Curry Noodles & Chinese New Year Goodies

Hello Makan Kakis, this week we have a brand-new Foodie Friend! Please meet award-winning pastry chef Janice Wong, who’s as much an artist as a chef with her innovative, boundary-pushing creations and the founder of 2am: dessertbar, 2am: lab and Janice Wong Singapore.

Renowned for her gorgeous chocolates, she popped by the Gold 905 studio to chat about her latest Chinese New Year Collections, including her favourite Pork Floss & Bak Kwa Sesame cookies, hand-dipped chocolate-covered Pineapple Tarts and limited edition edible Piggy Banks with Gold Coins, all of which you can see here or purchase at her stores in Paragon & Raffles City

From Kaffir Lime to Laksa Leaves, her visits to Hawker Centres inspire many of the punchy flavours in her confections and Chef Janice is constantly challenging herself to find that sweet spot between innvoation and consistency. So have a listen to our on-air conversation and also find out where she likes to go for local flavour inspirations. You’ll want to scroll down especially if you love Curry Noodles!



Chef Janice really loves a good bowl of Curry Noodles and having grown up in the Hong Lim area, her top choice can be found at the renowned food centre there. In her opinion, it all boils down to their super-special chilli, which is made in huge batches once every 4 days and has a secret ingredient that she suspects may be black bean. What you get is a really nice flavour that extends the length of taste for the chicken broth.

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Patriotic Peranakan!



Happy National Day, Makan Kakis! In celebration of Singapore’s 53rd birthday, our foodie friend Chef, Author and Entrepreneur Shermay Lee is back with a tempting collaboration with the Conrad Singapore, featuring three of her specially created Peranakan dishes for their Buffet spread at Oscar’s. She is already well-known for her classic Peranakan cooking, based on her Grandmother’s hand-written heirloom recipes, but this time she has teamed up with Chef Alex Siah of Conrad Singapore to update and innovate their families’ culinary heritage. The result is Muar-style Otak-Otak (enriched with a passion fruit mayo and black tobiko) inspired by Chef Alex Siah’s Grandmother’s recipe and these three signature Peranakan dishes by Chef Shermay, prepared ala minute at Oscar’s live cooking stations to ensure freshness and quality:
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Best of 2017 – Makan Kakis’ Top Ten List


Gluttonous Greetings Everyone & Happy New Year!

2017 saw a whole host of new foodie friends joining our rolling panel of Makan Kakis and along with them came a stupendous slew of new & delicious food recommendations. So as we begin 2018, let’s take a look back at some of the most popular makan places that really caught your attention in 2017. Click on each for details & enjoy!

10. Another Best Contender for Bak Chor Mee?
9. Curry Rice that’s a CUT Above!
8. Firebaked Excellence
7. Geylang Hokkien Mee NOT in Geylang
6. Super Crispy Prata
5. Raw Egg Bak Chor Mee?!
4. Nuts about Pistachio Grill
3. Magnificent Mee Pok
2. Karried Away by Kway Chap
1. Die-Die-Must-Try Fishball & Herh Keow

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Thank you so much for your support of our tasty little segment on Gold 905 and for helping it grow bigger and better. If you like what you hear on air and what you see here on the blog, do share share share! Here’s to yet another year of yum – may your 2018 be overflowing with the best things to eat and drink – Season’s Eatings!



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This week, our Makan Kaki Chef Anthony Yeoh takes us to Tekka Market for his usual Prata fix. Run by a cute, friendly Malay couple, Prata Saga Sambal Berlada serves up delicious fried pastries with a little twist. In a world of crispy-style tissue pratas, this is one stall that does things old-school.

Soft, fluffy (Pakcik smashes each square pastry with his hands to fluff them up after frying), with a touch of surface crispness, this traditional prata stands apart from others with its accompanying curries. Why? The answer is in the name of the stall! The flavour of the dish is enhanced with a dollop of spicy-sweet SAMBAL!

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The sambal completely changes the taste of the curry – choose from chicken or fish – and gives it a unique lift. So if you think you’ve tried everything you needed to try when it comes to prata, pay this stall a visit! Sambal prata is certainly a first for us Makan Kakis! And actually, even if you don’t fancy the sambal, just the plain prata is of incredible quality and definitely worth a try.

Above is 2 plain pratas with fish curry and sambal,  but as you can see below, they serve so many other variations, including onion, egg, cheese and even murtabak!

mr & mrs zukifli & their 400 balls of hand-made prata dough!

Prata Saga Sambal Berlada
#01-258 Tekka Market and Food Centre
665 Buffalo Road, S(210665)
Open Daily: 7am – 4pm

Curry Rice that’s a CUT Above!

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This week, our foodie friend Chef Tony Yeoh continues his guide to good eats in the Jalan Besar area with a popular Chinese-style curry rice restaurant. If you haven’t already, you must try the Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice, which as it often happens in Singapore, isn’t actually at Beach Road! Everything is done assembly-line style – you approach the food counter, peer at the shelves of mouth-watering cooked dishes and start picking whatever you want to go on top of your mountain of white rice.

rice4What you end up with is a huge sloppy mess that doesn’t look pretty, but tastes just beautiful! So the way it goes, choose what you like to go with your rice: deep fried breaded chicken chop or pork chop, soya sauce chicken, curry chicken, kong bak (fatty pork belly stewed in soy sauce), fried egg (hor bao dan), fried fish cake, whole fried fish, the list goes on…

Scissor-cut Chicken/ Pork Chop soaks up the curry like a sponge!
Stewed Cabbage in soya sauce comes with every order
Stewed Pork Belly in soya sauce and tau pok (beancurd)
Fried Egg doused in curry gravy!
Curry Chicken Wing

Once you’re done choosing your dishes, everything gets cut up into smaller pieces with scissors, stewed cabbage in soya sauce gets added on the side and then at end of the assembly line is a big pot of curry gravy, which gets ladled on top of your entire plate of food.

