Chang Chui- Thailand, Bangkok
Meet the mother of open air food and street-market themed markets! Chang Chui is probably the most hype place in Thailand now...There is more to every corner of Chang Chui! 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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The Teochew Big Brother
Ironically I had noticed recently there were a collection of retired seniors and home cooks who came out and “defended” our culinary heritage. Raymond Leong and Jeffrey Bong offered home based private Peranakan meals with some Cantonese touches and Ms Tammy Loke is hawking her comfort food in a bowl from her new eatery in Jalan Sultan. And now, Hong Kong born Singaporean Randy Chan, after closing his shipping firm,...MORE
One Bowl Restaurant and Bar: Bowled Over by the Cha Siu Mantou
She’s one of that generation that can easily tell the difference between fuyue and namyue, and it’s nuances in the pot or the wok. She retired from her senior post in the government sector earlier this year and cooked privately for friends and family.  She, like many of her peers of that era, are always lamenting about the “standard drop” in our beloved local cuisine. Now, Ms Tammie Loke is...MORE
Serangoon Garden Bakery and Confectionery: Bread Talking
I have to start and end this story with some cheese. Once upon a time, long before the fancy advent of “branded” breads, buns and sandwiches with “bespoke” fillings like imported ham, blue cheese, and organic this and that in highfalutin places, there was the “loti shop”. Folks of another not too distant era were relishing in loti or roti (bread) buns stuffed with true blue local goodness. Every filling...MORE
Aling Sosing’s Carinderia: The Local Taste of Manila
They can tell you are not local just by a casual glance, despite my best attempt to look like one so I can blend in- in jeans with a tee, cap and well-worn sport shoes. It’s not because they’ll give me better service, it’s just that I wanted to observe and eat like a fly in the eatery wall. Bad example of reference I know, but this is truly a...MORE
The Ampang Kitchen: The Satay Liar
The thing about our beloved hawker food, is that we are all eating “LCD” stuff- or lowest common denominator. Bit by bit, we’ll begin to lose dishes as a younger generation gets lost or mired in fads, trends and popular hipster fare. Many are clueless on what’s not dangled in front of them. You begin to see more of the usual fish ball noodles, nasi lemak, chicken rice, porridge, prawn...MORE
Chong Wen Ge Nonya Café: Enlightened Laksa
About a month ago, I found a Nonya café in Hangzhou, now, I stumbled upon one at, of all places, inside a Chinese temple. But this one takes the cake, or rather, kueh. You find increasingly more such cafes and even hawker stalls stringing a few popular Nonya favourites (perhaps four to five items one can easily chomp down on without much hesitation). Plonk, Mee Siam, Laksa and Curry Chicken...MORE
Best 3 plates in Japan
I’ll never know why it took me this long to visit Japan. Where have you been this past half century of my life. I think the divine powers that be were saving the best for the last miles of my stay on earth. I kid you not, in my week long stay last week, I did not remember having a bad meal. Sheesh, even the Oden (Japanese style yong tau...MORE
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