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HD Box Kodi Addon Not Working? Here’s How To Install It The Right Way

By | October 21st, 2017

Is HD Box Kodi addon not working for you? Here’s how to fix it by installing it the right way on your Kodi 17 box.

This process will work for the aforementioned version 17.x Krypton of Kodi regardless of the hardware that the media center software is running on.

HD Box is one of those relatively simple add-ons that doesn’t try to be all things to all people. In fact, from a simplicity perspective, it’s as simple as it comes. Get this up and running and to get immediate access to the ability to stream HD movies directly through your Kodi installation. Let’s waste no additional time and take a look at how to get it installed on your existing Kodi setup.

Enable Unknown sources

Step 1: First and foremost, make sure that your Kodi installation is running and that you are on the first home screen. Select the ‘Settings’ icon and then System settings. From within that section, locate and select the Add-ons option.

Step 2: You will find yourself in the preferences relating to how add-ons work on this specific Kodi installation. Find the Unknown sources option and make sure the toggle switch to the side of it is toggled into the On position.

Install HD Box Kodi Add-on

Step 1: First of all you are going to need to have the Mucky Duck’s repo installed. To do this, click the ‘Settings’ icon from home screen, followed by selecting File manager and then Add source.

Step 2: Click into the text field which already has as the placeholder text and enter the following URL exactly as it appears: http://muckys.mediaportal4kodi.ml/

Select OK and then enter a name for the source. We will call this Muckys for the sake of this guide.

Step 3: Now head back to the Kodi home screen, select the ‘Settings’ icon, followed by selecting Add-ons and then click on Install from zip file option.

Step 4: Locate the Muckys source that we just added and select it. Inside of here, you should be able to locate a file called repository.mdrepo-x.x.x.zip. Select that and wait for the notification to show that the repo has been installed.

Step 5: Now you need to take a step back and select the Install from repository option. Select Mucky Ducks Repo, and then select Video Add-ons.

Step 6: Inside of the Video add-ons section you should see an add-on called HD Box. Select that to view its individual information page and then click the Install button in order to get it installed.

Wait for the installation to be successful, once it’s done, you will be notified. When done, you can then start enjoying and using the add-on by launching it from the Add-ons section of the Kodi home screen.

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The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough, Serene Centre: One of the Best Cafes This Year Serving Amazeballs

Co-owned by two former engineers, Nurhasanah Johari and Chalith Kariyawasam, The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough at Serene Centre started as a home bakery with occasional pop-ups. They close at 6pm to prepare, proof, and autolyse the dough to be baked the next day at 7am. Bread are freshly baked daily, using organic stoneground flour, water, sea salt and their own sourdough culture. These ingredients are halal but the bakery is not halal certified.

Besides sourdough bread, they also serve sandwiches, toasts, cakes, cookies, and bialys which are similar to bagels except bialys aren’t boiled before baking and don’t have holes in the centres. On Sundays, they have pizza nights. Their menu is meatless.

The shop space is very small; a narrow strip with enough space to display the breads and a single file of customers. There are 3-4 tables outside the shop, along the corridor, and another 2-3 more in the al-fresco grass patch in front of the shopping centre.

When we first saw the shop, we fell in love with it. It reminded us of Margaret Bakery at Perth, rustic, quaint, and unpretentious; just a focus on good food.

Instead of ordering sandwiches which were packed into brown paper, we were recommended by the helpful and handsome boy to get the caprese tartine ($ 6): “These are fresh from the oven!” (Side note: why can’t all servers be as cheerful and pleasant as this boy?) The sliced bread is topped with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella. Simple and clean and light. Excellent.

The nut butter toast ($ 4) is their most instagrammed item. And it is delicious. The house-made nut butter is thick and creamy, accentuated by the honey. The very wet sourdough comes on strongly, which I love. However, the sea salt was sprinkled unevenly. That can be worked on.

