$10 Chye Tow Kuay

Match report by asingaporeanson.

Nearly hero
LEAGUE leaders PAP took an unexpected shock home defeat against the team at the bottom of the table last night. In the opening minutes, G.Fu put the PAP behind by conceding a penalty by bringing down a Peasant player in the box. Fu made a feeble appeal to the referee but was promptly ignored. The Snipers (Peasant's nickname) put away the penalty sending PAP's goalkeeper EH.Ng the wrong way.

Chan Chun Sing, The Flippers' (PAP's nickname) hottest young prospect, who started in the first 11 since the start of the season as one of the replacement to the wobbly legs of legendary wingers BT.Mah and KS.Wong, nearly went on to score for his team to put his team level.

Receiving the ball from his team captain Lee, he executed a Cruff' turn elegantly to take him past his nameless Sniper marker. Urged on by the delighted crowed, he took on two advancing Peasants midfielders, dribbling past them with ease. With a tricky drop shoulder, he completely floored the next defender before leaving two more defenders at his blazing trail. The crowd went insane.

With the goal in sight, Chan smelt blood and unleashed a ferocious shot which beat the advancing goalkeeper. The stands erupted to celebrate the goal bound shot, only to see the ball striking the crossbar so hard and rebounded beyond EH.Ng who was way out of his line, bouncing twice before rolling into PAP's goal.

At the other end of the goal, Chan was celebrating with his jersey over his head totally oblivious of the freak own goal he just scored.

The PAP did not recover from 2 goals down before the final whistle.

Expert's analysis:

Kee Chiu's Mr Chan's actual quote:
"I don't think anyone of them comes here for the money. They come here to provide a better life for the next generation... One of the reasons why I stepped forward was because I know I'm joining a team of people that are not here for the money."
Whether he meant it or not, we'll put that aside first. Just reading what he said warms the heart. It's brilliant don't you think? You can't ask for anything more from Chan Chun Sing.

Then he had to continue speaking.
"Money should not be the one (factor) to attract them in. On the other hand, money should also not be the bugbear to deter them.
Hey, it's time to shut up already dude.

And he goes on and on:
"(For example,) you go to Peach Garden, you eat the S$10 XO Sauce chye tow kuay (fried carrot cake), you can be quite happy right? Because you are satisfied with the service and so on. On the other hand, you can go to a hawker centre, even if they charge you S$1.50, you might not want to eat it if the quality is not good."
And you think Mee Siam mai hum is the last food blooper anyone from the PAP can make. 

$1.50 chye tow kuay? Does Mr Chan lives in the 80s? Is he aware that food of such pricing doesn't commonly exists anymore? Is that the reason why the men in white could not understand why peasants are finding life getting increasingly unaffordable? Misquote or misunderstanding, go on say it. Be the next flipper.

Is he aware that many poor to middle class income folks have to eat that 'poor quality' hawker food everyday even if they can be obviously happier eating that $10 version elsewhere? His analogy is absurd. In reality, we do not have a $1.50 alternative where ministers are concerned. Not even that $2.50 or $3.00 version. 

Instead, we are forced to pay for that $10 XO Sauce chye tow kuay that we don't really want to eat everyday. If he realised what he was saying, this plate of $10 crap can buy peasants 6 plates of humble chye tow kuay, equally delicious and filling. 

That simple version that wouldn't give us tummy ache.


  1. don't forget the Snipers started the match with the referee sending off five of the players, so it is 5 vs 11 and never going to be a fair match, hahah.

  2. I specially went to Melaka and happily went for the S$1.00 chye tow kuay along Chin Lock. Nowadays I can make my own Chye Tow Kuay at home for family for 3 meals for that kind of amount (grow own radishes).

    Fuck you ministers good luck robbing the FT's. Oh wait no wonder you imported them in

  3. These ministers has really lost touch with the people, and I always misunderstood their statement. First, can anyone tell me if there is really XO sauce carrot cake? And wtf is Peach Garden? And please also tell me where to get $1.50 carrot cake so when I return for holiday, I know where to go for cheap carrot cake.

    1. better cook yourself eh brother.
      sometimes too good ingredients can make commoners lao sai.

      cheap carrot cake can go find ah chan ask him show u the way. haa

  4. For a moment, I thought you are going to write about the $10 char kway teo in Perth. Have not come across chye tow kway here though.

    To be fair to CCS(I don't believe I am defending them!!!???), he said if quality is bad, you might not want to eat it EVEN IF they charge you $1.50 [instead of the usual prices].

    I would like to be impressed by the leaders of my country but, somehow, I cannot be.

    1. That depends how you interpret what he meant by quality.
      His quote again:

      "(For example,) you go to Peach Garden, you eat the S$10 XO Sauce chye tow kuay (fried carrot cake), you can be quite happy right? Because you are satisfied with the service and so on. On the other hand, you can go to a hawker centre, even if they charge you S$1.50, you might not want to eat it if the quality is not good."

      To me it's quite clear that 'quality is not good' doesn't refer to bad food as in rotten or inedible. It refers to mundane food. No quality ingredients as compared to his preferred XO version.

      Personally, EVEN if the quality of food that cost $1.50 is bad, I will eat it if I feel it is still more worth it that that plate of $10 meal. I'll be happy.

      But if someone insists that I swallow that expensive overpriced plate of crap all the time because I'll be annoyed.

      I'll give those 'poorer quality' opposition mp a chance to prove themselves any day. Come to think of it, he calls themselves good quality and deserve that price tag. What have the likes of Tin Pei Ling and Chan Chun Sing proven ? They are automatically 'good quality' just because they are in the PAP?

      What a joke.

  5. @Thomas, peach garden is a famous restaurant with a few branches, known for their tim sum. More atas branch is at OCBC tower, 33rd floor. They really have $10 XO sauce CTK.

    For $1.50, I don't think we can ever find it. Probably it's only from 1 stall in SGP somewhere.

    The problem here is we are forced to pay $10 for a plate of poor quality CTK. Even if we don't like, they force it down our throat and tell us it's worldclass.


  6. @asingaporeanson - this makes me laugh so hard my co-workers must be thinking i'm mad... hhahaha
    a pity you decided to leave singapore. you could be the blogger version of mr brown ... oh,.. he has also left singapore ... heheh

    1. mr brown left singapore? Really?

    2. sorry, my bad... he is still in singapore. confused him with another person

    3. I remembered.. not mr brown, should be the owner of talkingcock...

    4. @Peck: hey i remember that website. i didn't read much. that time just began working life in sg only...

      left singapore already? so sad.

    5. Founder of Talkingcock.com
      that would have been Colin Goh.

      Really miss that site, it was awesome !

    6. Wat happened to the site as well as founder?