Kway Chap So Good, You’ll Want Seconds

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Hey there Makan Kakis! We’re back from a month-long break and we’re HUNGRY! This week, we follow foodie friend Chef Jeremmy Chiam on the search for soupy, saucy, piggy delights in a bowl. If you’re a lover of Kway Chap, he recommends this stall in Bishan, where he grew up and where his parents still live, that he’s been patronising for the last 32 years of his life. Setting aside childhood nostalgia and convenience, this stall still delivers on food quality, judging from the long lines and how quickly they sell out. Customers actually start queuing an hour before it opens!

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Brilliant Brunch & Bakes, New York Style!

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photo via clinton street baking co’s FB.

The weekend is almost here and if you’re looking for a relaxed, family-friendly place for a leisurely breakfast or brunch, you can count on our Makan Kaki, Jeremmy Chiam, Chef-Owner of Le Binchotan for a good recommendation. One of his favourites is a place that has been on the scene for three years now, consistently serving up their famous brunch signatures like chicken and waffles, as well as blueberry pancakes. But when Chef Jeremmy heads over (and he does this very often) to Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant, he always orders something a little special to remind him of the days when he traveled often as cabin crew for an airline company. Clinton Street takes him back to his times spent blissfully alone in LA & New York, where he loved going for brunch and taking his own sweet time over his all-American meal. Indeed, the restaurant here on Purvis Street is a branch of the acclaimed original New York brunch eatery, located on the Lower East Side.

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KUEH JONG KONG!

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Kueh Jong Kong looks like a little square purse before unwrapping

This week, join our Makan Kaki, Chef-Owner of Summerhill, Anthony Yeoh for a trip down memory lane for an old forgotten favourite called Kueh Jong Kong. Never heard of it? Don’t worry, neither had Chef Tony or Denise, till now. In fact, it was Chef Tony’s grandmother who recently introduced him to this rare delicacy. It’s quite hard to find it now in Singapore, but we do know of at least one place that sells it – oldie but goodie, Glory Catering along East Coast Road. This Eastside stalwart sells all manner of snacks and kueh-kueh for takeaway, but did you know they also have a Halal dining room in the back?

Their restaurant serves up potent Nasi Padang with all the favourites like sambal udang, sayur lodeh, sambal goreng, beef rendang, chicken curry and more, but before you leave, be absolutely sure to grab some Kueh Jong Kong (their stocks go really fast, so if you see it, order it immdiately)!

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Nourish Yourself with Crossroads Cuisine

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This week, we welcome Chef Jason Jones of the Loco Group back to take us on another culinary adventure and he delivers with celebrated Restaurant Nouri. This is a wonderful place for bang-on-value executive lunches and mind-blowingly creative, delicious degustation dinners & cocktails. Helmed by Chef-Owner Ivan Brehm (he’s worked at famed restaurants Per Se in New York, Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck in England & led The Kitchen at Bacchanalia in Singapore to its first ever Michelin Star in 2016), Nouri serves up dishes with a global flair,  highlighting the similarities and connections we all share across food cultures. Little surprise, since Chef Brehm himself is a bit of a global citizen with his mixed heritage of Italian, German, Russian, Spanish, Lebanese, Syrian and Brazilian – he calls his cooking style Crossroads Cuisine.

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Heart Attack Fried Rice

Greetings Greedies! Please meet our new Makan Kaki, Jeremmy Chiam! He’s the Chef-Owner of Le Binchotan at Amoy Street, a unique restaurant that combines classical French techniques with fresh Japanese produce and the art of Japanese charcoal grilling. This is a place you can go to for excellent lunches or better yet, unwind after work with a cocktail, sake or whiskey and a really delicious dinner in a super-cool space featuring domed ceilings, wood panelling & looks like an underground bunker.

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So where does a chef like Jeremmy go after a long hard week of service at his restaurant? Our new Makan Kaki is all about creature comforts, kicking back at a down-to-earth, fuss-free eating place with his family. That’s why on Sundays, he heads to New Ubin Seafood for Cze Char – it’s casual and has a varied menu with something for everyone from his parents to his son.

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WHATTA WADEH!

We welcome back Chef-Owner of Summer Hill Bistro Anthony Yeoh this week and catch up on the big things have been happening with him, PLUS of course, get him to share some of his new local Makan discoveries!

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Hands down, this is one of the best Wadeh (or Vadai, as some spell it) that Chef Tony has ever eaten (& Denise has to agree with him!), but to find it, it’s a bit of a treasure hunt because they don’t actually have a shop. They’re a travelling stall that operates solely out of Pasar Malams (night markets) across our island! But you’ll definitely smell and hear it frying before you see it. So Chef Tony was at Clementi running errands near his restaurant when he stumbled across a Pasar Malam. He noticed fresh Wadeh being made and he just had to give it a try.

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Made-to-Order Fish & Chips

You know him as your NiteFlite pilot on Gold 905, but this week, he sets aside the flying for some swimming! So take a dip into the freshest seafood with Mr X at Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro, or in his words, his “Neighbourhood Chippy”.

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Living just down the road from this Fishmonger/ Seafood Import/ Export establishment has its perks, especially when the craving for good old traditional British Fish & Chips hits and you want it as fresh as possible. As its name suggests, the “fish market” side provides you with the catch of the day – stroll in, pick your species, from a whole variety of fresh fish, oysters, crabs & even live lobsters in a tank. They’ll help you with your selection, clean and prep your choice for taking home.

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Vernetta Lopez’s Fave Bak Kut Teh

Vernetta Lopez from early mornings on Gold 905 is our next Makan Kaki and she takes us to try one of her favourite places for Bak Kut Teh, or pork rib soup. We are well aware that everyone has their preferred regular place, especially along Balestier Road, but we can probably say this is one of the lesser-known BKT places that deserves a mention and a visit.

Ah Hak Bak Kut Teh has around for 30 years and you can tell the history when you walk in. You’ll be transported back in time, within a retro-tiled shophouse space that probably hasn’t changed in their three-decade history.

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