What I like about the toast is you can smell the aroma of the grain. They use a lot of water while making their bread, about 80% or more to the flour weight. They also bake breads at high temperatures. High temperature and high water content mean that the crust is hard and dark while the bread is moist. I love it!

The prune chocolate cake ($ 5) is an unusual combination, but it works excellently; you can taste individual elements but they don’t clash with each other. The dense dark chocolate is very sexy and bold and moist. What a delight.

The coffee from Cata Coffee (which roasts their beans fresh every week) here is also very good. I wanted an iced long black, my prefered choice of coffee, but the handsome boy recommended, “If you like black coffee, try the drip coffee. We make a good one.” Well, ok, whatever the handsome boy recommends, I would take it. The drip coffee uses Colombian beans and is smooth and not at all bitter. Fantastic.

Including two coffees, we paid $ 25. I regret that we were cafe-hopping that day and we couldn’t eat much at Woodlands Sourdough. But next time, I definitely want to buy one of every cake, cookie, and bread on display!


The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough
Serene Centre, 10 Jalan Serene #01-05 Singapore 258748
8am-6pm, closed M & T
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Food: 8/10
Decor: 6/10
Service: 7.5/10
Price: 5.75/10


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Covenant Kodi Addon Download Not Working? Fix It By Installing It The Right Way, Here’s How

By | October 21st, 2017

So, is Covenant Kodi addon download not working for you? Here’s how to fix it by installing it the right way.

Anyone who has Kodi experience, and who is familiar with the iconic Exodus add-on, will likely be familiar with what Covenant is bringing to the table.

Exodus may have disappeared with the shutdown of TVAddons repository, but Covenant lives on and steps in where that add-on left off. And thankfully, it’s relatively easy to get installed. Here we will guide you on how you can go about installing Covenant Kodi add-on the right way.

Enable Unknown sources

Step 1: When inside of the Kodi installation, select the ‘Settings’ icon from the main Kodi home screen and then System settings. Finally, choose the Add-ons option.

Step 2: Now, when you are in the Add-ons section of settings, you should see a preference toggle titled Unknown sources. This is where you can toggle the current Kodi installation to accept new sources added by the device owner. Make sure the toggle switch to the side of this is toggled into the On position.

Install Covenant Kodi Add-on

Step 1: From the Home screen of Kodi, select the ‘gear’ icon to head into settings and then select the File manager option. Once in File manager, select the Add source option.

Step 2: When you find yourself in the Add file source overlay, tap into the box to enter the source URL. Enter the following string into that box: http://ares-repo.eu and give it a name. We’ll call it Ares Wizard.

Step 3: Select the icon on the top left-hand side which looks like a box opening. When inside of there, select the Install from zip file option. Locate Ares Wizard on and select it.

Step 4: Now select the repository.aresproject folder, followed by selecting the repository.aresproject-x.x.x.zip file.

Step 5: Now take a step back and select Install from repository option. Select Ares Project > Program add-ons > Ares Wizard. Select Install to proceed with installing the Ares Wizard.

Note: Since it was already installed on our setup, you see the Uninstall button in the screenshot below. This should read “Install” when installing for the first time.

Step 6: Now, you need to launch the Ares Wizard from Program add-ons. Here select Browse Addons > Repositories > Colossus and select Install.

Step 7: Once Colossus is installed, head back to the Add-ons section from the main Kodi home screen and select the ‘box-like’ icon. Navigate to Install from repository > Colossus Repository > Video add-ons > Covenant, and select Install.

That’s it! Covenant is should now be finally installed! Enjoy the experience.

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East Bistro – Dim Sum & Pao Fan by the former head chef of Lei Garden

 Tony Wong, who has over 2 decades of experience as the former head chef of Lei Garden Singapore, is at the helm of East Bistro, which has rocketed to fame in recent months. East Bistro is famous for their exquisite dim sum and 泡饭 (pao fan).

