About Us


How Did My Food Story Begin?

“You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too.” – Kurt Vonnegut

How Did My Food Story Begin

My Food Story started in December 2015 because of a duck confit.

It’s not because it’s the world’s best. But that S$20 over dollars duck confit exceeded my expectations; it was faultless for its price and is served near a MRT Station. Finally! Delicious food at a reasonable price that’s not at an ulu [1] location, I have to tell everyone about it!

As chance would have it, I met that duck confit after I quitted my job as an Engineer to try my hands at being a HDB tai tai [2]. With time on my hands, what should have ended as a single food review became the starting point of a pictorial food blog on Instagram. Subsequently, this website was also born.

[1] ulu (Singlish) – Remote, out of the way.

[2] HDB tai tai (Singlish) – The less wealthy version of tai tai, a married woman who does not work but spends her time shopping, meeting friends, etc. Unlike her wealthier counterparts, HDB tai tai usually has to do housework.


What Is My Food Story About?

“One of the very nicest thing about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti

What Is My Food Story About

Have you ever wondered why other people rave about an eatery, whose food you find is absolutely lousy? Are they perhaps lying for advertising fees? Or do they have problems with their taste buds?

Chances are neither is true.

As the saying goes, one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Taste is subjective. There is probably no good or lousy food, just food you like or dislike. So those people are neither lying nor having faulty taste buds, they just have different taste buds from you.

Another reason why others would love an eatery that you dislike might be this- did you order the same dishes as them?

Consider this. My friends and I visit eatery A and ordered dish 1 to 4, all of which we liked very much. We then recommend the eatery to you. But at eatery A, you ordered dish 5 to 8 instead, all of which you dislike. What will you think? Either our comments are bogus or that we really “have no taste”. You may be right. But it could also be because you and I formed our opinions of the same eatery based on different foods.

To avoid this problem, here at My Food Story, I will write about specific foods instead of eateries. But here’s the catch, I will only write about the foods that I like, not those that I dislike. Why? Because I have no time to write about them! Besides, it’s more fun to share about foods that I like and help them find the bigger audience I think they deserve.

As for whether you will like the foods I recommend, below is a reference of my palate. You be the judge!

“I prefer foods that are not too salty and desserts that are not too sweet. I am not into strong flavours though I like spicy foods. I can never say no to fried foods. I am neither into raw food nor cold noodles. I prefer chicken and pork to beef and lamb. I love seafood. I love desserts even more. Teatime is my favourite time of the day. I avoid buffets whenever I can, with breakfast buffet being the exception. I like my fried eggs with yolks that are fully cooked and whites with some char. I drink my coffees and teas without sugar. I don’t have a favourite cuisine, I like all of them. For pastas, I prefer Aglio Olio/tomato to cream ones.”

I do not own a car so I rely on the public transport to get from point to point, with the MRT as my preferred mode of transport. Consequently, I favour any foods that can be found near MRT stations.

As I mentioned, I am currently jobless (apart from being a HDB tai tai, but that doesn’t provide an income) thus I cannot afford to be dining at expensive restaurants. While I would like to have cheap food, it is often difficult to find cheap and good together. Instead, I tend to settle for reasonably priced food.

With the above premise, I have written My Food Story to recommend foods I like that are also reasonably priced and near MRT Stations. To bring this point across, I created 4 fictional characters, Mr Good, his wife Ms Teatime and their friends, Mr Bargain Hunter and Mr MRT as My Food Story’s mascots. Join them as they bring you good foods, tasty high teas and delightful desserts at reasonable prices, all located near MRT stations!

My Food Story will also list all the cafes with value added services (eg. Free WiFi, Charging Points, Near PokeStops) that are near MRT stations to cater for days when you are not particular about what you eat as long as you can get Free WiFi (or other value added services) along with your food.

Just as My Food Story serves as a database for me to track all my favourite foods and cafes with Free WiFi near MRT stations, I hope that you will also find this website useful for you!

Disclaimer

My Food Story is not related to SMRT or any of the food eateries featured.


Meet The Mascots Of My Food Story!

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” – Ruth Reichl

Meet The Mascots Of My Food Story

Mr Good: Likes foods that are tasty but not so salty.
Mr Good
Likes foods that are tasty but not so salty.
Palate Type: Light-Medium.
Ms Teatime: Likes confectioneries that are tasty but not so sweet.
Ms Teatime
Likes confectioneries that are tasty but not so sweet.
Palate Type: Light-Medium.
Mr Bargain Hunter: Likes foods that are value for money; cheap, good and plenty.
Mr Bargain Hunter
Likes foods that are value for money; cheap, good and plenty.
Palate Type: Medium.
Mr MRT: Likes eateries with value added services that are located near MRT Stations (about 10mins walk).
Mr MRT
Likes eateries with value added services that are located near MRT Stations (about 10mins walk).
Palate Type: Anything goes.


