Virtual Thai Food Lunch Party with Irene Ang!

PHOTO-2021-06-28-16-42-41Hey Makan Kakis, this episode is a little different but no less delicious, and we have a new foodie friend! A week ago, Fly Entertainment CEO, entrepreneur & entertainer best known for her role as Rosie in TV’s Phua Chu Kang, Irene Ang joined me for a virtual mukbang lunch party, with food delivered from her latest F&B venture, Soi Candy Thai Noodle and Seafood Bar. Scroll down for more, or watch & listen next!

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The full video of our chat & feast, featuring all the lovely food from Soi Candy!

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  • Click to listen/ download podcast, in which Irene dishes on the delicious Thai food from her restaurant Soi Candy and why she opened it even when business was bad due to last year’s circuit breaker. She also dishes up advice & encouragement for fellow business owners who’ve had to weather countless storms during the pandemic, plus shares on her current pet project reaching out to the homeless.
  • Click to listen/ download podcast of all the aroy mak mak Thai food we recommend from Soi Candy!

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Thai lunch is delivered! Clockwise from top: Esarn Platter, Signature Softbone Pork Longan Stew with noodles (packed separately), Signature 2-Tone Noodles (dry), Mango Sticky Rice, Mango Salad with Crispy Fish Floss, Thai Milk Tea & Thai Milk Green Tea.

Modeled after Thai kopitiams, complete with little wooden stools & tables and a bar where the Chang beer freely flows (Thai milk teas and other yummy beverages also available!), Soi Candy is a casual eatery in Tanjong Pagar serves up traditional Northern Thai cuisine with a fun twist, prepared by Chef Candy from Chiang Rai.

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Crispy Carrot Cake (Chye Tow Kway)

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The Boss Lady behind bakery & bistro Little House of Dreams and Easy Food SG is back! Audrey Lee really enjoys her carrot cake, also known as Chye Tow Kway in Singapore. It really needs no explanation for locals, but just in case, the savoury carrot cake in this story is not really made from carrots (sorry, Bugs Bunny!), but from radish or daikon that has been grated, mixed into a paste with rice flour (recipes vary but cornstarch and tapioca flour are also used), then steamed to create a moist, jiggly “cake” which is then cubed and fried with other ingredients for a tasty snack.

Audrey particularly loves the carrot cake from a stall within the Let’s Eat mini foodcourt at The Grandstand (the former Turf Club off Dunearn Road). Admittedly one of her favourite comfort foods, Audrey is partial to the “white” version (sans sweet dark soya sauce) of chye tow kway and usually wolfs her share down in less than 10 minutes.

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Keto, Halal & Vegan Gelato + Comforting Curry Rice!

MomolatoChefSharonTayHRHi Makan Kakis,

Please meet our new Foodie Friend, investment-banker-turned-award-winning-gelato-chef & founder of Momolato (cafe & gelato brand) Sharon Tay!

Momolato is short for “more and more gelato” and believe me, Sharon has dreamt up an extensive menu of unique and delicious gelato & sorbets that are eco-friendly and halal, with keto, vegan, dairy-free and no-sugar added options.

This week, get to know more about the brand, the cafe and the lady boss behind Momolato (she supplies lots of others places in Singapore too!) – do have a listen to our podcasts! And do scroll down for highlights from Momolato’s unique menu.

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Gelato Chef Sharon Tay absolutely adores curry rice, specifically the classic Hainanese type, which features rice & a choice of accompanying dishes, all drenched in a bath of Chinese-style curry gravy. Her hands-down favourite has got to be Tiong Bahru stalwart, Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice, a stall that has a 75-year history and a painstaking curry recipe that allegedly takes 3 days to create.  Operating out of its humble Seng Poh Road coffeeshop, Loo’s continues to delight hungry diners looking for the home-cooked comforts coupled with their signature curry.

