Alternative Asian-Style Roasts for Christmas

‘Tis the season for roasted turkeys, glazed hams and other festive eats. But why not embrace the flavours of Asia instead and celebrate with Cantonese-style roasted meats?

After hearing about this place from my Gold 905 Makan Kaki Chef Lim Yew Aun of The Cicheti Group, I hurried over to Keong Saik Road for some season’s eatings in the form of char siew (barbequed pork) and siew yoke (crispy pork belly), with some roasted duck thrown in for good measure. One bite and I knew I was going to have myself a tasty, er, merry little Christmas, thanks to Foong Kee Coffee Shop.


With chef-owner Derrick Wong Wai Chiew

TASTE: Foong Kee Traditional Charcoal Roasted is located at
Foong Kee Coffee Shop, 6 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089114.
It’s open Mondays to Saturdays, 11am – 8pm. They close on Sundays and public holidays.

Peranakan Herb Rice Salad Packs a Punch!

Babas and Nyonyas, stop me if you know this one: What do you get when you cross a herb salad with rice? Any true-blue Peranakan will tell you the answer is nasi ulam. The combination of aromatic Asian herbs, rice and, sometimes, seafood, is what makes nasi ulam such a wonderful, cool dish for our Southeast Asian climate.

Found all over southern Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and here in Singapore, recipes for nasi ulam differ from location to location, family to family, but this Peranakan version was recommended to me by KF Seetoh, the founder of renowned food guide Makansutra.

Chendol Melaka at Soy Eu Tua Coffeeshop along Upper East Coast Road is run by the irrepressible Daisy Tan and her husband Colin Yam. Once the regional director of a shipping firm, this self-confessed “200 per cent” bibik is now wholly dedicated to preserving her Peranakan culture through her culinary delights, like delicious chendol, kueh-kueh and her signature dish, nasi ulam.

With Nyonya Daisy Tan & her husband Colin Yam

TASTE: Chendol Melaka is located at Soy Eu Tua Coffeeshop, 15 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455207.
It’s open 10am-5pm (Tuesdays to Fridays) and 9am-5pm (Saturdays and Sundays). Closed Mondays.
To “reserve” your nasi ulam, call Colin Yam at 9777 6471.

Taiwan Porridge that Warms the Belly & Heart

As Singapore’s weather gets wetter and cooler, we instinctively start seeking out meals that serve up maximum warmth and comfort. And nothing says, “Hello, monsoon season,” better than a steaming bowl of porridge.


Any excuse, really, for me to try out a porridge place in the East recommended by my Gold 905 Makan Kaki and owner of Awfully Chocolate and Sinpopo Brand, Lyn Lee. This seven-year-old stall in a no-frills Joo Chiat coffee shop delivered on two counts: Warming Taiwanese-style porridge and the comfort of freshly prepared, home-style dishes. Check out their chye poh omelette, mei cai kou rou (pork belly with preserved mustard greens), salted fish bean sprouts and steamed cod with crispy chye poh:

chye poh omelette – wok-fried to crispy gold-brown perfection!
almost like a puff pastry, look at those lovely layers of fluffy, eggy goodness!
fall apart tender pork belly and preserved mustard greens
salted fish bean sprouts
steamed cod with crispy chye poh

TASTE: Old Place Seafood Taiwan Porridge is located at 59 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427783. It’s open for lunch 11am – 3pm and for dinner 5pm – 9.45pm. They close fortnightly on Wednesdays.
Tel: +65 84147441

With Chef-Owners Yong Wee Hiang (left) & Chua York Foo (right).

 

Big Prawn Noodles + bonus boozy Hotdogs & Rice Bowls!

Hello Makan Kakis!

Another week, another new Foodie Friend to meet! Xin Hui Helder-Eng is a story-teller, a copy-writer & self-confessed social media nanny who puts her lyrical skills to good use at Tie Fun Wan, her family-run Restaurant-Cafe, that serves delicious rice & noodle bowls from just $8 nett by her brother-in-law, Chef Ken Chia.

She’s also a contributor on Parched Asia, an online lifestyle magazine dedicated to the pleasures and pursuit of drinking – cocktail culture, drinking trends, interviews, great recipes, new bars, reviews, listicles and good advice.

Speaking of which, she shares with us where to go for good eats and drinks, so have a listen below for rice bowls, hotdogs, cocktails and so much more!

