Breakfast is always the most important meal of the day as it provides the energy to start off a good day. Being in Singapore, I enjoy the local delights, especially a visit to the wet market / hawker to get grocery and breakfast. You can find all variety of grocery to plan your cooking and also indulge in a good breakfast by the hawkers who start business from 6.30am (they will begin preparation around 3-4am, depending on the type of food) till late noon.
One of my favourite hawker centre is the Chong Boon Market & Food Centre located at Ang Mo Kio Ave 10. They have many choices and of course, that includes some of my favourite local delights such as the following:
1. Bedok Chwee Kueh
Chwee kueh (水粿) is a type of steamed rice cake, a localised cuisine of Singapore and Johor. It is a combination of rice flour and water mixture, poured into small metal containers and steamed. It is topped with diced preserved radish and served with chilli sauce which makes it a popular breakfast in Singapore. There are various branches for your patronage:
- 207 New Upper Changi Road #01-53 Singapore 460207 / Bedok Interchange Food Centre
- 105 Hougang Ave 1 #02-45 Singapore 530105 / Hainanese Village Centre
- 628 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 #01-96 Singapore 560628 / Block 628 Market & Food Centre
- 453A Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-209 Singapore 561453 / Chong Boon Market & Food Centre
- 448 Clementi Ave 3 #01-32 Singapore 120448 / Block 448 Market & Food Centre
- 335 Smith Street #02-43 Singapore 050335 / Chinatown Complex Market
- 270 Queen Street #01-79 Singapore 180270 / Albert Centre Market & Food Centre
2. Wanton Mee
Wonton noodle is a Cantonese noodle dish which includes yellow noodle, cai-xin, barbecued pork and bite-sized dumplings or wonton. You can choose to have it served dry (added with chilli, soya sauce, sesame oil) and the wanton (dumplings) will be served separately with the soup or soup based. Today, I opted for the braised chicken feet noodle which is equally tasty.
Alternatively, you can always prepare a good home made breakfast if there isn’t a hawker nearby. Weekends are the days when I prefer planning special surprise breakfast since everyone is at home. I made a sumptuous Easter sunday american pancake breakfast which you can also make at home with ease.
Firstly, you can either buy ready make pancake premix from the supermarket or follow Nigella Lawson’s pancake premix recipe which I personally recommend.
1- Pancake Premix Recipe
- 600g of plain flour
- 3 tbsp of baking powder
- 2 tsp of bicarbonate soda
- 40g caster sugar / vanilla sugar
+ mix the ingredients together and store in a jar.
2- Batter (make about 15 pancakes)
- 1 cup of pancake premix
- 1 large egg
- 250ml of milk
- 1 tbsp of melted butter
+ mix and whisk all the ingredients together before cooking on the flat pan.
- Heat the flat pan with no oil.
- Spoon drops of 1.5-2 tbsp of batter onto the hot pan and wait for bubbles to appear on the surface of the pancakes before flipping them over to get them golden brown on both side. It takes about a minute or so per side to be cooked.
The other dishes (sausage, baked beans., chicken patty) were bought off the supermarket shelves and baked/ boiled for healthy living. You can choose to make your dishes from scratch a day before if you have the time. For me, I prefer mess free and quick meals (15-30 mins) as the most important part of eating is the companionship (family).
So remember to have a good breakfast everyday!!
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