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So Long! Farewell! The Last Train From KTM Tanjong Pagar

The day has finally arrived, a day of mixed emotions for many people from both sides of the Causeway, with roots deeply entrenched with each other across her history. This special day will be remembered for her last train service operating out from KTM Tanjong Pagar Railway Station before the train station was handed back to Singapore.

With each day counting towards the end of chapter in Singapore’s history and Malaysia’s history as well, it marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new era ahead. Many people from all walks of life gathered, remembered, reminisced, shared, trekked, taking photographs of the Grand Old Dame, her railway tracks, The Green Corridor, the traditions, heritage and history. The elderly, the parents bringing their children to know about the history of the railway tracks. The papers, social media, blogs and internet were buzzing with great interest and publicity on the KTM Railway lines and the KTM Railway Stations Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Timah.

Thursday 30th June 2011, on the final day of her railway operations in Singapore, it was the best to send off The Last Train Out From KTM Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in style and honour that she fully deserved, by being part of the history; to be there to remember her heritage, history and achievements, taking photographs and videos with their friends, family and loved ones, taking the last passenger train at 2200hrs out from Tanjong Pagar or the VIP train at 2300hrs driven by His Excellency, the Sultan of Johor himself, out of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, marking the end and handing over of KTM Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

A time of mixed emotions, I studied beside the KTM Tanjong Pagar Railway Station for 4 years (when I was studying at Gan Eng Seng School when it was situated at Raeburn Park) and the railway line situated behind Clementi HDB estate and Sunset Way Railway Bridge (when I was studying at Clementi North Primary School whereby it was situated at Clementi Avenue 6). With this closure, what lies ahead ? For the railway stations in Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Timah, we know they will be preserved for our history and heritage, how about the beautiful Green Corridor? Only time will tell …

I will not forget about them and did not choose to remember it just because it was near to the end of her long service, it’s for the memories that I grew up with that is unique to me and maybe others too.

Lest We Forget, the KTM Railway in Singapore, let the photographs continue telling the stories from here ….


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Must Try Food : Benkei Japanese Cuisine – Amara Stall

In the heart of Tanjong Pagar, beside the hawker centre, coffee shops and restaurants around there, there is also a food court on the 4th floor of Amara Shopping Mall, another popular lunch time eating place for the Tanjong Pagar CBD crowds. Amara Shopping Mall has been in the district for quite some time already and their selection of food stalls there are popular and well liked by the CBD crowds.

There is a stall there at Amara Shopping Mall Food Court, that sells Japanese Cuisine and it is sold by the locals, there is an inevitable debate and discussion on whether non-Japanese natives like us locals would be to cook and produce authentic Japanese cuisine as good as the Japanese. For Benkei Japanese Cuisine, I believe that they are able to match up to the standards and authenticity of the native Japanese cooking.

During lunch time, they have a nice steady crowd of customers queuing up to order their food from them, quite a wide variety of Japanese set meals at a decent price too ! They also opened for the evening crowds too for dinner and having eaten at their stall for a number of years already, it’s still as good, tasty and delicious! The folks at Benkei Japanese Cuisine stall are a bunch of friendly folks and it’s nice chatting with them, if they have the time since they can get really busy during lunch time !

I took their Saba fish and Chicken set meal, take a look at them !

Where can you find Benkei Japanese Cuisine – Amara Stall

Amara Shopping Mall

165 Tanjong Pagar Road

4th Floor Food Court

Stall 10C

If you are around the area during lunch time, do drop by and taste Benkei Japanese Cuisine ! It can be pretty crowded during lunch time !

Must Try Food : Old Tiong Bahru Roast Specialist

The lunch crowds at Tanjong Pagar Plaza are usually crowded and packed, with many people eating and queuing for their favourite food stalls. Among those stalls at Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre, there is roast meat specialist that stands out, with its queue, popularity and very yummy looking roast pork, char siew and roast duck.
This is the Old Tiong Bahru Roast Specialist and I tasted their Char Siew and Roast Pork combination with boiled egg. Nice meat portion sizes, tasty, the roast pork was tender and skin was crispy. It wasn’t too oily nor having too much fats either ! The gravy for the roast pork and char siew was sweet and the thickness is just nice for my liking an taste great on the rice.
Take a look at my Roast Pork and Char Siew Rice with egg ! Look at the Roast Pork !
Where are they located ? Information below :

Old Tiong Bahru Roast Specialist
Address: Tanjong PagarTanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre, Blk 6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #02-39

Do drop by and visit them and find out more about their other dishes there !

Must Try Food : Issan Thai Food

A cosmopolitan city, a melting pot of cultures and people, east meets west, the fusion and mix of different culture’s food coming into Singapore, makes us a unique country of many different food varieties and specialities. Our favourite neighbour, the Land of Smiles, Thailand, has a great mix of Thai food and I am a big fan of Thai food.

