Char Kway Teow remains one of the most popular local dishes for us Makan Kakis, so get ready for a real treat today. Our Foodie Friend Shawn Kishore of The Salted Plum returns with his recommendation, a place he calls one of his all-time breakfast places.
“Char Kway Teow for breakfast?” We hear you say. The answer is YES and you’ll understand once you get a taste of this Michelin Bib Gourmand awardee’s specialty.
Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee has consistently been making “Best Of” lists for years and rightly so. Shawn says it’s the really high quality dark soya sauce they use that lends the entire fried noodle dish a pleasant sweetness that balances perfectly with the other savoury flavours and the powerful aroma of lard. Kissed with char and smokiness, the wok hei is amazing too.
Most mornings, you’ll find Shawn at the Hong Lim Food Centre stall at 6.30am tucking in to his special order of Char Kway Teow, with $2 of extra see hum (cockles, which he claims have a brininess and texture that cuts through all the richness) and extra chilli for a fiery kick that offsets the savory-sweetness delectably.
Judging from the snaking queues, Shawn’s not the only one who’s there for a super-early morning indulgence. The trick is to get there before 6.45am to avoid the legendary wait. Though this is one Char Kway Teow worth queuing for!
TASTE: Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee
Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
531A Upper Cross St, #02-17, S(051531)
Open: Mon – Sat 6am – 3.30pm (Closed Sundays & public holidays)
Say you’re walking along Orchard Road and the craving for hor fun strikes. Aside from run-of-the-mill food courts, where can you go for an excellent meal of zi char favourites?
This literally happened to my Gold 905 Makan Kaki, creator of Omakase Burger and owner of Picnic Food Park, Cheng Hsin Yao and his friend from out of town. Fortunately he already knew of one place he could recommend. A place that many fans are calling the best zi char you can get in the Orchard area.
Tucked away behind clothing boutiques, game shops and hair salons in Far East Plaza, this hidden gem has only been open for about a year and a half, but business has been so brisk that they’ve had to relocate from a small unit on the fifth floor to their current bigger space on the second floor… Click the links below for more on Maddie’s Kitchen!
This week, in GOLD 905 DJ Denise Tan’s new Makan Kakis series with CNA Lifestyle, she digs into Joo Chiat Place Fried Kway Teow – a hidden gem tucked away in a nondescript coffee shop recommended by her Makan Kaki and owner of Sinpopo Brand & Awfully Chocolate Lyn Lee.
Does this char kway teow stall serve up noodles with the best “wok hei” (literally, breath of the wok, in Cantonese)? Find out here!
Hi Foodie Friends, our new Makan Kaki is the founder-owner of Taiwanese rice bowl & street food inspired communal dining restaurant, The Salted Plum, as well as pasta pop-up, Pasta Supremo.
Shawn Kishore tells us about his humble beginnings in F&B as an 8-year-old “kopi kia” in Tampines, helping out at his Grandma’s noodle stall and filling in for the drinks stall uncle when he was on break.
An F&B Consultant by training, Shawn became a restaurateur with the opportunity to start a pop-up called FIVE TEN (because everything on the menu was $5 or $10!). It went viral and was such a culinary hit, that after the 11-month lease was up, they decided to look for a permanent space and voila, The Salted Plum was born! This is an affordable, fuss-free, communal dining concept that serves dishes inspired Taiwanese Street Food. They now have 2 outlets, one at Circular Road, and another at Suntec City, which just opened a few months ago. Coincidentally, they also decided to start another pop-up at Suntec called Pasta Supremo, which serves fresh, handmade pasta paired with novel sauces. Do scroll down for some droolsome pictures of the delicious dishes served at both dining concepts!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for Shawn and it’s the only time he has for himself, so that’s why he’s obsessive about a hearty meal to start his day. Enter excellent Bak Chor Mee – in one bowl, you have a complete, fuss-free, affordable meal with the perfect balance of flavour, carbs, fat & protein. So where does a guy who ate it everyday day for breakfast 7 years in a row go for his Teochew Fishball Noodle fix? Shawn’s current favourite is just a one minute walk from his restaurant The Salted Plum on Circular road, which makes both convenient and comforting!
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!
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.
Head Chef of Jamie’s Italian VivoCity, Chef Ashley Lim, is back and after previously taking us to Japan & France, he returns to to take us to China – Shanghai to be exact – for its renowned cuisine, in particular those tender, tasty, steamed pastry-wrapped parcels of meat & soup, Xiao Long Bao. For excellent soup dumplings, Chef Ashley loves visiting Paradise Dynasty, also known as “the legend of Xiao Long Bao”. Every time he goes, he orders a minimum of 3 – 4 large baskets, each with 10 servings of perfect dumplings. We might be familiar with this restaurant and their eye-catching 8 Treasures Xiao Long Bao in a myriad of colours and flavours, but Chef Ashley prefers sticking with the traditional, classic steamed pork soup dumplings.
All this month of August, in celebration of our Nation’s birthday, we shine the spotlight on homegrown brands and their success stories. We talk to some of the people working behind-the-scenes who work hard to make things tick and of course, get them to recommend their favourite makan places! This week, we warmly welcome back our Makan Kaki, Lyn Lee, one of the owners of local confectionery Awfully Chocolate & heritage-centric Sinpopo Brand. It’s been 3 years since she was last on-air with us, so we have a lot to catch up on, including the latest offerings from Awfully Chocolate and developments with Sinpopo Brand, which has expanded from a cute restaurant in Katong to a coffee bar and a grocer (Scroll all the way down for pictures & more)!
Lyn says she was never a fan of Bak Chor Mee until she tried the one from a humble stall in the Tiong Bahru coffee shop at the corner of Seng Poh Road (Block 71). This coffee shop is already famous for Loos’ Curry Scissor Rice and the Vegetarian Bee Hoon, but you’ve also got to try the Bak Chor Mee there, with one caveat – it HAS to be prepared by the Uncle. He made a convert out of Lyn. If the Uncle is cooking it, you’ll see a long queue, but if it’s not prepared by him, there’s something not quite right about the flavours & textures – he really does have the magic touch. Both times in the last month that Lyn has been, Uncle hasn’t been there, so she’s been forced to find another Bak Chor Mee which is more central. She was delighted to discover that an excellent stall from Maxwell Market has popped up at Capitol Piazza.
Guan’s Mee Pok is what Lyn calls “fancy”- you can get add-ons like an onsen egg, yaitori on a stick, dumplings, abalone and other luxe ingredients.
This week, we welcome a brand new Makan Kaki! Meet this Foodie Friend who has an exuberant appetite for food, life and travel – Lennard Yeong – you may find him familiar since he was one of the finalists of MasterChef Asia. Previously an engineer, he’s now a self-taught cook, TV host and also an official World’s 50 Best TasteHunter – a network of foodies who spotlight new restaurants, exciting dining collaborations and up-and-coming cuisines in the restaurant world. He is also an in-house Resident Chef for Miele, one of the sponsors of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 – the annual list of the world’s finest restaurants, which will be revealed at an awards ceremony taking place at Sands Theatre on 25 June. There are a whole slew of culinary events in the lead-up to the awards, featuring some of the world’s best chefs at the 50 Best Masterclasses, #50BestTalks series and curated gastronomic experiences throughout Marina Bay Sands.
As a self-professed “very Cantonese boy”, Lennard enjoys soups very much, and that’s why he’s recommending his favourite prawn noodles that come with an awesome broth and a kicky chilli. The lady behind 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles is a third generation hawker whose family operates out of Whampoa, but her stall is actually in Tekka Market, Little India. As described on the stall’s Facebook page: