The New Hawker Days

Patronizing hawker centers and coffee shops has been my favorite past-time since the university days. Aside from my usual cafe-hoppings, I do love my local delights as much as the rest too! I did notice the trend that there are more and more young hawkers around these days and how they evolve and make hawkers more hipster. From bringing interesting (unconventional) hawker foods into the scene to changing something traditional/old school into something hippy like for example converting a coffeeshop into hipster chill out coffee shops (2 Face Pizza and Taproom at Eng Hoon Street & Salute Coffeeshop at Bukit Merah Lane). Seriously, i didn’t expect this to happen one day.


Anyway these young hawker heroes definitely deserves some support from us for the courage to start a food business, giving up their current comfortable jobs and bringing good vibes into Singapore’s F&B industry. So let me share with you some of my favorites among them all.

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a summary of 2013.

yes, i am back blogging. kinda got the feeling to blog my feelings of 2013, hope i got this kinda feeling everyday so i can jot down my life for me to reflect when i am old… lets see!

many things happened in 2013…


1. i found an officially full-time job at a bank – finally working and contributing back to the family which i felt good and not useless anymore.

2. i baked a lot. i did stop baking during the peak period of my bank job but not long after, i resumed baking as i find baking is therapeutic and i am able to find peace.

3. personally, i felt Bakinginthewoods grew up a lot in 2013. from nothing to something. not saying we are really something but you can see our growth and difference if you really trace back! we had constantly improvising the recipes and creating new flavors for our customers. we started from a salted caramel cheesecake to a almost full-fledged catering menu. from individual cake orders to dessert table and event setup. our logo kept changing too, hopefully we can settle down for an ideal design for name cards and future printings. from weekly emails to daily emails and invitation for collaborations. it was really our honor to receive invitation and to know you want us to be part of your event. i am sorry that i had to reject some due to our peak season and wrong timing. our cry goodies which are a hit last year and this year, we launched a new pineapple tart flavor – the cheese pineapple tarts which was a HIT, received a lot of praises for that *happy beams* i hope in the year of 2014, we can do more dessert tables and bring it to another higher level.

4. managed to travel quite abit in 2013. hong kong twice, KL twice, penang twice, ipoh twice, tioman, koh samui & taiwan.

5. quitted my bank job.

6. discovered how much i treasure time alone and personal space. when i was so busy and stressed out with work, i yearned to have some time alone to clear my mind & now i am enjoying my time a lot as much as i can before i am busy again.

7. guilty as charged, i haven attend church for so long.

anyway just wanna share some pictures of a beautiful wedding dessert table i did.

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for a fairytale theme, the couple ordered 200 cupcakes (red velvet, passionfruit meringue cup pies, earl grey lavender cupcakes, banana chocolate and vanilla cupcakes)

some of my satisfying creations in 2013:

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haha, a little lazy to upload the rest to my lappy.

shall post it again another day. it’s freaking 3.14am *yawns* & i need to sleep now.


the last bits of 2012




































In conclusion of the remaining of my 2012, i baked a lot, travelled to chiangmai & seoul, spent my first white xmas in my life, cafe-hopping in seoul, locked our love at seoul tower, challenged myself with eating live octopus, spent the leftover of 2012 with my loves & of course started a online bakery called bakinginthewoods.

Thanks for making my 2012 an awesome especially you, dee! <3

i just wanna make you feel my love.


When the rain is blowing in your face,
And the whole world is on your case,
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love.

When the evening shadows and the stars appear,
And there is no one there to dry your tears,
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love.

I know you haven’t made your mind up yet,
But I would never do you wrong.
I’ve known it from the moment that we met,
No doubt in my mind where you belong.

I’d go hungry; I’d go black and blue,
I’d go crawling down the avenue.
No, there’s nothing that I wouldn’t do
To make you feel my love.

The storms are raging on the rolling sea
And on the highway of regret.
Though winds of change are blowing wild and free,
You ain’t seen nothing like me yet.

I could make you happy, make your dreams come true.
Nothing that I wouldn’t do.
Go to the ends of the Earth for you,
To make you feel my love
To make you feel my love

Our Apartment in Sydney

Sorry for the slow update on my Sydney trip. Last week was a crazy  week for me but at least i am back with updates again!

Our apartment in Sydney!

This apartment got 2 rooms. This was the room shared  by me & shanel.Our toilet.

We are always the earliest. So early means more time to take pictures. Hahaha

Forced shanel to take a #ootd picture of herself. :p

More Day 2 very soon! We took lots of photos on day 2 :X

2nd Stop

a weird hobby of mine whenever i am travelling, i love to visit their supermarket or convenience stores like kmart, family mart… etc.

Here i am in one of Australia’s biggest supermarket, Woolworths. Something random, i prefer Woolworths to Coles. haha.