Tucked away in one of Singapore’s oldest hawker centre, in the middle of the Central Business District, in the heart of the Tanjong Pagar, there is a Thai Food outlet, known as Issan Thai Food. It’s popular, delicious and you can see people queueing up for their food during lunch time. 2 of the food that I tasted were Phad Thai and Thai Green Curry, freshly cooked and hot.

Let me share my experiences on the Phad Thai first, it’s very nicely cooked, just nice and the right mix of seasoning and sauce, not too wet and oily and the prawns are fresh! Mix the crushed nuts, chili powder and squeeze the lime onto the Phad Thai, you are tasting an authentic Phad Thai !

Thai Green Curry (Chicken), another of my favourite Thai dish, love its taste and soup, not too spicy, not too thick, not too oily, fresh herbs filled the Green Curry and when you chew on them, the fragrance and freshness melts in your mouth, the power of the freshness and quality of the ingredients. Mix it with the rice and this is an awesome combination.

Do drop by Issan Thai Food and try their delicious authentic Thai Food !

Blk  6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre.

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Delicious Thai Food, lovely and I would go back to try out their different Thai dishes !

Must Try Food : Soon Heng Food Delights Lor Mee

Lor Mee, probably one of Singapore’s favourite local food delights and definitely one of my favourite food delights. Soon Heng Food Delights Lor Mee, tucked away in one of Singapore’s oldest hawker centre, in the middle of the Central Business District, in the heart of the Tanjong Pagar.

What makes this Lor mee so special, popular and well liked ? Take a look !

Can you see the ingredients inside the bowl ? Did you see 2 deep fried “fish ball” ? Do you know what it is ? It’s not your average fish ball, it’s deep fried shark meat ball !! The Lor Mee soup/gravy base is not as thick, however, it is just as smooth, delicious and doesn’t turn soggy quickly, retaining its texture, smoothness and taste.

Their ingredients are a mixed of Ngoh Hiang a.k.a Wu Xiang and this make this Lor Mee special and unique. Their chili comes in 2 types, sliced chili and belacan chili, along with the nicely mashed garlic, put them together into the Lor Mee gravy/soup and you have a great combination !

This is the address of this delicious Lor Mee

Soon Heng Food Delights

Blk  6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre.

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Alright foodies ! Do drop by and have a great Lor Mee meal !

Must Try Food : House of Chicken Rice

Chicken Rice, a dish, that is sometimes an integral part of Singapore’s food culture and history, very popular and well liked by Singaporeans and tourists, therefore there are quite a number of chicken rice stalls in Singapore, spread all over the island. Therefore, how does the Chicken Rice stall stands out ?

First and foremost, let me introduce to this eatery known as House of Chicken Rice, popular among the white collar workers of Tanjong Pagar CBD area and among the locals too. They have the roasted chicken and steamed chicken varieties, both tasted very nice and delicious, especially the sauce that the cook/chef would pour on your chicken meat when they serve it to you. Therefore, they do have a steady queue of people eating their chicken rice and their chickens are usually sold out ! That’s how popular and nice the House of Chicken Rice is !

Their fried bean curd taste nice too and you can order them as an additional side dish to complement your chicken rice set, the spices of chili, sweet thick soya sauce, green ginger/garlic paste (if I analysed it correctly) along with their soup, it makes your chicken rice meal experience awesome and wanting to come back for more !

Do visit the House of Chicken Rice, the address is as follows :

Blk 8 Tanjong Pagar Plaza

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p/s: I like the steamed chicken rice set 🙂

Must Try Food : Fish Slice Soup of Tanjong Pagar Plaza

Fish slice soup, Teochew style, hidden away in one of Singapore’s old district and rich heritage area. A stall without any signboard above, it just looked simple and faded away in history. Yet, this Teochew fish slice stall, has a rich and simple fish soup base that comes along with fresh fish slices and bitter gourd !

I was introduced to this fish slice stall by my senior from Gan Eng Seng School Dragon Scout Group, when we met up  together with other old boys of Dragon Scout Group for a lunch gathering at  Blk  6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre. The stall is managed by an old lady with her son (I presumed) and they are located on the 2nd floor, unit number 46.

They have fish slice soup and mixed fish soup, personally, I would go for their fish slice soup, love their simple and rich fish soup base with bitter gourd to “lower down the heat trapped inside you” and in Singapore’s hot and humid weather, it helps a lot and gives the soup a cooling and refreshing flavour too.

Look at the photos, it’s not oily at all and you would love the simplicity of the soup ! Once you have the soup and tasted the fish slices, you would definitely come back for more !