Hello Makan Kakis!

In the labyrinth of stalls at ABC Brickworks Food Centre, one man has been quietly serving up outstanding hokkien mee since the 1980s. Only recently have his noodles been making a bigger noise, thanks to a Michelin Bib Gourmand mention. My Makan Kaki Koh Han Jie, Head Chef of Elfuego and quite the gourmand himself, recommended that I get in line despite the longer queues, to try Mr Toh Seng Wang’s expertly fried noodles. Which got me thinking – what makes this hokkien mee so special that people are willing to queue for a taste of it? You’re about to find out…

Click the links below for more on the perfectly fried hokkien mee from Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng:

TASTE: Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Hokkien Prawn Mee is located at ABC Brickworks Food Centre, 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-13, Singapore 150006. It’s open Thursdays to Tuesdays, 3pm to 10.45pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
Tel: +65 98629296
*NOTE: ABC Brickworks Food Centre will close for Renovation Works From 16 Mar Till 15 May 2020. So hurry to get your noodle fix by the end of this week, or you’ll have to wait a month!


Greetings Greedies! This week’s Makan Kakis x CNA Lifestyle collab takes us to Upper Thomson for a hit of addictive crispy, crunchiness.

It’s one of Singapore’s the most popular hawker treats with roots in India, but has since evolved and been embraced in countries across Southeast Asia. It’s a potent combination of carbs, fat, sugar and spice that’s flipped, fried and dipped, with variations that boggle the mind. From plaster to bomb to tissue and beyond, who can resist Roti Prata?

My Makan Kaki Alexis Toh (travel blogger @alexisjetsets and co-author of local food guide Eat. Muse. Love.) recommended I head over to Sin Ming Road for her favourite roti prata. And there in an unassuming coffee shop, I had a rewarding encounter with something I’d never tried before – COIN PRATA. Forgive the pun, but each delectable disc of fried dough is SO MONEY.

What to eat your coin prata set with. Foreground: Mutton Curry. Background: Chicken Curry

Click the links below for more on Sin Ming Roti Prata’s crazy-crispy coin prata:

(L-R) Denise with Mohamed, Faisal & their father Haj Mohamed (Aziz)

TASTE: Sin Ming Roti Prata is located at 24 Sin Ming Road, Jin Fa Kopitiam, #01-51, Singapore 570024. It’s open 6.30am to 6.30pm (closed on alternate Fridays).


Restaurant-Quality Chee Cheong Fun in a Hawker Centre!

Hello Foodies, our Makan Kakis x CNA Lifestyle collab is back! Time to loosen your collars and fix yourself a cold drink – things are about to get hot and steamy. This is a love story 10 years in the making – the meeting of taste and technique, brought together by one family’s quest for the perfect marriage between tradition and technology. If that all sounded a tad too dramatic, it’s only because watching how Pin Wei Hong Kong Style Chee Cheong Fun is made was pure theatre.

char siew chee cheong fun

Recommended by my Makan Kaki, Wendy Foo of Ryan’s Grocery, these steamed rice roll experts serve up plates of perfection six days a week at Pek Kio Market & Food Centre. She says it’s probably the best in Singapore and so good, even Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun Fatt has been spotted there getting his Chee Cheong Fun Fix! Even better for Wendy, as the mum of a gluten-intolerant son, Pin Wei’s freshly made-to-order Chee Cheong Fun are gluten-free (get it plain, without the sauce), so they can dine out as a family and enjoy hawker food together!

centre: prawn chee cheong fun & home made sambal belacan

Click the links below for more on Pin Wei Hong Kong Style Chee Cheong Fun:

Denise (left) with the Tan family behind Pin Wei: Auntie Molly, Uncle Song Beow and son Eddy.

TASTE:  Pin Wei Hong Kong Style Chee Cheong Fun is located at 41A Cambridge Rd, #01-25, Singapore 211041.
It’s open Thursdays to Tuesdays, 6.30am to 2pm (closed on Wednesdays).
Tel: +65 63650501


Best of Zichar Techniques with Restaurant Quality Ingredients!

Click here to listen/ download the podcast of this week’s tasty episode!


This week, our Makan Kaki Cheng Hsin Yao (owner of Picnic Food Park, creator of Omakase Burger, Seizan Uni Ramen & Supergreek grain bowls) recommends the king of comfort food – zichar! And when he wants his zichar fix, he heads to an unlikely place – mainly because from the exterior, it looks like a proper air-conditioned Chinese Banqueting Restaurant, and not the space that usually occupies a kopitiam. But trust him, therein lies the beauty of the food at Gim Tim Restaurant – you get the best of zichar cooking techniques with restaurant quality ingredients in one tasty, happy marriage!

