The inspiring Travelling GourmetTM finds the Night Blooming Jasmine…

is still going strong…

Story & photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GourmetTM

MY good friend, the late Andrew Tan and his Grandma made Xe Lai Xiang at the Bedok Food Centre an iconic hawker stall for Cheng Theng. His brother, Peter Lim is four years older and is rightly famous for his Jew Hoo Eng Chye aka crunchy and gelatinous Squid and Kang Kong with lashings of sweet and spicy peanut sauce plus healthy Eng Chye or Spinach. I was there this evening and chatted with Andrew’s sister, Corinne, popularly known by her nickname “Coco”. Coco told me with a tinge of sadness, “Andrew wouldn’t listen to us…his family. Sometimes people like to listen to others and not to their own people. His friend always brought him Ritz Apple Strudel and encouraged him to eat it…and he wouldn’t take his medicine…” Well, in a way you could say Ritz Apple Strudel contributed to this demise…I never liked Ritz Apple Strudel. Firstly it is NOT Apple Strudel but just a pale imitation and bastardized version of it that is full of unhealthy cream! Yucks!

Coco gave me my icy cold Cheng Theng and wished me, “Gong Xi Fa Cai Darling and stay HEALTHY!”

I miss cherubic Andrew and his cheery smile and cheeky grin as he served up umpteen bowls of superb Cheng Theng. The good news is that his Cheng Theng is still available, and there was a long queue as usual. Andrew sadly passed away not so long ago from a massive heart attack, while working hard at his family stall.

I agree with Coco. Ritz Apple Strudel to my mind as The Travelling GourmetTM, a professional Chef and Travel, Food & Wine Writer/Educator, respectfully, is a sorry excuse for a cake, and does not deserve the name strudel. It is NOT strudel like the original and yummie Austrian and German Apfel-Strudel. It is just full of empty Calories in the form of sugar and ueber-fattening cream! Yucks! For me only the original German/Austrian Apfel-Strudel with crisp Filo pastry is worth eating! MUCH More healthy too.

Happy Chinese New Year of the Green Wooden Horse and stay healthy!

Eat well, live well and BE well! 🙂

Ye Lai Xiang

Bedok Food Center

at the curving bend opposite Bedok Army Camp

See the link below for the immortal song “Ye Lai Xiang”

Ye Lai Xiang is the Chinese name of a flower, night blooming jasmine scientifically known as Cestrum nocturnum. The flower blooms at night and is strongly scented which is released at night. The lyrics of the song describes the beauty of the flower. Bear in mind that there is a hidden meaning…that of missing your lady love when night falls…Very romantic…Enjoy your Cheng Theng 🙂

About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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1 Response to The inspiring Travelling GourmetTM finds the Night Blooming Jasmine…

  1. Reblogged this on The Travelling Gourmet and commented:

    I went to have some Jew Hoo Eng Chye last night and it was still fabulous! The BEST in the East! Enjoy!


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