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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Chong Wen Ge Nonya Café: Enlightened Laksa
About a month ago, I found a Nonya café in Hangzhou, now, I stumbled upon one at, of all places, inside a Chinese temple. But this one takes the cake, or rather, kueh. You find increasingly more such cafes and even hawker stalls stringing a few popular Nonya favourites (perhaps four to five items one can easily chomp down on without much hesitation). Plonk, Mee Siam, Laksa and Curry Chicken...MORE
Best 3 plates in Japan
I’ll never know why it took me this long to visit Japan. Where have you been this past half century of my life. I think the divine powers that be were saving the best for the last miles of my stay on earth. I kid you not, in my week long stay last week, I did not remember having a bad meal. Sheesh, even the Oden (Japanese style yong tau...MORE
Sayang Nyonya Restaurant: A Nonya in Hangzhou
You see many foreign chefs and cooks, often solo enterpreneurs, making their mark in Singapore- opening their Italians pizza cafes, Chinese touting hard core Chuan (Szechuan) cuisine and of course bespoke Japanese chefs opening ramen and sushi joints all over town, among others. But we don’t see many true blue Singaporean chefs making their mark overseas, safe for the usual suspect chain stalls hawking kaya kopi, breads or chilli crab...MORE
Jelly House: You cannot Agar-Agar this
Once upon a time, chilli crabs were served in a deep dish plate and now they offer a cocktail version. These days even onde-onde, that cute little pandan-gula ball, is dished out as a muffin. I guess it’s the same with fashion and even music- how “drain-pipe” pants are resurrecting and slim fits and how Adele brought it all down with Bob Dylan’s To Make You Feel My Love. Pivot...MORE
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
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