This week, our foodie friend and cook-performer in Singapore Festival of the Arts’ forthcoming O.P.E.N. KITCHENS, Asha Adnan, introduces us to a retro restaurant that’s a throwback to the 70s/ 80s. Mukmin Restaurant features several established stalls serving up really delicious home comforts. Case in point, Kacang Pool, which Asha describes as a Malay take on hummus. Asha loves the texture and taste of this dish, which comes with chopped green chillies, red onion and a fried egg on top. Better yet, you can ask for a runny centre (Asha recommends you do) and sop up all the eggy, kacang goodness with the toasted French bread served on the side!
If you’re early enough and lucky enough to be there on Fridays, be sure to get in line to grab the freshly fried Goreng Pisang (batter-fried banana) – sweet, savoury and so irresistible – BEFORE 2pm. They sell out really quickly, a testament to how good they are! And don’t forget to ask for the crumbs – you know, those crunchy bits of excess batter? Other must-tries at Mukmin include their Lontong Goreng, Mee Soto & Laksa. It’s really a restaurant that has everything tasty under one roof!
TASTE: MUKMIN RESTAURANT
Block 129 Bedok North Street 2, #01-26, Singapore 460129
Open Daily: 7am – 10pm
2015 has been such a delicious year and as we usher in a brand new year of eating, let’s take a look back at the makan places that really caught your attention & appetites! The following Top 10 list features a great variety of yummy hawker stalls, restaurants and dishes that grabbed the most views on our blog. Click on each for details & enjoy!
Thank you so much for your support of our tasty little segment on Gold 905 and if you could, do help spread the word about Makan Kakis! Here’s to a hearty 2016 full of delicious things to eat! Season’s Eatings & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
SELAMAT HARI RAYA HAJI! This week, our Makan Kaki, The Fabulous Baker Boy, Juwanda Hassim revisits a childhood favourite he thought he had lost forever. When he was in school, there was a stall in an old shophouse in Upper Serangoon he used to frequent with his classmates for out-of-this-world Mee Rebus.
Recently, his classmate revealed that the stall is still around and still serving up the same amazing food, just at a new location. If you are a fan of delicious, unique Mee Rebus, you might already know about the special “Mee Rebus Power” from Rahim Muslim Food. Imagine Juwanda’s joy at rediscovering this taste memory which has been around since the 1960s and passed down through 2 generations! What makes this Mee Rebus so “POWER” is you can order it with or without chicken and then the whole dish is slathered in a thick gravy that is topped with the spicy-sweet Satay peanut sauce. It’s rich, unctuous and packs a punch!
Another must-try (and possibly even more delicious than the Mee Rebus in Juwanda’s opinion) is the Mee Soto – the perfect balance of spices and wholesome chicken goodness. The uncle there is very obliging with which chicken parts you like. Be sure to have it with the sambal and the crispy begedil, which is made with lots of real potato, not padded out with heaps of flour.
Complete your feast with the satay (with lots and lots of the above-mentioned power peanut sauce). The chunks of meat have a real traditional smokiness, that can only be created from slow-grilling over charcoal, just like the satay sauce is slow-cooked to its irresistibly rich, nutty consistency.
TASTE: Rahim Muslim Food
Block 721, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8
Fu Chan Coffee Shop
Open Daily 12 – 8pm
Closed alternate Sundays (but check their Facebook page for details)