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Café Mariam: The Freedom Briyani

He has a certain attitude, a sense of anger in him, and it’s all about his food culture. It’s the kind of food people I like to engage, learn and understand. He’s worked with the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White and gigged in cruise ship kitchens...MORE

Chong’s Yong Tau Foo: “Chiong” Yong Tau Foo”
If failure stops you, then you are not much of an entrepreneur. The hard core ones are not even worried about their skill and knowledge level when they want to make things better for themselves and the world at large. When I first met Ms Raye Tan, I knew she...MORE
Chef Chik- The Second Chance Chef
When a talented person makes a wrong turn in life and takes a fall, it can be said that the hawker centres is one of the best platform for salvation. I have met many a former jailbird who found a new calling happily helming a little hawker kitchen and getting...MORE
Uniquely Ours- Prawn Vadai
Latest: this stall has been shut down due to partnership issues as directed by the authorities. They will be seeking a new stall location. We will update as we get more information. Please call owner Stephen at 85884181.

The first thing boss Stephen Suriyah said before we began a proper...MORE
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...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...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...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...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...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...MORE
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