A Dinner...

This blog once sat at a lunch where a conversation – slightly modified for the younger readers – started with “The duck you looking at, Rich?”

Ah yes… Strong personalities and opinion; the product of intemperance and wine; the bread and butter (ahaha) of interesting meals. This blog belongs to a few informal and formal, for want of a better word, dinner groups. Like most gourmands, we have very distinct personalities and opinion. So much so to the point that sometimes the Yin cannot abide the Yang.

So it was with some caution I attended a wine dinner where friends from two different groups met for the first time. Granted they knew each other by reputation, but there was some careful courtesy in the meeting of makan-centric minds.

It was a success and during that dinner, two diners discovered that they were Hainanese and had roots in neighboring villages in Hainan. The conversation led to, as always, to food, particularly the Hainanese food they used to eat as kids, like the Chicken Rice and the Mutton soup. And when you get down to it, there is really no helping it but to organize a Hainanese dinner dinner featuring Hainanese dishes.

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Posted on 23rd Oct 2009 in Hainanese, Makankaki, Musings, Old School  |  5 comments

Archipelago Ale and Hainanese Food At The Tavern


This blog does not like beer or ale. I prefer my alcoholic beverage made from fruits, not cereals. So it is with some dubiousness that I accepted an invitation from my dear friend Henry to the Confrerie De La Chaine Des Rotisseurs of Singapore dinner at The Tavern. They were doing a Hainanese Food and Ale pairing.

What’s more, they were testing out their newly created Archipelago Samui Ale with us before it was to be launched in July of this year.

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Posted on 10th Sep 2007 in Chaine de Rotisseurs, Drink, Food and Drink, Hainanese, Old School  |  1 comment

Striploin, Tenderloin, Ribeye And Friends


“Ivan, the Wagyu Ribeyes have been delivered, when are you coming for dinner?”

This blog was asleep in another country when Marlena – Mrs. Lam to you – of Cafe de Amigo called at 3am to ask. Truly, there is no place like home.

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Posted on 30th Aug 2007 in Dead Cow Society, Hainanese, Meat, Western  |  7 comments

Lee Fan Nam Kee at Toa Payoh Lorong 4

Lee Fan Nam Kee - Soya Sauce Chicken

This blog wonders what the fascination with the word “Kee” is with Chinese Restaurants, especially the chicken rice specialists who seem to also favour “Nam”. There is Wee Nam Kee in Novena, Nam Kee on Thompson Road, Lee Nam Kee (recently changed to Lee Fan Nam Kee) in Toa Payoh Lorong 4. Must be a Hainanese thing.

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Posted on 13th May 2007 in Food and Drink, Hainanese, Singapore  |  2 comments

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