24 Apr '14, 5pm
I never even knew this existed... It's like a Cantonese version of pied pacquets:
The bad news first - another coffeeshop stall goes belly up after the monthly rental shot up significantly to S$12,000 overnight. Nothing shocking and not very “newsy” in these days of steep rent increase practices. But the news here is that along with their departure, will go, probably, the last arp geok pao (鸭脚包, ya jiao bao or literally ‘duck feet bundle’ in Cantonese) in Singapore. If you’ve not heard about nor had it, and is piqued with curiosity, then the only silver lining is perhaps the Hong Kong Jin Tian Eating House folks here may just find another spot in the vicinity to continue practicing their Cantonese roast craft - with the reality that not many similar spots out there still tout retro rental rates. The arp geok pao is a gastronomic oddity. It is arguably the best of its kind you can find here, and notoriously elusive because few chefs in Singapore know how...