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.
- Click to listen/ download PART 1 of our podcast with Juwanda Hassim – find out more about the NEW The Fabulous Baker Boy.
- Click to listen/ download PART 2 of our podcast with Juwanda Hassim – He narrows it down to one cake and one savoury you absolutely must order online for delivery or pickup. And what other sweet treats he’ll be introducing soon to his menu soon.
- Click to listen/ download podcast of Juwanda’s Chaat recommendation.
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.
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!