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Chef Sharon describes said curry as “creamy” and “aromatic” and indeed, when Denise popped by to do a quick takeaway, the intensity of flavour was distinct, even after sitting wrapped in takeaway wax paper for a good 30 minutes. What it lacked in temperature heat, the curry gravy more than made up for its kick and taste. It had soaked into the rice and dishes, imbuing everything with a delicious spiciness that was rich, yet not cloying. 

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Fresh out of the fryer, Chef Sharon cannot resist Loo’s famous pork chop, which is “amazing” and “crispy”. Coated with Khong Guan biscuits that have been pulverised to a fine powder then seasoned and fried, the pork chop boasts a golden-crunchy crumb crust and tender meat, enhanced by the classic sweet & sour Hainanese tomato sauce. Denise, however preferred to enjoy the porkchop sans tomato sauce, to really bump up the pure curry flavour from the gravy slathered all over the dish.

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In true “point-point” rice style, lots of other dishes are on offer at Loo’s, presented in metal containers you can choose from. Denise got there near closing time, but managed to snag some braised cabbage with glass vermicelli, a whole squid and a fried egg which was squirted with sticky-sweet dark soy sauce (hence the deep brown colour of the sauce above).

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All-in-all, Loo’s is really one of the best in Singapore, serving up consistently good curry rice and dishes since 1946 – seven decades of experience is testament to the quality of their food! Hainanese Curry Rice really is one of those quintessential “Ugly-Delicious” dishes – it’s pretty much a brown gloopy mess, but with the very special curry holding everything together, it just tastes wonderful. Hearty, satisfying and comforting!

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TASTE:
LOO’S HAINANESE CURRY RICE
71 Seng Poh Rd, #01-49, S(160071)
Open Fri – Wed: 8am – 2.45pm (closed Thurs)
Tel: +65 62253762

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Some highlights of halal, eco-friendly Momolato‘s menu – these look good and taste great, who would guess they are keto, vegan, dairy-free or no-sugar-added? Denise loves the combination of pandan waffle with coconut gelato. Other stand-out flavours were the unusual 1000 Days Gouda Cheese Keto gelato (delightfully savoury-sweet), Triple Blend Chocolate sorbet, Red Watermelon Soursop sobet and Oolong Kyoto Hojicha. Order your gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt, popsicles and fruite lattes here now!

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Momolato’s signature croffle (waffles made from buttery, flaky croissant dough!). Served with vanilla cream, gula melaka sauce & your choice of gelato/ sorbet.
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Keto smoothie time! Strawberry & Kiwi – yum!
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Pandan waffle!
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Special delivery! Momolato’s new blue pea vanilla fro-yo, Ecuador Chocolate Arabica Coffee gelato & 1000 Days Gouda Cheese Keto gelato. New fruit lattes in the background.
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Trying out the dark chocolate latte – RICH & CREAMY!
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The gorgeous Sugar-Free Latte Collection.

Shrimply Scrumptious Pork Rib Prawn Mee!

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Hi Makan Kakis! This week, we welcome a new Foodie Friend, whose Modern European restaurant on Dempsey Hill features lots of Asian touches and beautiful ceramics designed and created by the chef himself, Heman Tan.  The co-owner and chef of Moonbow has an interesting story to tell, in the beautiful plates of food he creates and also on a personal level. His is a story of overcoming dyslexia and other obstacles in life to get where he is today – doting family man, triathlete, ceramics artist, celebrated chef and mentor to his team in the Moonbow kitchen. He shares a little bit of that story in our 2-part podcast and also recommends a delicious hawker favourite of his.

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Why have one when you can have 4 types of noodles? Dry prawn mee featuring kway teow, a mix of yellow mee & beehoon, as well as mee pok (not shown: mee kia)!

Chef Heman’s recommendation is part nostalgia, part pragmatic and AAAALL delicious! He loves prawn noodles, especially if there’s the added bonus of pork ribs. His go-to place for his bakut hae mee fix? A stall he’s been patronising since his younger days spent hanging out in the Tiong Bahru & Redhill areas.

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Denise had to give Chef’s recommendation a try. Her verdict? It’s SHRIMPLY delicious!

