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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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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 and look out for and just to be served by him. He had a friendly demeanour but offers not much...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 a century. Brands like the Zam Zam murtabak and Indian Muslim food people have been at it for over a...MORE
Tofu with a Golden Heritage
If you don’t know by now, I am not one who jumps right out of my comfort zone to be the first to pen (or keyboard) new restaurants and hawker fare. I much rather tell and sell the comforting and heritage flavours and experiences that resonate with our food DNA. In a heartbeat I would tell you about century old or off the beaten track eateries that are still up...MORE
Volcano Tofu
Believe me, it looks way more stunning seeing the real thing. The whole stone pot has a deep fried tofu sitting above a bubbling, steaming and smokey pool of “active volcano lava” meat sauce. And it stays that way for a quite a while and was still hot at meal’s end. I had tried their food numerous times in their outlets in Johor Baru over the years and now, I...MORE
Table Slamming Good Spine Soup
To the genteel and uninitiated foodie, contented with and always extoling the pleasures of vegetables, fish and tofu, this looks like dog food. A whole platter of pork spine sitting in a soup with sprinkles of chopped greens and chilli. And to the methodical chefs in pristine kitchens decked in clean chef finery- it’s bones for the stock pot. “Throwaway” food concepts over the years have moved from peasant to...MORE
All About Hainan Mutton Soup
Mutton, you either hate it, cannot tahan the pong or stay away from it. But to the few of us who disobey grandma’s rule about the stink and stench when you eat mutton in hot and humid Singapore, you are truly blessed, albeit by the few mutton soup specialist left around. Sup Kambing, check, nice especially when you dunk it with baguette slices. Mutton hotpot, check - notice not many...MORE
“Humble” Prawn Mee and Laksa
It is a very humble kopitiam or hawker dish, but trust me, making a prawn mee soup to achieve “humble” and comforting status with our fussy Singapore palate, is way more complex than you think. This Hokkien noodle dish, of course, has roots in Fujian, China and to once think that they hawked this dish on shoulder food carts back in the day is like being cruel to yourself. One...MORE
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