Background Story For My Food Story

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw

Background Story

Good likes to eat,
Especially with Cheap.
But Good and Cheap
Very seldom meet.
Instead,
Good will mostly meet
Bargain Hunter, a friend of Cheap’s.

Good takes small meals
Many times each day.
That was how he met his wife,
A lovely lady named Teatime.
He used to find Buffet very charming too.
But Alas!
No longer his cup of tea.

Teatime adores all desserts,
Adorably sweet little ones.
It doesn’t really matter,
Italian, English or even Thai.
Gelato, Scone or Sticky Mango Rice.
She loves them all.
All but the oversweet ones.

Good and Teatime
Live off food discoveries.
Their partner is MRT
A smart and well-connected man.
MRT is planning new routes
DTL, JRL, TEL and more
Together, they will conquer new grounds for My Food Story.


Acknowledgements & Dedications

“Everything you see on My Food Story, I owe it to Food. And the people listed below.” – Denise Chua

Acknowledgments and Dedications

MY FOOD STORY IS DEDICATED

To All Foodies, Especially Those without a Car

I hope that you will enjoy the food finds on My Food Story.

As you have probably guessed, I also do not have a car.

THANK YOU

To Stacy Cheang, My Oldest Friend

Thank you for bringing me to The Betterfield, where I met the duck-of-my-blog, the one that prompted me to start My Food Story.

Pardon me, I didn’t mean to say that you are old. I only wanted to express that I knew you for the longest.

But My Longest Friend sounded kind of weird…

To Shuan Gian, Chef and Owner of The Betterfield

Thank you for accepting My Food Story’s interview. I am grateful for your generosity in giving up the precious rest time in between your lunch and dinner crowd to share your story with me. Your story was fascinating; I only hope my writing did justice to it.

To My Husband

Thank you for being my food buddy, lighting man and web page designer. Without your light, literally; my food pictures will never look as good. Thank you for the gift of freedom to pursue my interests and for footing the bill on this food journey.

To All the Relatives and Friends Who Dined With Me

Thank you for your patience; for tolerating your hunger as I took a dozen photos on each dish served, before you could start eating. Especially during the times when I later declared that the photos were not going to be posted because none of them looked good enough. Maybe it is time to upgrade my camera. Just saying in case you are wondering what to get me for my birthday.


About Us


How Did My Food Story Begin?

“You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too.” – Kurt Vonnegut

How Did My Food Story Begin

My Food Story started in December 2015 because of a duck confit.

It’s not because it’s the world’s best. But that S$20 over dollars duck confit exceeded my expectations; it was faultless for its price and is served near a MRT Station. Finally! Delicious food at a reasonable price that’s not at an ulu [1] location, I have to tell everyone about it!

As chance would have it, I met that duck confit after I quitted my job as an Engineer to try my hands at being a HDB tai tai [2]. With time on my hands, what should have ended as a single food review became the starting point of a pictorial food blog on Instagram. Subsequently, this website was also born.

[1] ulu (Singlish) – Remote, out of the way.

[2] HDB tai tai (Singlish) – The less wealthy version of tai tai, a married woman who does not work but spends her time shopping, meeting friends, etc. Unlike her wealthier counterparts, HDB tai tai usually has to do housework.


What Is My Food Story About?

“One of the very nicest thing about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti

What Is My Food Story About

Have you ever wondered why other people rave about an eatery, whose food you find is absolutely lousy? Are they perhaps lying for advertising fees? Or do they have problems with their taste buds?

Chances are neither is true.

As the saying goes, one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Taste is subjective. There is probably no good or lousy food, just food you like or dislike. So those people are neither lying nor having faulty taste buds, they just have different taste buds from you.

Another reason why others would love an eatery that you dislike might be this- did you order the same dishes as them?

Consider this. My friends and I visit eatery A and ordered dish 1 to 4, all of which we liked very much. We then recommend the eatery to you. But at eatery A, you ordered dish 5 to 8 instead, all of which you dislike. What will you think? Either our comments are bogus or that we really “have no taste”. You may be right. But it could also be because you and I formed our opinions of the same eatery based on different foods.

To avoid this problem, here at My Food Story, I will write about specific foods instead of eateries. But here’s the catch, I will only write about the foods that I like, not those that I dislike. Why? Because I have no time to write about them! Besides, it’s more fun to share about foods that I like and help them find the bigger audience I think they deserve.

As for whether you will like the foods I recommend, below is a reference of my palate. You be the judge!

