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This week, author of Singapore’s first English-Tagalog Cookbook, A Helping Hand and our favourite Changmoh, Frog Michaels joins us to reveal her husband’s family’s favourite Makan place. All five generations have been eating here for years and remains it a firm favourite, particularly with her Singaporean mother-in-law, who has been eating here since she was a little girl. So if you fancy a spicy Biryani done right, look no further than the famous Islamic Restaurant on North Bridge Road.
Frog says there is nothing that compares to how Islamic do theirs and she once tried to trick her mother-in-law with a different Biryani only to be discovered. The taste is that distinctive! In fact, because Frog’s mother-in-law has moved to live in the U.K., Frog very often takes away the Chicken Biryani, freezes it before packing it in her suitcase when she flies over to visit. And guess what? It defrosts and heats up beautifully, retaining its gorgeous flavours! It’s all in the spicy rempah, with which they cook the rice and chicken.
Frog enjoys a chicken breast and Biryani with some refreshing minty-cucumber yogurt on the side. There are lots of other dishes to choose from at Famous Islamic, whether you like yogurt-marinated chicken on skewers or mutton curry, there’s something for everyone!
Read all about it in Frog’s own words:
I don’t care if it was ” the first” (see text on sign above) or voted “Singapore’s best”. It’s my favourite! Here am I with the current owner, (third generation no less) Kalil. This place is like a Patek Phillippe watch: you don’t own it, you pass it on to the next generation!
I love the dark green, jewel-like interior. The old restaurant didn’t used to have much air con but this one does (they moved about 10 years ago) and it’s packed at lunchtime. Best time to arrive? 11.30am.
Instagram-worthy chicken biryani (below). The rempah is lemak and lovely and one of the defining things about this as a dish.
Lunch date: Biryani complete with famous Islamic’s homemade spicy achaar and lamb curry.
Obviously I am straight in there! I can’t possibly let a plate of biryani sit in front of me and get cold….
It’s housed in a beautiful old shophouse. Just make sure you get there before the bus loads of foodies arrive. Ooops – looks like they’re here already!
FAMOUS ISLAMIC RESTAURANT
745 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198713
Open Daily: Mon-Sun 10am– 10pm
TEL: + 65 6298 7563