Located in the now-famous Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre, Min Nan Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle has been there for many years and Chef Heman has seen how they’ve evolved. He recalls buying satay from them back in the day, but now their focus is on prawn noodles, with the very welcome addition of pork ribs. And for Chef Heman, it always has to be the dry version. For one, it’s absolutely delicious but his main reason was of a more pragmatic nature.

Chef Heman’s ultimate choice – dry pork rib prawn mee using yellow noodles & bee hoon.

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Chaats – Teatime Treats Bursting with Taste & Texture!

Hi Makan Kakis,

Our Foodie Friend Juwanda Hassim returns after a little hiatus to update us on what’s been happening with his cafe The Fabulous Baker Boy. It hasn’t been a walk in the park after closing his cafe during last year’s circuit breaker and finally moving to his new space in Kampong Glam in January; then just as things were picking up, we’re back in Phase 2 (Heightened Alert). Even though we can’t dine in at the cafe, we can still order cakes and delicious savouries online. FREE whole cake deliveries island-wide as well as food orders over $80, plus discounts with self pick-up from the cafe.

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It’s a rare pleasure to actually share a meal in a restaurant with a Makan Kaki, so it was wonderful catching up in person with Juwanda at the very restaurant he was recommending. Just to be clear, these pictures were taken before the current Phase 2 Heightened Alert was announced. Fortunately, you can still order everything you see online and enjoy it in the comfort of your own home, so stay safe everyone!

Kailash Parbat is a favourite of Juwanda’s because of their famous chaats, which are deliciously moreish tea-time treats that can also be eaten on the go, hence their popularity as Indian street snacks. The restaurant has lots more to offer on their extensive menu, but Juwanda wanted to really zoom in on the chaats, which are vegetarian, not too heavy on the stomach, yet bursting with flavours, colours and textures. First introduced to him by a vegetarian friend from overseas, Kailash Parbat is now his go-to place when he wants to give friends a surprising treat. So lucky me, I had a whole array of chaats over a chat one lovely afternoon with my Makan Kaki, whose first recommendation off the menu was Pani Puri.

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Little puffs of deep fried pastry, crispy and light as a feather, are stuffed with a spiced potato mixture, drizzled in a sticky, sweet and sour tamarind sauce then bathed in a spicy yet refreshingly cool mint water. For $7, you get 7 pani puri plus the sauce and spiced water on the side to pour as you like. According to Juwanda, one bite and you’re hooked – the flavour is just amazing. Small enough to pop whole in your mouth, you’ll get hot, cold, crispy, creamy, spicy, tangy, sweet, savoury all in one. This is one dish that ticks all the boxes for taste and texture. It’s Juwanda must-have when he’s at Kailash Parbat and he needs all 7 to himself – he won’t share! And he loves the pani puri so much, he’ll even eat yours too if you can’t finish your portion!

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Next up, for a one-stop intro to chaats, Juwanda recommends the KP Chaat Platter ($17), which presents a whole selection of classics on one very large plate. Described in the menu as “An exciting platter of dahi wada, bhel puri, sev puri & crispy corn basket”, it was an entire meal on its own, capable of feeding 4 people, or 2 greedy people (us!). Quite the intimidating spectacle for the uninitiated (me!), the KP Chaat Platter was made up of different colourful mounds, thrown together with different ingredients, sauces and chutneys. It was like a delectable archaeological dig, unearthing tasty treasures from under the blanket of sauces and crispy, golden sev (small pieces of spiced chickpea flour noodles).

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First came the vadai, smothered in a cool, creamy yogurt sauce, studded with glistening jewels of pomegranate. It wasa  mellow and mild start, because things were about to get much spicier!

IMG_4167Next, in a riotously wonderful assault on the senses, were deep fried discs of golden crispness (flat puri, pastry balls), chilli chutney, sweet and sour sauces, puffed rice, potatoes, onion, tomatoes, green chilli chutney and tamarind sauce.

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After washing everything down with long cool glasses of Mango & Fennel Lassi ($7), believe it or not we still had room for more, so we rounded off our “light” tea with the Punjabi Samosa.