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You might think that East Bistro was located in the east, but it is, in fact, located in Sembawang. The simple and modest interior was charming and had a homey feel.

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Other than the famous 东师傅催泡饭 (Chef special – “Pao Fan”, item #601, $ 6.80 for small), we also ordered a medley of their dim sum dishes which included the 香煎萝卜糕 (Pan fried radish cake, item #111, $ 4 for 3 pieces), 花菇皇叉烧包(“mushroom” char siew bao, item #103, $ 3.60 for 2), 四川口水鸡 (Chilled chicken in spicy sauce, item #203, $ 6) and the 黄金脆虾球(Deep fried prawn with salted egg sauce, item 310, $ 12 for small).

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Despite my bias against Teochew-style porridge (I prefer the Cantonese version), I have to admit that the 泡饭 was truly one of a kind. Remember to get your phone or camera ready before this dish arrives. Once the porridge arrived at our table, the server decisively threw fried rice crisps into the porridge and it started to crackle, much to our amusement. Since we were all still daydreaming, we missed the shot. Don’t be fooled by its watery texture and messy appearance. As you stir the dish, you’ll notice an aroma coming from the supremely rich and flavorful broth. The rice grains were soft and the addition of sesame seeds helped to enhance the fragrance of the dish. I also liked that the fried rice crisps had a contrasting texture to the softer rice grains. 

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In spite of the remarkable reviews of their 萝卜糕 (radish cake), we were not impressed by it. Despite the lightly-singed appearance, the radish cake had a good amount of flavor bolstered by the addition hei be (dried prawns) in the dish. While I did find it a little starchy, the essence of the fragrant radish cake was still intact. While the radish cake embodied the qualities of a good radish cake, it lacked the wow factor.

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We also had the “mushroom” char siew bao which looked like two oversized Shitake mushrooms served in a traditional bamboo steamer. The bun was extremely soft and fluffy, unlike any other char siew bao you might find in Singapore. Bite into the airy bun to reveal a sweet and moist char siew filling, which we could use more of. However, I liked how the filling doesn’t soak through the bun. This was probably my favourite item of the lot.

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Last but not least, the deep-fried prawns with salted egg sauce were fresh, crunchy, and crispy. However, we felt that they could also have been more generous with the salted egg sauce. Regardless, the deep-fried prawns were still crazy addictive. Priced at $ 12, this dish did not disappoint.

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It also wasn’t difficult to notice friendly head chef Tony Wong sauntering around the restaurant to ask if the food was all right. If you speak fluent Cantonese or Teochew, you’ll soon find yourself deep in conversation with him as he is very 热情 (enthusiastic). Seeing how easy-going he was, we asked him for a picture and he gladly obliged. 

To cater to the local palate, East Bistro’s menu also includes tze char dishes like 螃蟹脆米泡饭/米粉 (Crispy rice/rice noodle with crab in soup, item #409), everyone’s favorite虾酱鸡中翼(Chicken wings in prawn paste aka Har Jiong Gai, item #303), 麦片虾(Cereal Prawn, item #403), 马来风光(Sambal Kang Kong, item #501) and even a 星斑炉 (Red Garoupa Steamboat, item #511). We went on a weekday afternoon to avoid the crowd but I hear you’ll have to call in to reserve a table if you intend to go on a weekend. I’m sure you’ll enjoy their hospitality and the good food.

Address: 10 Jalan Tampang Singapore 758954 (Opposite Sembawang Shopping Centre)

Phone: 6752 4844

Opening Hours: 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm (Monday to Friday) and 9am to 3pm, 5pm-10pm (Saturday and Sunday). Closed On Tuesdays.

Cuisine: Chinese

MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.

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Tech Deals: Power Bank With Built-In Apple Watch Charger, Dishonored For $20, $17 Wireless Earbuds, More

By | October 20th, 2017

We are back once again with yet another installment of the wonderful daily technology deals. As you have come to expect by now, the deals offer significant price reductions on a range of technology-based products and gadgets, which means that you, the consumer, get the best possible deal for the technology that you want. Enjoy.

