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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Laksa To Swear By

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This week, join our Makan Kaki Frog Michaels, Chang Moh & authour of A Helping Hand, as she shares where she likes to go for Nyonya Laksa. Her husband’s family are Baba, and after years of “training” Frog stands in good stead to distinguish good from bad when it comes to those Peranakan flavours! Now, truth be told, when it comes to Katong Laksa, there are many who profess to be THE original, so we’ll just leapfrog over that argument and go straight to Frog’s favourite place. She believes they are authentic and serve up a good, rich, tasty bowl of spicy, coconutty goodness!

This Katong Laksa is run by the affable George, so Frog usually refers to this as George’s Laksa and it’s been in his family for 2-3 generations. Frog was introduced to this by a family friend who’s been eating there since George’s father has been making it. George now runs the show with his wife, churning out bowl after bowl of Frog’s favourite local dish.

Frog swears by this laksa, which she describes as having “a real richness to it”. The spiciness is just right and in fact she asks for extra sambal for that fiery kick. Check out George’s cauldron of goodness!

Frog doesn’t live near the East at all, but she says it’s worth the trip and each time she goes, she not only dines in, but will take away as well, to make that trip East count! What she appreciates about George’s Laksa is his care in preparation – even the laksa you take away is lovingly placed into separate containers – noodles and ingredients in one, gravy in another – so the dish doesn’t get all claggy or soggy. Frog loves to go early in the morning to beat the crowd and often brings out-of-town visitors there for breakfast, just to test them! She doesn’t tell them what it is, she just tells them to have a go and so far, reactions have been good! One typically kiasu but necessary Singaporean tip, because she’s “kancheong” that he will have run out, Frog always SMSes George before she heads down, to make sure he’s got what she craves!

1 Telok Kurau Road, SINGAPORE 423756 (in the coffeeshop on the corner of Telok Kurau & Changi Roads, opposite the SPC petrol station)
Open: 8am – 3.30pm (closed alternate tuesdays)
Tel: 98559401 / 64404585

Read more about Laksa George on Frog’s blog,!

Local Delights and Buffet Tucked Away in Little India

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Going to the market is a fave pastime of Violet Oon‘s, but wet-marketing at Tekka can be quite a marathon endeavour and at the end of a hot, sweaty shopping trip, she is always on the look out for nearby places to cool-off and relax at. This week, Violet recommends an unexpected oasis in Little India that hasn’t been discovered by many as yet. A hidden gem of an urban hotel perched atop the Farrer Park MRT Station, called One Farrer Hotel & Spa.
This the perfect foil to the earthy hustle & bustle of Little India, a cool respite from the heat and a great place for round-the-clock dining at its restaurant, the aptly-named Escape. What’s wonderful is that Escape offers up truly 24-hour dining – breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between – from its extensive ala carte menu, featuring local delights like fried Hokkien Mee, chicken rice, wanton mee soup and beef hor fun, to its ‘Interactive Kitchen’ buffet at lunch and dinner times. Nine live cooking stations serve up a mouth-watering international array of Chinese, North Indian, Japanese, Western and local cuisines.
Check out the fresh seafood spread – sushi, sashimi, lobster, oysters and more! Other highly recommended dishes include the One Farrer Lobster Laksa (thick, rich, made with Maine Lobster & served with Homemade Otah) and the Durian Symphony (a durian mille feuille, kind of like a crepe rolled with gula melaka).
The cherry on top for Violet was really to discover that the executive chef, KK Kong, is none other than the young man who used to work for her in Takashimaya when he was 18 years old. Fast forward 20 years, Violet is delighted to see how far Chef Kong has come, planning these menus and creating wonderful meals for hotel guests and customers alike.
At Escape, you’ll find the food delicious and the ambiance quiet and relaxed. Add the attentive staff and you have a great place for the whole family to eat, anytime of the day.

Escape Restaurant And Lounge
One Farrer Hotel & Spa
1 Farrer Park Station Road
Open Daily 24 hours
Interactive Kitchen Buffet – Lunch 12 – 2.30pm
Interactive Kitchen Buffet – Dinner 6 – 10pm
Supper 10pm – 5am
All Day A La Carte Dining
Reservations: (+65) 6705 7828