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SM Megamall, Mega A, L2
Have a taste of Carrot Cake, Hokkien Mee, Chicken Claypot Rice, Mee Siam and many others delectable dishes in Makansutra Hawkers, Manila. Located at SM Megamall A L2 (Manila, Mandaluyong). Opens from 10am-10pm, daily. So feast on! 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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Mooncakes Democracy
This mooncake season is really a good reason for me to tell more tales about the uncoloured, unbiased, non-ageist and truly multiracial culture of our makan culture. Nothing can stop anyone from selling anything right to anybody. You don’t need to be giant food company, listed, famous or otherwise to hawk great fare. Sure, food should evolve and it has to be clever, not just…new. Think Bak Chor Mee, Teochew...MORE
Singapore Day of Comforting Makan
Each year, since 2007, the hawkers toiled and pleased the masses and this year was no different at the Singapore Day in Melbourne at the Flemington Race Course grounds. Many closed their stalls for a week and did not mind that this was not a money generating exercise for them. Over 6000 folks showed up and up to 20,000 meals were dished out over 5 hours. VIP guest DPM Teo...MORE
The Most Expensive Mooncakes…
The folks that came up with the elitist got-money-also-cannot-buy smoked bak kwa have done it again, but with a friendlier grip on exclusivity. The Empire brand, which only sell their prime bak kwa or BBQ pork jerky (done with a custom made fruit woods smoker) and offered only to members and customers of an integrated resort and a bank, are now setting their sight on moon cakes. This time around,...MORE
Davao’s Kadayawan Festival
It was my second trip to this city where current President Rodrigo Duterte hails from. First was a initial ocular on places, faces and tastes and to curate for the World Street Food Congress. This time, was for their annual Kadayawan Festival (16-20th August) or their harvest celebrations. There was a tribal beauty pageant, discounted shopping, street festival dances (ala Chingay in Singapore) performed by thousands of students and of...MORE
Nonya Bong is Back!
I had not come across any before him that offered serious Nonya fare in a chay chye png (economic rice) style setting in a Balestier Road coffeeshop over a decade ago.  By way of serious, I meant there were rarely seen (in a point-point chap chye stall) items like hati babi bungkus, ayam buah keluak, itek tim and even the ultra rare tohay (meats stewed in wine lees) in his...MORE
Impian Wahyu: Batman Sambal
Most won’t really give this coffeeshop stall a glance as they pass by. It’s not professionally laid out, shiny and nor slick with steam billowing out nor a bright track lighting display shelf (it is a sad sight here). But if you observe and understand the kitchen work, then you’ll see a lesung batu (mortar and pestle) Indonesia style which comes flatter and has a telephone receiver looking stone pounder....MORE
The $13.80 Roast Duck War
It’s no quack. But that’s what a few roast duck stalls are offering for the whole fowl for these days, give and take a couple of dollars. I was told about a $15 roast duck take-out only stall in Chinatown by another hawker, Melvin Chew of Jin Ji Kway Chap. The social media post I made generated 325,000 views with 3500 shares in 24hours. Then, another foodie whispered “hey, there’s...MORE
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