Starting off, we are looking at the fourth gen. Motorola Moto X Android smartphone discounted by $ 70.

Next up is a power bank which has a built-in magnetic charger for Apple Watch for just $ 45. Looking for a pair of wireless earphones? We have got you covered with on which costs just $ 17. Last but not the least, we have the Dishonored: Death of the Outsider game for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One for just $ 20. As always, the deals listed here are only available for a limited period of time, or till stocks last, whichever happens first. So if you have a product of choice narrowed in your sights, make sure you act quickly before the offers expire. Enjoy the savings!

Motorola Moto X 4th Generation ($ 329.99, usually $ 399.99)

If you have been in the market for a gorgeous new Android device, whether that be for full-time personal use or for a spare device when traveling for work or pleasure, then this is definitely one worth considering. This gorgeous piece of kit comes with hands-free access to Amazon Alexa, a glorious camera capable of shooting stunning images, and an amazing 5.2-inch full HD display. You will even get Android Nougat installed as an out-of-the-box experience.

Considering this model of Moto X is brand new, a deal on it even before it’s out makes it very tempting!

Buy: Motorola Moto X 4th Generation from Amazon: $ 329.99 | Original price: $ 400

5,000mAh Power Bank with Built-In Apple Watch Magnetic Charger ($ 45 with promo code, usually $ 119.99)

This is a portable power bank with a difference. First of all, it conforms to Apple’s official MFi program, which means that it is cleared for use by Apple and the official hardware specifications for this type of device. Secondly, it comes with a magnetic charging module which is perfect get the Apple Watch up and running with minimal fuss alongside charging your phones and tablets via regular USB ports. Two birds. One stone.

Best of all, you can grab the charger for $ 45 using the following promo code at checkout: KMMT4B8Z.

Buy: 5,000mAh Power Bank with Built-in Apple Watch Charger from Amazon: $ 45 | Original price: $ 120

iClever Wireless Bluetooth Earphones ($ 17 with promo code, usually $ 59.99)

These headphones are proof that you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to get a lightweight, powerful, and portable set of wireless earbuds. They come with a sweatproof exterior making them perfect for the gym or for pounding the pavement when running. They also offer a great audio experience and have a battery life which is more than adequate for this type of product and the price that you are paying.

Even better, you can grab them for as little as $ 17 using the following promo code at checkout: PXNV65EL.

Buy: iClever Wireless Bluetooth Earphones from Amazon: $ 17 | Original price: $ 60

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider for PC, Xbox One, PS4 ($ 19.99, usually $ 29.99)

For those who really want to engross themselves with some PC gaming, we want to introduce you to a wonderful deal on Dishonored: Death of the Outsider. This game comes built on top of the wonderful Void Engine for maximum performance and enjoyment, and even introduces stealth and combat artificial intelligence to make it even more difficult and enjoyable. Grab this wonderful gaming experience for a tiny price right now.

Buy: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider for PC, Xbox One, PS4 from Amazon: $ 19.99 | Original price: $ 30

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Blackwattle, Amoy Street: Outstanding Australian Cuisine by Chef from Automata in Sydney

Taking over Zott’s, Blackwattle restaurant at Amoy Street borrows its name from a species of trees native to Australia, and serves–no surprise here–Australian food. A smart move opening an Australian restaurant, given the Michelin Guide’s penchant for the cuisine.

35 year-old Australian Clayton Wells who opens Blackwattle is the chef of Automata, which ranks 9th best restaurant in Sydney by Australian Financial Review. At 19 years old, Wells was an apprentice in a hotel kitchen before moving on to eminent Sydney restaurants such as Quay and Tetsuya’s.

Wells leaves 28 year-old Joeri Timmermans, his sous chef at Automata, to helm Blackwattle. They serve a 3-course lunch at $ 48++ and 5-course dinner at $ 115++. A la carte is also available.

