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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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Peranakan Khek to go..
The Chinese New Year of the Pig is coming and the classic adage is “if the old don’t go, the new won’t come”. But there is a big twist to that saying especially in our local makan heritage. So I am not going to recommend anything newly opened today but run against the grain and talk about a little eatery that’s going to close soon. This is about the new...MORE
Teochew Muay- a Vanishing Act
We stroll so casually around a food centre and eat whatever we feel like, as if it will forever fall down from food heaven to please us and take for granted. But on closer inspection, realisation and with a stark admission, I predict more than a few dishes will fade into oblivion or go the way of the robotic kitchen factories in the near future. This occasional series will touch...MORE
Happy New Hawker Year to You..
A few days back I had a very fruitful kopi chat with Snr Minister of State Dr Amy Khor, the unofficial “minister’ of hawker food in Singapore. We touched on a key topic of continuity and sustainability of our hawker culture- on how and what we can do to keep that great wok fire going, among other issues. Comforted in the thought that they too are concerned and are slowly...MORE
A Food Tour Into 2019
I suspect more than some of you out there are looking for a special way to cross into 2019, other than the usual watch-and wow-at-the-fireworks or sleep your way into 2019. Here’s an idea, eat your way into 2019 with a view of the fireworks spectacle thrown in. For convenience, I’ll spin this around the South and East of Singapore, so you can actually catch the live fireworks in Marina...MORE
Devouring Taipei
I am not one who trawls the internet space to check out what’s happening and where you must eat at. Sure, I google for food types but not the places. I rely on the good ol’ kaypoh (curious cat) method- ask around and poke you nose all over. Just like how we researched our Makansutra guides pre-google days. Walk aimlessly, ask shamelessly and see where smoke takes you. I rely...MORE
Tribute to Bourdain’s Favourite Meal
When I first met the late Anthony Bourdain 17 years ago, I did not know who he was then- just another food TV host asking for my time on their show. I obliged but location had to be my call. I arrived late and saw this 6 footer of giant peering through the live seafood aquariums at Sin Huat Seafood and Tony looked like a big kid ogling in a...MORE
Michelin Chef Turns Hawker
At one stage he was bugging me till no end about doing some kind of pop up event at Makansutra Gluttons Bay. It was tough of me to tell him that food court spaces like this don’t really dig pop up events. Folks come from all over the world to devour exactly what they expect of this 13 year old food market (recently reopened after a $250 thousand refurbishment). They...MORE
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