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Two hefty pyramids of pastry packed full of spicy potato were served along with a gorgeous, hot chick pea curry garnished with chopped onion and coriander.

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It isn’t hard to see why Juwanda is enthralled with the place – it’s not expensive, the chaat menu is all about sharing food featuring all the familar Asian flavours we love and everything tastes like it’s made with love.

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KAILASH PARBAT Chaats/ Dining/ Banquets
Takeaway from various locations including Juwanda’s favourite at 3 Belilios Road #01-03, Hilton Garden Inn, S(219924)
Open Daily: 11am – 10.30pm
Order online for delivery via www.kailashparbat.com.sg
Tel: +65 68365545

Rendang Burger & Loaded Fries – A Special Collab

Hello there, Foodie Friends! This marks the first week of Singapore going into Phase 2 Heightened Alert. With dine-ins out of the picture for the next month, we continue our support of the local F&B community by offering up choices for takeaway and delivery. Our Makan Kaki Chef Shen Tan of private dining concept Ownself Make Chef & delivery-only food concept Thank Goodness It’s is back to tell us about her recent collaboration with the marvelous Wolf Burgers.

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Don’t mind me, NOMNOMNOM…


Our Makan Kaki Chef Shen Tan is known for her twice steamed Nasi Lemak at Maxwell Food Centre, Wok & Barrel at Duxton Hill and for developing Mod-Sin dishes like Bak Chor Mee Pasta, Pulut Hitam Pudding and Shendol. No wonder she was a shoo-in for this partnership with Wolf Burgers, creating a massive, juicy burger, inspired by local flavours. 

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Presenting… The WOLF Rendang Beef Burger and WOLF Rendang Loaded Fries ($16.90 for a set) till 30th May, while stocks last.

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Chef Damian D’Silva Loves Fish with this Teochew Porridge

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Masterchef Singapore Judge Chef Damian D’Silva loves porridge. Specifically Teochew-style porridge – the plain, watery rice kind served steaming hot with a whole array of cooked dishes. Despite his solidly Eurasian-Peranakan roots, his heart & stomach begin and end with porridge. So much so that he says that would be his last meal because there’s just something so soul satisfying about it.

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It’s Modern Japanese for this Award-Winning Pastry Chef!

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Hello Makan Kakis!

The Chef & Artist behind 2am:dessertbar & Janice Wong Singapore joins us this week to chat about her new TV show, Creme de la Creme.

Janice Wong is on the judging panel of a new baking competition, along with hosts Fann Wong & Jeanette Aw, which premieres Wednesday 12 May, 8pm on Channel 8 & MeWatch.

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The last time Janice Wong was on the show, she shared with us where she goes for char kway teow, this time, she recommends a place that’s refined yet whimsical and serves excellent Modern Japanese cuisine with a twist.

Since we can’t travel due to the pandemic, Chef Janice says that her most recent favourite finds are foods that bring a lot of comfort – it’s almost like holidaying through the tastebuds!

Akira Back is a restaurant that she has returned to 2-3 times now because of the clean, yet fun Japanese flavours. Named for the Michelin Starred man behind it, Korean-American chef Akira Back takes you on a refined yet approachable food journey, transporting you across the globe to Japan, with a little stopover in Korea and incorporating influences from around the world too.

So typically,  you can have fresh sushi & sashimi, grilled dishes and everybody’s favourite – the signature tuna pizza which isn’t actually a pizza, but a perfectly thin and crisp tortilla topped with mayo and tuna, elevated with truffle oil and herbs. 

So when she wants to get all her cravings in one place, Chef Janice heads to Akira Back for their delicious dishes made from fresh seasonal produce and artisanal ingredients, all served in a beautiful setting.

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AKIRA BACK 
30 Beach Road, Level B1M, JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, South Tower S(189763)
Open Daily: 12 – 2.30pm, 6 – 10pm (Sun – Thu); 12 – 2.30pm, 6 – 10.30pm (Fri & Sat)
Tel: +65 6818 1914