“I prefer foods that are not too salty and desserts that are not too sweet. I am not into strong flavours though I like spicy foods. I can never say no to fried foods. I am neither into raw food nor cold noodles. I prefer chicken and pork to beef and lamb. I love seafood. I love desserts even more. Teatime is my favourite time of the day. I avoid buffets whenever I can, with breakfast buffet being the exception. I like my fried eggs with yolks that are fully cooked and whites with some char. I drink my coffees and teas without sugar. I don’t have a favourite cuisine, I like all of them. For pastas, I prefer Aglio Olio/tomato to cream ones.”

I do not own a car so I rely on the public transport to get from point to point, with the MRT as my preferred mode of transport. Consequently, I favour any foods that can be found near MRT stations.

As I mentioned, I am currently jobless (apart from being a HDB tai tai, but that doesn’t provide an income) thus I cannot afford to be dining at expensive restaurants. While I would like to have cheap food, it is often difficult to find cheap and good together. Instead, I tend to settle for reasonably priced food.

With the above premise, I have written My Food Story to recommend foods I like that are also reasonably priced and near MRT Stations. To bring this point across, I created 4 fictional characters, Mr Good, his wife Ms Teatime and their friends, Mr Bargain Hunter and Mr MRT as My Food Story’s mascots. Join them as they bring you good foods, tasty high teas and delightful desserts at reasonable prices, all located near MRT stations!

My Food Story will also list all the cafes with value added services (eg. Free WiFi, Charging Points, Near PokeStops) that are near MRT stations to cater for days when you are not particular about what you eat as long as you can get Free WiFi (or other value added services) along with your food.

Just as My Food Story serves as a database for me to track all my favourite foods and cafes with Free WiFi near MRT stations, I hope that you will also find this website useful for you!

Disclaimer
My Food Story is not related to SMRT or any of the food eateries featured.


Meet The Mascots Of My Food Story!

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” – Ruth Reichl

Meet The Mascots Of My Food Story

Mr Good: Likes foods that are tasty but not so salty.

Mr Good
Likes foods that are tasty but not so salty.
Palate Type: Light-Medium.

Ms Teatime: Likes confectioneries that are tasty but not so sweet.

Ms Teatime
Likes confectioneries that are tasty but not so sweet.
Palate Type: Light-Medium.

Mr Bargain Hunter: Likes foods that are value for money; cheap, good and plenty.

Mr Bargain Hunter
Likes foods that are value for money; cheap, good and plenty.
Palate Type: Medium.

Mr MRT: Likes eateries with value added services that are located near MRT Stations (about 10mins walk).

Mr MRT: Convenience Check
Likes eateries with value added services that are located near MRT Stations (about 10mins walk).
Palate Type: Anything goes.


Background Story For My Food Story

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw

Background Story

Good likes to eat,
Especially with Cheap.
But Good and Cheap
Very seldom meet.
Instead,
Good will mostly meet
Bargain Hunter, a friend of Cheap’s.

Good takes small meals
Many times each day.
That was how he met his wife,
A lovely lady named Teatime.
He used to find Buffet very charming too.
But Alas!
No longer his cup of tea.

Teatime adores all desserts,
Adorably sweet little ones.
It doesn’t really matter,
Italian, English or even Thai.
Gelato, Scone or Sticky Mango Rice.
She loves them all.
All but the oversweet ones.

Good and Teatime
Live off food discoveries.
Their partner is MRT
A smart and well-connected man.
MRT is planning new routes
DTL, JRL, TEL and more
Together, they will conquer new grounds for My Food Story.


Acknowledgements & Dedications

“Everything you see on My Food Story, I owe it to Food. And the people listed below.” – Denise Chua

Acknowledgments and Dedications

MY FOOD STORY IS DEDICATED

To All Foodies, Especially Those without a Car

I hope that you will enjoy the food finds on My Food Story.

As you have probably guessed, I also do not have a car.

THANK YOU

To Stacy Cheang, My Oldest Friend

Thank you for bringing me to The Betterfield, where I met the duck-of-my-blog, the one that prompted me to start My Food Story.

Pardon me, I didn’t mean to say that you are old. I only wanted to express that I knew you for the longest.

But My Longest Friend sounded kind of weird…

To Shuan Gian, Chef and Owner of The Betterfield

Thank you for accepting My Food Story’s interview. I am grateful for your generosity in giving up the precious rest time in between your lunch and dinner crowd to share your story with me. Your story was fascinating; I only hope my writing did justice to it.

To My Husband

Thank you for being my food buddy, lighting man and web page designer. Without your light, literally; my food pictures will never look as good. Thank you for the gift of freedom to pursue my interests and for footing the bill on this food journey.

To All the Relatives and Friends Who Dined With Me

Thank you for your patience; for tolerating your hunger as I took a dozen photos on each dish served, before you could start eating. Especially during the times when I later declared that the photos were not going to be posted because none of them looked good enough. Maybe it is time to upgrade my camera. Just saying in case you are wondering what to get me for my birthday.


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