Chang Chui- Thailand, Bangkok
Meet the mother of open air food and street-market themed markets! Chang Chui is probably the most hype place in Thailand now...There is more to every corner of Chang Chui! MORE
Makansutra Guide Singapore 2017
It has been almost twenty years since the first edition of the Makansutra Singapore food guide book was inked. And in this tenth edition, expect are over 600 street food and heritage reviews, complete with new finds and updated listings. For online purchase, click on more... MORE
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Folklore Restaurant: Folkloric Sensations
I am always apprehensive yet thrilled about following the pursuits of Chef Damian de Silva- from his Soul Kitchen days over a decade ago to his little Big D’s hawker stall (first to offer kurobuta steaks in a kopitiam), then Immigrants Gastrobar in Joo Chiat, his short lived stint in Timbre+ and now, his gig at Folklore. Perhaps, I missed an unnoticed temp gig here and there, but I never...MORE
OUE Restore: Press Here for Buah Keluak Fried Rice
The world’s first automat, or automatic food vending café was known to be Quisisana, opened in 1895 in Berlin, Germany. It’s a simple café that offered basic eats and the world caught on with it. Now over a century later it is still viable and this week marks the opening of the latest- a humanless-digital-automat in Singapore. No cashiers, service staff and busboys just – nobody. The OUE Re:Store restaurant...MORE
Aroma Kampung: The Ibu of all Padang Buffets
I don’t know where to begin this with. So brace yourself- they up to 45 items in their Nasi Melayu and Padang buffet spread and, I think the only (and the best I’ve seen in the region) salad and sambal bar- with 13 types including the hard core Tempoyak (durian sambal) and sambal Budu from Kelantan). And to seal the deal, a sweets, snacks and kueh section offering about 8...MORE
Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut: The Luck of Eating Ducks
The thing about duck- it’s gamey, dry, and not easy to cook. The texture is on the hard side of soft and it’s no wonder duck is not as popular as it should be. For starters, Muslim menus here do not commonly feature it but folks in Bali, Indonesia loves it. It’s hard to traverse Bali and not be pointed to Bebek Bengil or “Smelly Duck” restaurant famed for their...MORE
Mooncakes Democracy
This mooncake season is really a good reason for me to tell more tales about the uncoloured, unbiased, non-ageist and truly multiracial culture of our makan culture. Nothing can stop anyone from selling anything right to anybody. You don’t need to be giant food company, listed, famous or otherwise to hawk great fare. Sure, food should evolve and it has to be clever, not just…new. Think Bak Chor Mee, Teochew...MORE
Singapore Day of Comforting Makan
Each year, since 2007, the hawkers toiled and pleased the masses and this year was no different at the Singapore Day in Melbourne at the Flemington Race Course grounds. Many closed their stalls for a week and did not mind that this was not a money generating exercise for them. Over 6000 folks showed up and up to 20,000 meals were dished out over 5 hours. VIP guest DPM Teo...MORE
Dim Sum Haus: Dim Sum of All Good Things
If you want to check out any dim sum establishment, dive right into the “litmus” test- tear into the har gao, siew mai, porridge, egg tart and fried bean skin rolls. You’ll have an idea if they can steam, stew, bake and fry their stuff properly plus see if the handiwork is any good. Not all get them all right all the time and in fact, I’ve not come across...MORE
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