Friday, June 30, 2017

The Replacement - Lodge & Kitchen, Johor Bahru

Cafe-hopping in Singapore might burn a hole in your wallet, but at Johor Bahru, you get to leverage on the currency, and yes, that means you get to eat great food at 1/3 the price. On our recent trip, we had plans to visit Coffee Valley, but was disappointed that it was in the process of moving to Sutera Mall (update: they are opened now at Sutera Mall!). We decided to explore around the corner and found another gem - The Replacement instead (how apt, because it actually replaces one of our cafe-hopping location).

This dainty, modern cafe sits at a prominent spot in Jalan Dhoby (aka Jalan Cafe or Jalan Hipsters, just kidding) and features an exterior of clean white walls - now this is worth mentioning because buildings are generally old and torn down around the area. To start off, The Replacement is seriously, and I'm saying it with a serious face, seriously insta-worthy. OMG, damn it, just look at this.


Friday, June 2, 2017

13 Reasons Not to Skip Breakfast in Singapore

Breakfast is known to be the most important meal of the day, because of a dozen benefits, such as having a balanced diet for weight loss, better energy and focus for the day. Yes, these are reasons not to skip breakfast, but my reasons are different. I wake up for my favourite kaya toast, you tiao, and nasi lemak. Eh, not that you can't get them after 11.59am, but somehow, just somehow, they taste at least 2.5 times greater during morning.

You see, one of the greatest benefits of staying in Singapore is our multi-racial cuisine. Dim sum, mee rebus, roti prata, you want ang moh (Western) breakfast also can (but not featured here ah). So throw away your nutella sandwich, because here are 13 preferred dishes that a local Singaporean would have for breakfast. Don't tell me otherwise hor, this is from an extensive research conducted by limbeh with three people (my mother, brother, and girlfriend). Mai siao siao.

1. Kaya Toast

I swear, nothing else in this list represents a Singapore breakfast as much as our favourite kaya toast, paired together with soft boiled eggs, and a cup of kopi or teh. The crux of this dish is none other than the kaya, which is basically coconut jam, made of... COCONUT (genius!) milk, sugar, pandan, and eggs. You don't twist, lick, dunk with this, but you can either dip the toast into the eggs (preferred!) or coffee for the extra flavours. Kaya toast is also a popular snack for tea-time.

Recommended: Tong Ah Eating House (Cantonment), Ya Kun, Chin Mee Chin Confectionery (East Coast)