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Chillaxing escape to Letung Island!
The nowhere man on a nowhere land. Join food guru, Kf Seetoh, for a chillaxing escape to Letung, a little island in the Anambas, Riau Islands, Indonesia. 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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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
Chilli Crab Yong Tau Foo
The best answer I ever had about what defines or is “authentic food” was a quip Mr Claus Meyer delivered at our World Street Food Congress in Singapore some years back. He said “authentic is an expression of who you are.”, to which I’ll  add, because you know where you came from. Claus was the founder of Noma, the top Best Restaurant award winner for many years. When a Hong...MORE
Adept at Duck
You either love or hate it. Duck is a foul fowl, the pong is unbearable or stinky to some, yet it’s gamely aromatic to others. I belong to the latter. The world at large has some versions of how they love to cook and eat this webbed wonder. The Europeans adore the confit method (cook it in its own fat and juices) and smoking the breast meat. The Balinese prefer...MORE
Colour Mee Purple
In desperation she wrote to me and regaled how she had to exit and terminate her previous stall at the social enterprise Jurong Hawker Centre some months ago. She could not continue the monthly loses due to the sad footfall and business. And her cost of operation was eating her revenue- the 20cents tray return saga alone (where tenants have to compensate customers for every tray they return), cost her...MORE
Stop Building Hawker Centres.. :Till we get it right.

All the recent noise and ventilation about the Social Enterprise Hawker Centres, indeed was targeted at nobody- the hawker yelled “tolong”, the people spoke, Government worked on it, the operators tweaked their contracts (albeit baby steps), and now there’s action. Again, I have to thank SMS Amy Khor on personally digging in on the problems and having NEA address the issues. They are indeed positive steps- some of the...MORE
Spa Treatment Mee Rebus
Much noise was recently ventilated regarding the social enterprise hawker centre controversy especially over the high cost of rentals. These hawkers are charged above market rate prices, with a tight leash on operation freedom and are also obliged to offer a least one dish at $3 or below. Of course this will yield a few problems. Dishes using more expensive seafood and meats and require longer and more complex cooking...MORE
Penang Food Is Everywhere
All this noise about the hawkers being overcharged at the Social Enterprise Hawker Centres and at some regular older ones, are still ringing loudly both on and offline. Even a Senior Minister of State had to chime in and respond in Parliament. Ironically, all these indignant tones can actually mean well for our application for a Unesco Intangible Heritage inscription award, as proposed by our Prime Minister. Ponder awhile, the...MORE
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