After bourke street bakey, we got some time to spare before dinner at Kylie Kwong’s restaurant so we went to a nearby supermarket to get some groceries for our apartment in Sydney! (YES, our itinerary was all about EAT, EAT, EAT & EAT MORE! haha)

Shanel told me pink lady apples are best apples she ever tasted. So i went to get it and try, and i think it tasted like premium fuji apples. haha! Not bad not bad.

cute looking & interesting carrots.

i love the smoked club cheddar from margaret river! Brought one back home 🙂

Then we went into a pharmacist shop. Apparently, you can find a lot of different kinds of supplements and pills there even without a doctor’s prescription unlike in singapore, and it’s much cheaper to get it in Australia too!

One of my girlfriends got too excited that she lugged back almost 10kg worth of pills -_-

it’s train, bus, bus & walk walk before we managed to find our way to our dinner place. Luckily we gave one and a half hour allowance to travel to the restaurant. haha

loving my boots from 🙂

Billy Kwong Restaurant, Kylie Kwong’s restaurant.

very packed. for your information, u need to make reservation to avoid disappointment.

Their signature dish in the shop, fried eggs. This simple dish costs us 19aud. Indeed the most expensive egg i ever had in my life till now. The taste is very interesting, it’s oily & there’s chili oil and vinegar in it. Worth trying but i think this dish could be even better if it’s a little bit more spicy.

Homestyle fried biodynamic(what is this?!) eggs with organic tamri & homemade XO.If i am not wrong, this is stir-fried organic chickweed, milk thistle,marshmallow plant, nettles, dandelion & cavolo nero with young ginger& organic tamari (15aud)

Yes, i know. This dish name is really long & i have no idea what was that when my vegetarian gf ordered that.

Tasted like quite salty stir-fried greens but goes well with rice.

i think they roasted or dry-fried the chickweed before stir-fry with oil & rest of the ingredients which gives this dish a very unique burnt yet pleasant taste.

Dry-fried biodynamic hokkien noodles with chinese cabbage, homemade XO & grained kombu (100% natural), 27 aud.

This gotta be my favourite out of all.

Red- braised, caramelised black berkshire pork belly with malfroy’s yellow box honeycomb, organic fish sauce

(100% natural), fresh lemon & sichuan pepper, 42 aud.

(i think the menu basically named out all the condiments & ingredients used in each dish. haha)

The most expensive pork belly dish ever.

The sauce of this pork belly was sweet and oily, i thought the pork was quite tough for my liking.

I wouldn’t recommend this dish at all.

Definitely one of the better chinese food in Sydney, worth trying if u are a fan of Kylie Kwong or TLC fan.

Hope to get hold of one of her books to improve my chinese cooking 🙂

That’s the end of my Sydney Day 1.

Day 2 soon, i promised.

First Stop in Sydney

After hearing so much about Bourke Street Bakery, when i know i was going to Sydney, the first thing that came to my mind was “I NEED TO GO BOURKE STREET BAKERY IN SYDNEY!”. Therefore, my first stop in Sydney was that. I really love Sydney a lot, not so sure about the people but the place is really beautiful. The street, houses and shops are so LONDON. I don’t know how to describe to you guys how beautiful Sydney is, so i shall let the pictures do the talking.

Getting around in Sydney wasn’t easy for us. Sydney, just the CBD alone can kill all of our brain cells. The routes, trains, buses are quite complex, maybe because Sydney itself is really big unlike Singapore. There’s no 1 bus that u can get straight to your destination. Taking 2 buses to a place and you should consider yourself lucky. I haven’t even calculate the amount of walking we did. CRAZY. Despite changing so many buses, there’s still a significant amount of walking to be done & lots of map reading. I think i have promoted from a map noob to a map pro. Anyway I forgot how many buses we took and how long we walked (all i remembered was I WALKED ALOT)  but we finally reached or found our destination after like 2 hours from our apartment? We were famished.

so many yummy pastries! so spoilt for choices :p

On the table: croissant, chocolate tart & mushroom quiche.

croissant wasn’t that fresh anymore but still not so bad, chocolate tart was good (very rich!) & quiche wasn’t that salty enough for my liking. If only the quiche got more cheese in it & it will be PERFECTO.

Bourke Street Bakery serves quite a good cup of latte & hot chocolate! 🙂

Happy girl who finally got to try the legendary Bourke Street Bakery!

What’s new to the table: lemon cream tart & carrot cake. Sorry, couldn’t remember what the last item -_-

There’s 2 extreme responses to the lemon cream tart.

1) way too eggy & the lemon tanginess made the eggy tasted like rotten eggs ( that’s me and shanel’s vote)

2) very yummy ( don’t ask me why cause i don’t understand why)

I thought this carrot cake was pretty good. The cake was just moist enough & spices in the cake wasn’t overwhelming.

The only thing was NOT ENOUGH CREAM CHEESE 🙁

Overall it was a pleasant visit to Bourke Street Bakery. Couldn’t find anything much to complain about because the beautiful scenery, afternoon mild sun ray, weather & companions had covered up the imperfections.

I miss cafe hopping in Sydney already!

Will blog Day 1 Part 2 real soon about my visit to Kylie Kwong’s restaurant in Sydney! wheeee~