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Two Makan Icons of Indonesia
Jakarta is a city that many heads to for all sorts of business and leisure purposes. It has come a long way since I first visited in the 80s. They now have an underground MRT system that actually takes you to places you should go. Makan wise, it is a...MORE
The Empress of Beef Kway Teow
A recent viral post about the legendary Hock Lam Beef Noodle announcing their closure made its rounds online. The brand had been in the business for close to a century and that post was about a stall headed by Anthony, the retired elder son of the founder Mr Tan Chin...MORE
That Jewel of a Burger
Of course I love a good burger, it’s world heritage food and every earthling can fall in love with a good one. But spare me the button press made fast food burgers that come with buns that looked run-over by a truck, shrivelled and with the nasty patty still inside....MORE
Fried Chicken Wings War
The best wars to fight in this world, hands down, is a food war. Because, there are no losers in a food war. When a competitor or a neighbouring country compares or yips about your food or culinary culture, the whole country or the world looks on, salivating, waiting to...MORE
The Taste of Old School
We often speak about the “old school” taste, something an older generation (you gotta be at least in your mid 40s to know what this is about) yearns for. Being in that group, I have to agree that a lot of what we “like” that’s popular of social media does...MORE
The One Laksa Hawker
This is a shoutout and a standing ovation to the hawkers who offer just one dish- the one dish entrepreneurs. In our very fickle food nation today, crowded with new players every day and noisy with all sorts or promotional gongs and drumbeats, it’s hard to actually hear your own...MORE
Purple Grain.. Purple Grain.
The claims of benefits of blue pea flower or extracts are wonderful and mind boggling. It is said to have high antioxidant properties, is a great night cap, cleanses the skin from within etc… I am not a big fan of savoury food that looks blue or purple but when...MORE
Comforting Penang Cha Kway Teow
A recent international online report ranks Malaysian food a few whiskers lower than Singapore’s and of course it set off a flurry of angry and resentful comments from across the Causeway. There was even one that said the majority Malaysian only liked their own food, and it did not come...MORE
What if we flunk that Unesco Award
But first, what if we score that Award. “Singapore Hawker Food Culture is recognised as Unesco Intangible Heritage of Culture”, says the headline. Then the game changes. Folks, and I mean bigger chunk of the curious 17 million visitors worldwide, will want to check out what this is all about....MORE
The Imperfect Epok2
There’s epok epok, kali pap and even curry puff which can be confused with the Chinese versions and the baked ones with a layer filo pastry style flaky skin. Everyone has their idea of what to call them and even the Singapore created triangle crusty rendition once invented at the...MORE
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