Everything becomes one homogenous, sloppy curry mixture. The curry is not too lemak or creamy, it’s a little starchy, with a hint of spice but not too spicy. This mild curry is far from boring though and ultimately, it really is the delicious glue that holds all dishes together on your plate.

With every bite you eat, you get a distinct taste of the curry and a little of everything else and that’s what Hainanese Curry Rice is all about. It’s quick, it’s dirty, it’s down-to-earth, local fast-food.

This place is always packed at lunch, but the great thing is, it’s open practically all day, from lunch through to late night supper! But if you want to beat the crowds, go between 2-5pm – you’ll still get plenty to choose from.


Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice (Jalan Besar)
229 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208905
Open Monday – Saturday: 11am – 3.30am


Brilliant Biryani

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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:

fullsizerender-4I 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!

fullsizerender-5 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.

img_3673 Instagram-worthy chicken biryani (below). The rempah is lemak and lovely and one of the defining things about this as a dish.

img_3677 Lunch date: Biryani complete with famous Islamic’s homemade spicy achaar and lamb curry.

img_3698 Obviously I am straight in there! I can’t possibly let a plate of biryani sit in front of me and get cold….

img_3712It’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!

745 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198713
Open Daily: Mon-Sun 10am– 10pm
TEL: + 65 6298 7563

Curry Classic

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With the History of Singapore Part 1 on till the end of the week, our Makan Kaki has been staying away from all the spicy foods she loves to protect her voice, but oh boy, when the stage show is wrapped, Selena Tan is definitely headed for a curry in a hurry! And when it comes to curries, this Dim Sum Dolly insists on legendary local institution Samy’s. She has been eating there with her family – Mum, dad, brothers & sisters – since she was 7 and till this day, they still go there for all things delicious and spicy!

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Why? Well, in Selena’s words, there’s nothing like Samy’s Masala Chicken – she craves it, she eats it there, she takes it away and she even orders in bulk for parties – it’s that good! The secret is in the complex flavours and spices used – there are many layers to the taste and as you eat the chicken with lots of masala gravy, you get a real party of flavours in your mouth before the spice hits you. Another must-have is the addictive fish head curry with it’s thick, luscious gravy that you’ve got to scoop up with lots of crispy pappadum. The added lady’s fingers and brinjal just take this signature dish over the top for our vegetable-loving Makan Kaki! Speaking of veggies, do get the whole set meal on a banana leaf (as seen above) for longbeans, cabbage, daal, rice (or naan if you prefer) and all the different curries like Selena’s beloved Masala Chicken!

25 Dempsey Road
Tel: 6472 2080
11am – 3pm (Lunch)
6pm – 10pm (Dinner)
CLOSED every Tuesday

Dreaming of Local & Peranakan Delights?

Hello! We have a brand-new Makan Kaki joining our esteemed group of Gastronomical Gurus and she is none other than Founder/ Big Boss of local Theatre Company Dream Academy, fellow Dim Sum Dolly and my friend, Selena Tan! It’s not hard to see how much Selena loves her food and she has many wonderful places to recommend, but to start things off, she absolutely HAS to start with the one who started her love for food – her adorable mum, Daisy!

Selena’s mum Daisy with Denise

Daisy has always loved to cook – from her days of growing up in a kampong and trading recipes with the aunties there, along with learning from her own mother and her mother’s mother, this original Kampong Bahru girl has amassed an impressive array of local and Peranakan dishes that are simply too good not to share! That’s why she decided to open up a humble little stall at Tiong Bahru Market to begin with. Fast forward a few years and that stall has since become a full-fledged family restaurant in the Clementi/ West Coast area, called Daisy’s Dream Kitchen. Selena and her brother are in on this venture and the food has loyal fans flocking back for more.

It was really hard to get Selena to narrow down a list of her favourites, but here are some of hers (and mine!):
Delicious, deep-fried appetisers hot from the wok! Daisy’s wildly popular Ngoh Hiang (juicy little pork and prawn balls with lots of garlic and crunchy water chestnut). Sedap with her addictively pedas and limey sambal belacan.


Crispy-fried, well-seasoned chicken wings – MORE please!


Instead of the usual Ayam Buah Keluak, Daisy’s serves Babi Buah Keluak – pork that is fall-off-the-bone tender, a thick rich gravy and that quintessential black gold – smooth, nutty, salty, bitter-sweet-spicy filling you must gorek lovingly from the shells to mix with the killer lime sambal belachan and white rice!

Here are a couple more good ones – the tangy, earthy Black Ink Sotong. Assam is used very liberally in this unique squid dish. And Lagi best! An acquired taste, but Sambal Petai with ikan billis is pungent, tasty and has lots of crunchy texture. Also, look out for the weekly/ bi-monthly specials that always has diners requesting they be added to the permanent menu:

Selena and one of her favourite weekly specials, Masala Chicken
Nonya Laksa – a hot weekly special not to be missed!
Typical feast at Daisy’s Dream Kitchen

From Nonya Chap Chye, to deep-fried ikan stuffed with sambal, to Bakwan Kepiting (pork ball soup), to otak-otak and chicken curry, a meal at Daisy’s Dream Kitchen is like coming home to family, and a heart-warming home-cooked meal that is both delightful & delicious!



DAISY’S DREAM KITCHEN – Peranakan & Local Delights
Blk 517, West Coast Road
Tel: 67791781
Open Tues – Sun (closed Monday)
Lunch 11am – 3pm
Dinner 6 -10pm