The 3-course lunch starts with an amuse bouche–they call it “snacks”–that consists of a fried cheese-and-tapioca cracker and a stormshell clam in rosemary dashi topped with aerated cream. One crunchy, one smooth; one land, one sea; one sweet, one salty; one rich, one light. A good juxtaposition.

The appetitizers come with this great, warm bun and cream whipped with chicken jus and anchovies. Huccalyly asked for seconds, and she said, “It’s enough. We can pay and go now. I feel like I already got my money’s worth with this f***ing excellent bread and cream.”

The appetizer, a kingfish tartare mixed with capers, creme fraiche and yuzu kosho, is excellent. Very fresh, light, nicely balanced, and the plum slices add a wonderful summer feel and undercuts the richness of the creme.

The grilled beef tri-tip–think the server said wagyu?–comes with burnt carrot, wood-ear mushrooms 黑木耳, and tamari sauce. The beef is excellently executed and it is a nice cut; it is tender and fat enough but there is a really fantastic bite. It’s also interesting to see how they pair the beef with wood-ear mushrooms.

The other option for a main, barramundi, is simply pan-fried, which is the way fresh fish should be done. The fish is paired with a hispi cabbage decorated with buckwheat like a Christmas tree. A good balance between the fish and veg.

The dessert, a pumpkin seed sorbet with bitters meringue and dried plum, is the least exciting. It’s alright: a rounded sourness to alleviate any sense of heaviness from the meal.

We like Blackwattle because the dishes are easy and clean; nothing very complicated, just letting the integrity of the ingredients to speak for themselves. We also like that it doesn’t try anything funny. For example, the barramundi, an Australian fish, is simply pan-seared, which should be the way fresh fish be cooked.

The service for a new restaurant is impeccable. Kudos. In fact, the service was so good that we didn’t paying for $ 5/pax for Singapore’s already-filtered water filtered through the Norqac system. We paid $ 62 per pax for lunch.


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Blackwattle
97 Amoy Street, Singapore 069917
tel: +65 6224 2232
M-F 12pm-3pm, M-Sat 6pm-11pm
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Food: 7.5/10
Price: 6/10
Service: 9.5/10
Decor: 6/10


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Black White Tale Cafe Review @ Tyrwhitt Road – Soul Food So Good

Black White Tale Cafe Review @ Tyrwhitt Road – Soul Food So Good

Black White Tale Cafe is a dream come true for a young couple – Robert and Elise, both have strong passion for good food and the opening of the cafe signifies a significant milestone in their life. The café highly stressed on simplicity in decoration, from furniture to walls, black and white theme lends itself to both cosy and comfy interpretations.

At Black White Tale Cafe, quality comes top on the agenda, besides quality ingredients are used, Chef Robert meticulously prepare each of the dishes with the soul and heart, implying clearly in the business logo tagline – Soul Food So Good.

And we have to agree, the food here is really good.

Toss & Turn Cheese Wheel Carbonara ($ 16.90)

Chef will have the Carbonara prepared right in front of the customers, the hot pasta was cooked in a full round freaking giant cheese wheel partially hollowed out into a bowl, tossing the hot food in the cheese bowl will slowly melt the layer of the cheese, the end result was a nice and cheesy carbonara.

Everything in the plate of the Carbonara was incredibly good, from the al dente pasta to the enthralling cheesy flavour, everything was well balanced to present you a high standard Carbonara, a highly recommended dish to order when dining here.

So Shiok Beef Burger ($ 16.90)

Thick grounded beef patty sandwiched in between two charcoal burger bread, melt Raclette cheese on the wedge-shaped was brought to the table and scrapping off the melting side cover the juicy beef patty, the combination of the savouriness of the Raclette cheese and the natural flavour from the beef patty provided a well harmonized flavour.

