My favorite since age 10: Carl’s Jr.

Carl’s Jr. has been my favorite fast food restaurant since grade 4. Something happened during that year that forever endeared the restaurant to me…but I have forgotten what it was. All I remember is that I thought that their burgers were better tasting than burgers from McDee’s, Jack in the Crack, Dave’s daughter, Whopper King, and even that double-double-animal-style-secret-menu place. I had Carl’s Jr’s burgers at least twice a week as an afternoon snack, and I blossomed from a skin-on-bones-Tony-Hawk-body-type to a I’m-just-a-little-chubby-Kirby-Puckett build. Even though I no longer think that Carl’s Jr. serves the best-tasting fast food items, it … Continue reading My favorite since age 10: Carl’s Jr.

Crystal Mall Food Court: Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken

After I placed an order of the Ipoh bean sprout chicken at its namesake stall, I stood around to observe the food that other people ordered from the stall. The most popular item that came out of the kitchen by far was the laksa. It was on every other tray being brought to the counter. To my surprise, on the trays that did not have bowls of laksa on them, I did not see one single order of the bean sprout chicken. I seemed to be only person that ordered the dish. That was not a promising prospect. As I … Continue reading Crystal Mall Food Court: Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken

Food Trucks: Vij’s Railway Express

I haven’t been keeping up with my plan of getting more intimate with local food trucks – which is rather regrettable considering that they are fast becoming a major part of the local food scene. I fear that if I don’t start getting a move on sampling the food from more local food trucks, I will miss out on this important culinary movement entirely. So I thought that I’d start immediately. Immediately meant today. I started with Vij’s Railway Express because it was at the top of my long-forgotten list of food trucks to try. Since almost everyone and their … Continue reading Food Trucks: Vij’s Railway Express

Aberdeen Centre Food Court: Bubble Waffle at…Bubble Waffle Cafe

My wife, kids, and I wanted some bubble waffle after each finishing our meals, but we were weary of the crowds in front of Bubble Waffle Cafe. Since bubble waffle was not something that could instantly be made, we knew that we would need to wait a minimum of 25 minutes for them judging from the size of the crowd. If it was any other day, we would’ve definitely given up on waiting for the bubble waffle. But since it was spring break, and since we had absolutely no set-in-stone activities lined up for the kids the following day, we … Continue reading Aberdeen Centre Food Court: Bubble Waffle at…Bubble Waffle Cafe

Aberdeen Centre Food Court: Chicken Wings at Wo Fung

I can’t resist fried chicken wings, especially when I see order after order being served to customers that looked like they couldn’t wait to dig their teeth into them . I stood practically frozen for a good ten minutes watching nothing but pipping hot deep fried chicken wings coming out of the kitchen of Wo Fung. I had just finished having a filling meal with two large cups of iced milk tea and some bubble waffle, but the wings just looked too enticing for me to pass up. Since neither my wife, daughter, nor son had any appetite left for … Continue reading Aberdeen Centre Food Court: Chicken Wings at Wo Fung

Japan: Beef Bowls – both low end and high end

I have a soft spot for Japanese beef bowls, especially the ones from Yoshinoya. They were the single most important food item that helped me through many a hungry boarding school evening when I was between the ages of 13 and 14. The simple combination of relatively-fresh, boiled-in-sauce thinly sliced beef and onions with white rice often provided me with the tasty and nutritious satisfaction that I desperately needed after suffering through the reheated factory-made meals served by the soulless school kitchen. It is for this sentimental reason that I always make it a point to have at least one … Continue reading Japan: Beef Bowls – both low end and high end

WTF Did We Just Eat? Ebi-Ten

I’ve always found so-called “fast food” places in Japan to be reliable because most of the quick-service chains in Japan have clearly-detailed standard operating procedures (SOP) as to how each menu item is to be prepared and assembled (much like McDee’s). A beef don will taste like a beef don no matter which Matsuya or Yoshinoya you visit; a bowl of Ippudo ramen tastes as good in New York, Singapore, and Taipei as it does in its native Fukuoka. SOP in the restaurant industry is supposed to make the highly-regarded food at commercially successful restaurants easy to replicate. But what … Continue reading WTF Did We Just Eat? Ebi-Ten