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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Benson Salted Duck Rice: No Quack, Salted Duck Rice is back…
In my 20 years of dabbling in Makansutra and its interest in heritage and street food culture, I had only ever seen 2 such stalls offering Salted Duck Rice. One, Ah Ee, at Upper Thomson and another that came in and rode on their popularity in Old Airport Road. Both fizzled out, but it wasn’t the lack of response but I sense the lack of knowledge about this old Hokkien...MORE
The President’s Humble Favourites
Davao, once originally known for durians in Philippines, is now known as the hometown of their President Rodrigo Duterte, the maverick President who has a penchant for the simpler things in life, from his sense of fashion (very often in tees and collared tees, even at official functions) to food. I had a chance to visit his Davao City (where he rose from Mayor to become President last year) and...MORE
Chuan Wei Fang: The Chinatown Szechuan Connection
“Ye Lai Xiaaaaaang..” and the aging busker calmly croons about the Evening Flower as a group of weathered oldies and retirees gather around, some dropping appreciative dollars into his little money tin. But just a shout behind is a noisy cacophony of feeders in this particular section of this hawker centre…where the spice hunters congregate. If you come here in the evenings from 6pm, don’t expect to find and vacant...MORE
Eat First :The Father, Sons and the Survival Spirit…
Someone should make a movie out of this true story. To keep both his sons at bay and in the kitchen, he diligently taught them all the 12 signature Cantonese dishes the restaurant was known for…four steamed dishes, including their legendary steam carp fish head in fermented bean sauce, and 8 stir fried dishes. One handled each department and was never taught the other. It was Dad’s way of never...MORE
Hawker Centre Committee Report: More than 11 points needed
I read with interest the Hawker Centre 3.0 Committee Report (see link below). To begin, it’s about the government run hawker centres, not all about local heritage food culture which is bigger than this conversation. It is basically looking at the viability and continuity of under 7000 public hawker centre stalls.

Firstly, they did determine what hawker centres (HCs) means to the nation and her people over the decades- which...MORE
Nimman Soi 5: From Top Ten to Top Tampines…
Orchard Towers may well be reputable for things you wouldn’t normally tell your tween kids about. But I have my story on why I used to visit it often enough once ago. At the fourth floor, just a shout away from the once popular Top Ten club (where some of the best local and international acts commanded sold-our performances), was Jane Thai restaurant, a humble spot where the Thai “ladies”...MORE
Sumo Big Prawn Noodles: Haha your way into the CNY
If you’ve always wondered why the Chinese community here eat what they do and shun some ingredients, well, it’s no big wonder. Unlike the northern Chinese folks who celebrate their new year with dumplings, all sorts of noodles and lamb hot pot, it’s a different story here. We are overrun with the planet south Chinese, and to put it simply, Chinese New Year feasting is about eating all that sound...MORE
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