Continue reading “Best of Zichar Techniques with Restaurant Quality Ingredients!”

What Gin Goes with Peranakan Food?

Greetings Makan Kakis! Back with more yumminess is our Foodie Friend, award-winning cookbook author Shermay Lee of Shermay’s Singapore Fine Food. It’s been a while, so here are 2 main things to catch up on:

Shermay’s wildly popular The New Mrs Lee Cookbook Vol.1 & 2 (first published in 2003) have finally been reprinted and you can purchase this pair of instant classics now at most good bookstore, Amazon, Redmart and shermay.com (for autographed copies). These cookbooks are her updated take on her Grandmother’s (Mrs Lee Chin Koon) original recipes from Mrs Lee’s Cookbook, pain-stakingly taste-tested and broken down into easy-to-follow steps for the modern cook.

She’s teamed up with buffet restaurant The Line at Shangri-La Hotel for a sedap Peranakan collaboration called Grandma’s Kitchen. Basically, she’s taken over their entire Asian section and filled it with a mouth-watering array of classic Nyonya dishes created from her Grandma’s recipes. Best of all, your Grandma dines for free in a limited-time promotion – use the code below when booking! By the way, the rest of the buffet is also at your disposal, from the cold seafood station, to cold cuts, pasta, carving station, Laksa station, desserts, free-flow coffee, local drinks and teh tarik (from a dispenser!), with Shermay’s Peranakan dishes taking centrestage. $80++ is great value for all that! Also, you can go home after seeing & tasting to recreate the makan with their complimentary recipe cards!


  • Click here to listen/ download podcast of Part 1 – Shermay has reprinted her award-winning cookbooks, The New Mrs Lee’s Cookbook Vol 1 & 2!
  • Click here to listen/ download podcast of Part 2 – Shermay’s collab with Shangri-La’s The Line for Grandma’s Kitchen Peranakan Buffet!
  • Click here to listen/ download podcast of this week’s distinctly Singaporean gin distillery!

Are you a gin lover? This cocktail du jour is enjoying a spell in the spotlight and understandably so. It’s a refreshing tipple with so many possibilities. This week, Shermay recommends her favourite gin which also happens to be proudly made in Singapore. It’s well-crafted in small batches, with a nod to Asian flavours.

Brass Lion Gin Distillery was set up by Ms Jamie Koh, someone Shermay calls a hardworking, single-minded capable gin crafter with big dreams. It’s been a long path getting to that place of fruition and as a fellow food crafter & small producer, Shermay finds affinity her neighbour, whose gin distillery is just two blocks from her office. Both are extremely hands-on in their businesses, from hand labelling their products, to overseeing production and flavour profiles. Their products are the embodiment of everything they do.

Continue reading “What Gin Goes with Peranakan Food?”


Click here to listen/ download podcast of this week’s double recommendation of wantan mee spiciness!

Hello Makan Kakis! If you love Wantan Noodles as much as our Foodie Friend Xin Hui Helder-Eng, then you might already  be familiar with Eng’s Noodles House, of amazing springy noodles, crispy lard & fiery chilli fame. In particular, everybody talks about the extra-spicy chilli sauce that can make you cry and bring you to your knees! Of late though, there’s been some debate over the appearance of TWO Eng’s wantan mee restaurants along the same stretch of Tanjong Katong Road. Are they the same as the original noodles the late chef-owner Mr Ng Ba Eng gave us? Why are there two shops with almost the same name opposite each other? And which one is better?  Xin Hui did a little digging to find out…

Eng’s Wantan Noodle (original location)


Char Kway Teow Worth Waking Up at 6am For!

Click here to listen/ download podcast of this wokalicious episode!

Char Kway Teow remains one of the most popular local dishes for us Makan Kakis, so get ready for a real treat today. Our Foodie Friend Shawn Kishore of The Salted Plum returns with his recommendation, a place he calls one of his all-time breakfast places.

“Char Kway Teow for breakfast?” We hear you say. The answer is YES and you’ll understand once you get a taste of this Michelin Bib Gourmand awardee’s specialty.


Continue reading “Char Kway Teow Worth Waking Up at 6am For!”


Click here to listen/ download podcast of this week’s oishii episode!

Greetings Gluttons! Brace your bellies because this week, we bring you a multi-course experience that’s filling, affordable and absolutely delicious. Add an affable, entertaining Japanese chef and you have a wonderful, leisurely night out! Our Makan Kaki Wendy Foo of Ryan’s Grocery recommends a place she loves and has been visiting for years, especially on date night with he husband. Matsuo Restaurant has an excellent omakase experience which you must try. Here’s a sample of what Chef Hiroyuki Matsuo might serve you and rest assured everything will be super-fresh and beautifully prepared.

Continue reading “OH MY OMAKASE!”