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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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An Ultimate Makan Souvenir

Singaporeans travel a lot, more than many in this world. Because we are so receptive of world cultures, we have friends around the world, connected with that six degrees of separation. Your friends can bring back Chinese sausages from Hong Kong, banana chiffon cakes from Hokkaido, preserved mangoes from Philippines and fine dates from the Middle East, very recognisable snacking pleasures form those lands. But, what is the ultimate...MORE

Extremely Comforting Porridge
There are days when you don’t feel like eating anything despite your hunger. You have this notion that nothing much will please you and these are the days when you turn to … comfort food. They are usually not photogenic (instagramable in mod speak) but will lift your day, albeit for a few hours at least. Some resort to a good ol’ cheeseburger (that’s what Ironman aka Tony Stark aka...MORE
Uglylicious Cha Kway Teow
The first time I took the late Anthony Bourdain on a cha kway teow spin at a stall in Bedok some 8 years back, he glanced, took that first bite and, in vintage Bourdain style, gushed “How can something so ugly be so good”. And since then, every time we met, he would request “sha kwai shao”, his messed up pronunciation of this beloved sinful fried noodles. How great is...MORE
A Vietnamese Icon
Sushi, tom yam, rendang, pizza, dim sum, fish and chips etc.. each of them is an identity. They are icons and culinary ambassadors of the country they belong to. It is impossible not to associate Japan with sashimi, China with dim sum, India with tandoori chicken and in so many ways they play a role in cementing a nation’s gastronomic reputation. Of course there’s chicken rice and chilli crabs in...MORE
The Marathon Man Food Legacy
The “mascot” of this place passed on some 6 years ago at age 77 but his legacy lives on. I remember he once told me that the best cooks he ever hired were the “gamblers, smokers and drinkers”. But that was another era. Customers now would come to his restaurant and look out for and just to be served by him. He had a friendly demeanour but offers not much...MORE
Roaring Good Biker Food
Six out of ten new eateries close by the end of the first term in business, according to an “old bird” contractor and “cleaner”, who restores and reinstate shops and restaurants here. It is very competitive. So, what makes an eatery brand last for over a decade, some up to a century. Brands like the Zam Zam murtabak and Indian Muslim food people have been at it for over a...MORE
Tofu with a Golden Heritage
If you don’t know by now, I am not one who jumps right out of my comfort zone to be the first to pen (or keyboard) new restaurants and hawker fare. I much rather tell and sell the comforting and heritage flavours and experiences that resonate with our food DNA. In a heartbeat I would tell you about century old or off the beaten track eateries that are still up...MORE
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