Thursday, July 11, 2013

Thoughts on Singapore Hawker Heros Vs Gordon Ramsay

It ended up to be 2 : 1. Chef Ramsay only managed to win in cooking the Chilli Crab against Jumbo Seafood Restaurant.

First of all, i really think the Jumbo Seafood Restaurant should not even be included in this contest. It has no way to be considered as a hawker dish in term of affordability. A kg of crab is easily $36 per kg. Not all Singaporeans could afford eating it on a regular basis. It just got me to wonder why are they included? Perhaps it could be a pre-arrangement between the organiser and the restaurant owner? It is not a surprise that Chef Ramsay beat them in the contest. According to certain source, the owner of Jumbo Seafood Restaurant was in the lead but Chef Ramsay twisted his recipe to better suit the taste preference of the local to turn the situation to his favor.

A certain blogger seemed to have something against the winning of Chef Ramsay though.

This particular blogger went ahead to criticize the version of laksa prepared by Chef Ramsay. This blogger asked in his post whether we noticed the hard boiled egg used as part of the ingredients for the laksa. This blogger further indicated that he had never eaten a laksa with hard boiled egg in it. Apparently, this blogger ever written a review in November 2011 for a laksa stall in Yishun. In his picture, it clearly shown the hard boiled egg in it. He must have forgotten about it.Somehow, i gotta agree Laksa is not an easy dish to be mastered in 2 short days.

According to source, Chef Ramsay nearly took down the famous Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice too. He managed to master the rice and the chicken but lose out in the chilli. I never quite agree that Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice is the best chicken rice in town.

So, who is the ultimate winner of this cook-off? i felt Chef Ramsay has definitely gained a higher level of reputation and publicity by accepted this challenge.


  1. I just chanced upon this entry and I 'LOL' after reading your comments and I thought I was the only one who noticed the 'hard boiled egg' part in that particular write-up! Anyway, I personally do not see the big 'wooha' behind it as long as the taste of the laksa is good. As the saying goes, the more the merrier! :)

    On a separate note, saw your latest review up on Openrice about Leong Yeow, seems like a DIE-DIE-MUST-TRY! Gotta make a special trip down one of these days.

  2. Sensed a certain biasness from the blogger that turned me off slightly. :)

    Though taste is rather subjective but that chicken rice has always been a personal favourite. :)

    1. I guess it is not easy to maintain impartiality when seemingly they have a side to root for, I guess?