Makan Kakis Best of 2018 – Part 1

It’s time once again for Season’s Eatings and as we celebrate the end of another delicious year, welcome to our Makan Kakis special – we’re looking back at 2018’s most popular makan recommendations!

So let’s kick off the festive feasting off with these yummy gems:

For a little extra fun, head on over to Facebook now and vote for your favourite makan place out of these three selections!
To Listen/ download the podcast of this week’s Best of 2018 episode, CLICK HERE!
And do tune in to Gold 905 every Thursday all this December for our four-part special, featuring the best eats of the year!

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Awesome Apam & Char Kway Teow!

Greetings, Greedies! This week, we welcome new Makan Kaki, MasterChef Australia Season 10’s winner, Singapore born & bred Sashi Cheliah! We had him on the phone just a few days ahead of his hero’s home-coming and you can have a listen to / download the podcast of our chat.

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So Sashi’s return this weekend will see him at habitat by honestbee for cooking demonstrations and a meet and greet with fans & food lovers. The event is free and open to the public.
Date: 24 & 25 November 2018 (Sat & Sun)
Time: 2pm-3.30pm and 5pm-6.30pm (2 sessions each day)
Location: habitat by honestbee, 34 Boon Leat Terrace, S(119866)
Dishes he will be cooking: Sambal Prawn with crispy prawn heads and herb salad (24 Nov) and Roast Lamb with pea puree and beer battered cauliflower (25 Nov)
For more details, you can visit their fb page.

And now, read on for Sashi’s go-to places for his favourite local eats! He doesn’t get to return to Singapore often, so he’s making the most of this weekend to visit his old hawker haunts!

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Wanton Mee – Wan of Singapore’s Most Wanted!

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Hello Foodies! We see the return of last week’s Makan Kaki, Head Chef of Burnt Ends, Jake Kellie, who’s off to Western Australia this weekend to headline the Feast in the Forest at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape. We caught him just before his departure to recommend more makan and he offered up his favourite Wanton Mee stall at Hong Lim Food Centre, which sees relentlessly long lines at lunchtime. Of course, Singaporeans know that a long queue means good things at the end of the wait and Chef Jake is no exception – he’s willing to wait in line because their noodles are just that good! A typical visit to Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist sees Chef Jake start off with some crispy, tasty, deep-fried Wantons that are packed full of minced pork and shrimp.

To follow-up, he gets a bowl of dry Wanton Mee with Char Siew. He loves the fat, juicy parcels of boiled dumplings floating in soup, which he scoops into his noodles and mixes in with the sauce. This way, the soft, pillowy, boiled Wantons take on lots of flavour from the sauce mixture.

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Margaret Drive Hokkien Fried Prawn Mee

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Greetings Greedies! Boy, have we got a treat for you this week! Our Makan Kaki Chef Anthony Yeoh (Chef-owner of Summerhill) casts his culinary net once again around his Ghim Moh neighbourhood to bring us his recent discovery. Remember the good old Margaret Drive Hawker Centre?  Lots of delicious things were served there, but sadly it’s since been demolished and all that’s left is a barren field. All the hawkers disappeared, leaving many of us wondering where they went. Well, Chef Tony can tell you where at least one of those hawkers moved to – the fried Hokkien Mee stall is a quite a new to Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre, but it always sees long queues and sells out quickly. Whenever Chef Tony visits at noon, everything’s been snapped up and the stall’s neon red CLOSED sign is all lit up.


When Denise paid them a visit just before dinner time at 5pm, sure enough, said neon sign was on, but delicious smells were wafting from within. The chef-owner was hard at work, prepping for dinner. At this point, there were already 5 people queuing in anticipation for the stall’s opening. When his wife finally arrived, the neon sign flipped from red to green and finally, it was OPEN for business!


So why is this stall so popular? Is it nostalgia? Possibly. But Chef Tony says this is really good stuff and it’s the broth that makes this Hokkien Mee so special. It has a natural sweetness from a combination of squid, prawn heads & pork bones bubbling away in a giant pot right next to the wok. The broth is rich, savoury and is what makes this Hokkien Mee so delightfully sloppy, wet and messy – exactly how Chef Tony likes it!
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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

 

 

Famous, Fantastic Fishballs & More!

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SEE:   This week brings a famous fishball joint that really needs no introduction, but is always worth a mention. Our Makan Kaki Chef Daniel Tay reminds us again how delicious Song Kee’s fishball noodles are. It is an institution that plied its trade in Upper Serangoon till it shut unexpectedly, much to loyal customers’ disappointment. Thankfully, they re-opened in the Joo Chiat area last year to much fanfare. For good reason too. Their fishball and fish dumpling (herh keow) noodles are still as good as ever – it’s the perfect balance between great seasoning sauces (especially the chilli), noodle texture and fishy ingredients.

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Penang Prawn Mee & Assam Laksa

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Don’t have the time or extra cash for a trip to Penang -Malaysia’s dining haven? Here’s the next best thing – a trip to Island Penang Kitchen. This week, our Makan Kaki Chef Anthony Yeoh recommends this casual dining restaurant in Clementi for your Penang Food Fix!

Not only does this eatery serve up yummy Cze Char dishes to share like sambal kangkong & Lobak (the Penang version of our Ngoh Hiang), their Prawn Noodle Soup is also outstanding.

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Teochew Heritage Food

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Greetings, Greedies! Our Makan Kaki Chef Daniel Tay really does adore his Teochew Cuisine and this week, he returns with another one of his favourite restaurants in the East of Singapore. It’s a heritage family restaurant with over 40 years of history, so rest assured that you’ll get high quality, authentic, tasty Teochew dishes here at Chin Lee.

Chef Daniel’s must-try recommendation is the classic Steamed Pomfret, with shitake mushroom, tofu, sour plum and ginger in a clear, fragrant broth.

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