Shoestring fries was used as the side dish with the main, we are glad it was not the usual fast food featureless French fries but very well-seasoned shoestring fries, nice golden brown and perfect side dishes for the burger. It is another recommended item to order on the menu.

Hawaiian Fried Chicken with Raclette Cheese ($ 16.90)

Panko crumbed juicy thigh, tomatoes concasse and drenched with grilled Raclette cheese. Chicken thigh was well marinated, very much retained the juiciness and tenderness. The sweet potatoes fries were very appealing to the taste buds as well.

Quote from my son: “I don’t like sweet potatoes but this one is an exception.”

Ying Yang Fish & Chips ($ 12.90)

Two stripes of battered fish in two different colours – a usual golden brown and a charcoal coated black fish stripe, fish inner texture was tender and moist, the outer coating was thin and crispy, served with flavourful chilli crab sauce and salted egg sauce, another signature dish highly recommended.

Lava Cake

Not on the menu yet but we had the opportunity to try it, not too sweet chocolate went well with the smooth vanilla ice cream, another few seconds with the heating will probably more ideal to allow the lava to flow smoothly.

Our verdict

We are pretty much enamoured of the chef’s culinary skills at Black White Tale Cafe, besides the impeccable depth of the food quality and excellent customer service, the price here is very reasonable and that’s no reason not for a return visit.

Soul Food, So Good – we fully endorsed it.

No GST & Service Charge

Thanks Black White Tale for the invitation

Black White Tale Cafe

A: 35 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207536

H: Tue to Sun 12 noon – 10pm, Closed on Mondays

T: 81899970

FB:https://www.facebook.com/BlackWhiteTale/

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iPhone 7 Outselling iPhone 8 According To Analyst

By | October 18th, 2017

KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst John Vinh, via a client note, claims that the iPhone 7 is outselling the iPhone 8 across the United Kingdom and United States, citing surveys carried of carrier stores.

Somewhat predictably, sales of the iPhone 8 do appear impacted by the spectre of the iPhone X which is still a couple of weeks away from going on sale.

A sizeable portion of the early adopter user base is undoubtedly waiting for the flagship phone to drop, whereas they would normally have jumped on the iPhone 8 weeks ago. However, Vinh thinks there is more to it than that. Namely, the iPhone 8 is simply not being seen as a big enough jump over the existing iPhone 7.

“Many respondents indicated that a meaningful portion of customers are buying iPhone 7 in lieu of the new iPhone 8, given the lack of significant enhancements in the new phone,” Vinh wrote.

While iPhone 8 starts from $ 699 in the United States, iPhone 7 is retailing from $ 549 after a price cut.

Vinh also believes that carrier offers and deals are partly to blame here, too. While carriers are offering special deals on the iPhone 8, they are nowhere near those being offered on the older, less expensive iPhone 7. According to Vinh this is having a direct impact on whether buyers opt for the iPhone 8 or the iPhone 7.

There are of course problems with all of this, mainly the fact that the survey only takes into account carrier-owned stores. This in itself may skew the numbers as previously reported by KGI – more price-conscious buyers will likely make their purchases via carriers in order to take advantage of the aforementioned deals. Apple does not offer the same deals in its stores so when you take into account sales in Apple’s online and retail outlets it is possible the numbers would be a mirror image of those collated here.

This is all of course guesswork, and while the iPhone 8 does appear to be doing well it is surely only a matter of time before it is almost forgotten about in an avalanche of iPhone X media blitzes. There should be no doubt, the iPhone X is where it’s at, and Apple’s die hard fans know it.

(source: Reuters)

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Wee Family Seafood: Zi Char with wine pairing


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We might be worried about the disappearance of certain hawker dishes like char kway teow or satay beehoon, but not zi charZi char is alive and well and it is easy to understand why.  Whereas Singaporeans would complain about a plate of char kway teow which costs $ 6, no one blinks an eye at a plate of fried vegetables with oyster sauce that costs $ 8 at the zi charZi char is good business, which is why there are a lot of zi char out there.  The real challenge with zi char operators is how to come up with a few signature dishes which will help them stand out from the crowd.