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First of all, you should know that Xin Hui loves dining out for food that she can’t make herself and as a die-hard Eastie, she knows her East-side eats well. In fact, she jokes that some say West is Best, people go to the East to Feast! And feast you will, at a stall that has been gaining great popularity – Da Dong Prawn Noodles in Joo Chiat.

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STAND-OUT HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE

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It’s Singapore’s Birthday Month! And in our month-long series on home-grown brands, we see the return of Alex Pang, Director of New Ubin Seafood – a truly Singaporean Tze Char restaurant brand known for not just their take on tasty traditional dishes, but also their innovative twist on Western contemporary dishes. Dining out on the tastiest dishes Singapore has to offer is a tradition with the Pang Family and many of Alex’s favourite makan spots are places he’s been frequenting with his parents since he was a child.  Case-in-point, Alex’s favourite Chicken Rice restaurant at Far East Plaza, a place his Mum has been taking him to since he was 5 or 6 years old – and it’s still there! He says you can’t get more Singaporean than  sharing a Chicken Rice meal with your family. And while yes, where to find the best Chicken Rice will remain a highly debatable subject, Alex maintains that amongst the many places he frequents, this place really has the stand out Chicken Rice for him.

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Order the Porridge at this Duck Place!

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Greetings Greedies! This week, our Makan Kaki Chef Ming Tan of JAM @ Siri House returns with one of his most favourite dishes of all time. So where can we find the best Cantonese Pei Dan Chok (Century Egg Porridge) in Chef Ming’s opinion? Surprisingly, at any of the Imperial Treasure outlets! This Singapore success story in F & B really excels in the most basic and simplest of things and if they’ve got that right, you know everything else delicious will follow. Specifically, Chef Ming is drawn to the transcendental porridge lovingly and painstakingly created by the chefs at Paragon’s Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck. Yes, it’s funny one would go to a Peking Duck restaurant for pork and egg porridge, but trust him, it’s really really good! But before we get to that, of course their Peking duck is fantastic, as are their roast meats. And there are 2 other dishes Chef Ming wants to highlight.

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Of Burgers, Chicken Rice & Prawn Mee

Greetings, Makan Kakis! This week, our newest foodie friend is Moe Ibrahim, the founder & CEO of Deelish Brands, the restaurant management company that has brought Californian fast-casual chain Fatburger to Singapore.

As a hotelier and entrepreneur, he’s especially passionate about the quality of the ingredients and the service at Fatburger Singapore, so have a listen to what he has to say about their Fresh, Authentic & Tasty burgers here:

Originally from Jersey City, USA, Moe has had 20 years of living in Singapore to really get to know our local food and develop a love for chilli & spice.  A self-confessed East Coast boy, he has a couple of neighbourhood favourites to recommend:

First of all, the hawker classic that everybody loves, Chicken Rice! Moe loves the stall at the corner of Upper East Coast Road & Jalan Tua Kong – mainly because of the people there. The Uncle used to race cars and is a real character, while the Auntie always serves him extra chicken. To Moe, it’s all about the service and people putting in that extra touch.

Peking Roasted Chicken Rice
Soy Eu Tua Coffee Shop
15 Upper East Coast Rd, S(455207)
Open Daily: 9am – 7pm

Another favourite of Moe’s is the Prawn Mee along East Coast Road, which sees long queues all the time. He prefers having the dry version and with the smaller (not giant tiger) prawns because they have more flavour.

Beach Road Prawn Mee Eating House
370 East Coast Road, S(428981)
Open: 8am – 4pm (Closed Tuesdays)
Tel: +65 6345 7196

 

 

Masterchef Judge Approved Nasi Lemak

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Click to watch the accompanying video of our Nasi Lemak feast!

Masterchef Singapore Guest Judge & Executive Chef of Alma by Juan Amador, Chef Haikal Johari used to work in Bangkok full time – his returns to Singapore occurred once in a while and only for a couple of days, so the one thing he craved was always Nasi Lemak. In particular, the popular Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak at Adam Road would fill his mind on the plane all the way home. Those in the know will recognise this stall for its illustrious patrons, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and even the Sultan of Brunei! Also, you can’t miss Selera Rasa’s uniquely-named sets inspired by the card game of Poker, like the Royal Flush & Full House!

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