Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015
Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun-fat was recently in town over the Christmas holidays, and won the hearts of many Singaporeans with his friendliness. During his visit, he was also spotted enjoying some of the island's famous local fare.
So, what are some of his favourite food haunts in Singapore?
Chow was first seen indulging in kaya toast in a Ya Kun Kaya Toast outlet reportedly at Far East Square last week.
From a small coffee stall in the 1940s, Ya Kun is now a local cafe chain that serves old-school breakfast favourites of Singaporeans - kaya toast with slices of butter, as well as fragrant kopi and tea - among other newer offerings.
Shin Min Daily News reported that Chow also dropped by Tian Tian Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre for three consecutive days.
The Hainanese dish features tender, succulent chicken with fragrant grains, which scores a hit with local foodies and those beyond Singapore.
Did you know that Tian Tian Chicken Rice was also voted Best Hawker Stall at the AsiaOne People's Choice Awards 2014?
3. Founder Bak Kut Teh (Balestier Road)
The Hong Kong star also enjoys a bowl of peppery pork rib soup from Founder Bak Kut Teh.
Located along Balestier Road, the restaurant serves recipes created by former pig farmer Mr Chua Chwee Whatt, who started cooking the dish himself using his own pigs after he was left unsatisfied by the bak kut teh offered by others.
Mr Chua recommends drinking tea before eating the dish, which enhances the flavour of the soup.
4. Hoover Rojak (Balestier Food Market)
According to CNN Travel, Chow is also a fan of Hoover Rojak located at the Balestier Food Market.
The tasty local-style fruit salad is prepared by Mr Lim Ngah Chew who has over 50 years of experience of making the dish.
He is also known for adding jellyfish to his rojak which adds a satisfying crunch to the salad. Local foodies also love the sauce made from his homemade prawn paste.