Most zi char stalls serve a handful of tried and tested dishes which is usually a combination of fried proteins viz pork, chicken, tofu, prawns, squid etc in combination with a sauce, eg salted egg, coffee, sweet and sour etc.  Most will also do a fish head curry and some fried carbs like fried rice, beehoon, hor fun or noodles.  When you visit a typical neighbourhood zi char, you would probably end up ordering the same few dishes!


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Our makan group has been meeting regularly for a zi char meal for the last few years and after a while, the meal does feel a bit repetitive.  Most places do their fried stuff quite competently and it is difficult to differentiate the hae zhor of one zi char from another.  I haven’t really come across one that was infamously bad, but neither have I found one that is so amazing that I could tag it with a “really must try” label!    What I am trying to get at is this:  In order to stand out in the crowded zi char marketplace,  what zi char owners need to do is find something that really makes them stand out.

Wee Family Seafood has managed to do just that.  The owner, Milton Wee,  happens to own a wine boutique and so one of the things he is able to do is to cater to wine lovers who are looking to pair their wines with zi char food.

Milton has also capitalized on his exposure to fine dining during his early days as a banker to give his dishes a different twist. Take his crispy fried pork knuckle for example.  Unlike other places that braise their pork knuckle to soften the meat before deep frying, he uses a pork knuckle which has been cured and smoked first.  As a result, the pork knuckle has a texture akin to that of a ham.  The smoke flavour was not as pronounced as I would have liked, but the meat was moist and the skin was crispy.  I won’t say it’s the best crispy pork knuckle I have come across, but it is certainly different pairs very well with a oak Chardonnay or a nice Shiraz  4.25/5 

Another dish is the red wine pork ribs which is the result excess bottles of red wine in his storeroom.  The pork ribs are marinated in red wine, then fried and glazed with a red wine reduction made from a Bordeaux or Cabernet Merlot.  You can’t really make out the flavour of the wine in the dish, but it does give the ribs a unique flavour that you can’t find at other zi char3.75/5


Salted Egg Crayfish $ 40

The dish that did it for me was the salted egg crayfish.  Most zi char will capitalize on the shells of the crayfish because they make up 2/3 of its total weight.  So you can have a more substantial looking plate if you leave the shells on.  However,  I find that crays actually taste better if you simply deep fry the meat in a light batter.  I think a lot has to do with the cooking time.  With the shells on, most cooks tend to over cook the meat.  Deep frying the meat alone results in a meat that is much more moist and juicy.  The salted egg sauce is also very good at Wee’s.  They use fresh crayfish procured from the market and real salted egg yolks to make the dish rather than frozen crayfish and the widely available salted egg powder.  It’s a difference you can easily taste!  4.5/5

The kakis alsol liked the Hakka mee sua which was one of the few dishes that can be said to be vegetarian.  Milton tells me that he has a group of friends who meet together regularly and one of them doesn’t eat seafood!  So, he and his chef came up with this dish which uses a thick mee sua that has a nice springy texture.  It’s accompanied by a sauce made with century, salted and fresh eggs and two types of mushrooms. It’s actually quite nice, despite it being a vegetarian dish.  Worth trying!  4/5

Conclusion

There is a growing trend of zi chars that are opened by professionals who have made mid life transitions to the food business.  They would often serve dishes which they themselves like to eat which often reflect their own travels.  As a result, our zi char scene is becoming more globalized with places like New Ubin Seafood introducing ribeye steaks and carabinero prawns.  Wee’s Family Seafood has carved a niche for itself by focusing on the market of wine lovers seeking to enjoy their bottle with zi char food.  However, even if you are not opening a bottle, you will still find a good zi char meal here with 9 dishes for about $ 20-$ 30 per pax.

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