JAPAN - TOKYO - Kokonn, Cafe hideway

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On your way renting a bike at “Tokyo Bike Gallery”, you’ll find this lovely boutique selling little antiques, japanese crafts and ceramics. Yanesen neighbourhood doesn’t lack of cute little places but this one has the advantage of combining cafe and shop. Kokonn is located in the epicentre of the old temples area. A great place to chill and relax.

ASK: For the green tea matcha french toast or an ice cream from “France dessert”.

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Singapore -Kopitiam & Cinema- Hua Bee

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Here is where you can head to if you forgot your wallet and have some change left in your pocket. A bowl of mee pok starts from 3 dollars. The flat egg noodles are served with an accompanying bowl of soup with fish cake and fish balls. The stall has been operating for more than 70 years, but it’s Eric Khoo with his first movie “Mee Pok man” in 1995 that immortalized this traditional old fashion Kopitiam (coffee shop). Atmosphere hasn’t changed, nor the decor. Marble tables, pale blue tiles, While savouring your meal you could hear actress Michelle Goh shouting “Mee Pok!!” in your head. A journey back in time. Scene in a movie.

ASK: for some teh tarik (milk tea) to go completely local

Tuesday - Sunday 7am - 3 pm

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Singapore -Candy Cake- Galicier

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This traditional Nonya Kueh, cake and pastries shop will make you feel like a kid in a candy shop. You’ll be stricken by all the colours and the wide range of choice. Don’t panic if nothing is familiar. Two of their specialties are a must try: The sweet Kueh dadar (pancake coconut roll) and salty lemper, Indonesian glutinous rice filled with chicken or shrimp. Affordable and delightful.

ASK: For the latest baked

9 am - 9 pm. Closed on Mondays.

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Singapore -Crazy for Porridge-Ah Chiang

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If you think porridge is boring, wait until you see this place. According to the queue it seems more like looking for the Holy Grail here. All those people waiting for their comfort food from this stall, well established since the 1970’s. Mr Cher Kee Chiang has retired since but Cantonese style porridge (smooth and gooey rice congee) is still cooked over gas and traditional charcoal from 4 am. You can customize it in a dozen ways.

ASK: For the Century eggs one if you dare

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Singapore -The Curry Institution-Loo

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Loo is an institution. And mister Loo father and son have been serious about curry rice since 1946. The one only to be found in Singapore, as hainanese cooks learned from the nonya families. As curry alone takes three days to make, the result is a winning recipe. You can choose from the pork and vegetable chop to the spicy prawn and squids… A long queue awaits you during lunch hour, a sign that’s good.

ASK: For some cabbage to complement

8 am - 2pm. Closed on Thursdays.

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Singapore -Crazy for hawker- Tiong Bahru food Centre

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What would be a heritage neighbourhood without its food legacy? The Tiong Bahru market was the first country modern market to be built inside a housing area. Located above the wet market, the Tiong Bahru food centre has over 80 stalls and it would take weeks to try them all. Very very traditional, some of them have been in the business for over 50 years. Like “Tiong Bahru Pau” (stall #02-18), who started on Seng Poh road in 1965 and now sells its dim sum in over 6 outlets all over Singapore.

ASK : For a fresh sugar cane juice, they do it right in front of you.

Most stalls closed on Mondays

Tiong Bahru Market Food Directory by Bravo

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