STAY HOME & EAT – Fuss-free DIY French Feast

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Our Makan Kaki Chef Anthony Yeoh (of Summer Hill French Bistro in Sunset Way) returns after a long hiatus to catch up and fill us in on how it’s been for local F&B establishments facing the challenges brought on by Covid-19. With Phase 2 beginning tomorrow and dine-in options at restaurants finally back, he shares with us how we can, as customers, help local F&B revive and recover (have a listen to our podcast – link is above). 

Also, I had the joy of testing out Summer Hill’s DIY Eats and “cooking” for my family recently. I use inverted commas because while I indeed produced an impressive feast that looked and tasted good, I did none of the heavy-lifting! Everything has been fully cooked by the Summer Hill team, all you need to do is simple reheating. It’s what Chef Anthony calls quality comfort for everyone. The DIY Eats menu is available in Single serves & Family serves to fit all occasions. Case in point, Father’s Day this Sunday 21 June!

Thanks to the team at Summer Hill, all the back-breaking, time-consuming prep & expert cooking has been done. A beautiful box packed with all the prepared food neatly vacuum sealed, along with precise instructions was delivered to my doorstep (you can also opt to do a pick up at the restaurant).

My family and I tucked into a fancy French feast of Kurobuta pork collar, wagyu beef Provençale stew & Summer Hill’s signature roast chicken. All were Single Serve orders, but these 3 choices fed 4 of us comfortably, which is to me, great value for money for good quality food.

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STAY HOME & EAT – Charcoal-Roasted Meats

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As we count down to the easing of the circuit breaker, how about a charcoal roasted meat feast? This week, have a gorgeously smokey set meal from RV Roasted Delight delivered straight to your doorstep at a reasonable price! Their meal sets for three to 8 people range from $21.80 to $71.80 and set meals for two range from $18.80 – 20.80, which is the one I chose. Package C for 2 consists of ¼ roast duck (upper quarter – which means I got a lovely juicy leg, breast meat and a little rib meat), plus an extra choice of 2 meats – choose from roast duck, chicken, char siew, roasted crispy pork belly or sausage. I went with the classic combo of roasted pork and char siew. White rice and oyster sauce vegetable with fried shallot rounded off the meal.


The roasted duck, in my opinion was the clear winner – really beautifully seasoned, with quite a refined taste that wasn’t too game-y or overpowering.

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STAY HOME & EAT – DIY Wanton Noodles

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Bee Kee Wanton Noodles created in my kitchen from their DIY kit!

This week, let’s bring on the best of both worlds and combine cooking at home with hawker quality wanton mee, all in a DIY kit delivered straight to your doorstep. You may already know Bee Kee Wanton Noodle in Lorong Lew Lian for their truffle & traditional wanton mee and now you can reproduce the latter in the comfort of your own kitchen!

Here’s what you get in the kit: 40 wantons, 10 bundles of noodles, 3 jars of sauces (crispy lard chunks sold separately).

I filled up a quick online order form for the Bee Kee wanton noodle kit, consisting of 10 bundles of their fresh thin egg noodles, 40 freshly wrapped pork wantons and 3 jars of sauce – homemade chilli, fragrant oil & signature soy sauce. Delivery was prompt and I received a text message with cooking instructions that were easy to follow and foolproof. I managed to turn out delicious wanton noodles of my own in less than 5 minutes!

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Alternative Asian-Style Roasts for Christmas

‘Tis the season for roasted turkeys, glazed hams and other festive eats. But why not embrace the flavours of Asia instead and celebrate with Cantonese-style roasted meats?

After hearing about this place from my Gold 905 Makan Kaki Chef Lim Yew Aun of The Cicheti Group, I hurried over to Keong Saik Road for some season’s eatings in the form of char siew (barbequed pork) and siew yoke (crispy pork belly), with some roasted duck thrown in for good measure. One bite and I knew I was going to have myself a tasty, er, merry little Christmas, thanks to Foong Kee Coffee Shop.


With chef-owner Derrick Wong Wai Chiew

TASTE: Foong Kee Traditional Charcoal Roasted is located at
Foong Kee Coffee Shop, 6 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089114.
It’s open Mondays to Saturdays, 11am – 8pm. They close on Sundays and public holidays.

Order the Porridge at this Duck Place!

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Greetings Greedies! This week, our Makan Kaki Chef Ming Tan of JAM @ Siri House returns with one of his most favourite dishes of all time. So where can we find the best Cantonese Pei Dan Chok (Century Egg Porridge) in Chef Ming’s opinion? Surprisingly, at any of the Imperial Treasure outlets! This Singapore success story in F & B really excels in the most basic and simplest of things and if they’ve got that right, you know everything else delicious will follow. Specifically, Chef Ming is drawn to the transcendental porridge lovingly and painstakingly created by the chefs at Paragon’s Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck. Yes, it’s funny one would go to a Peking Duck restaurant for pork and egg porridge, but trust him, it’s really really good! But before we get to that, of course their Peking duck is fantastic, as are their roast meats. And there are 2 other dishes Chef Ming wants to highlight.

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ROASTED MEATS RULE GHIM MOH!

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This week, Roasted Meat fans, Our Makan Kaki, Chef-Owner of Summer Hill Bistro, Anthony Yeoh has a treat for you. If you’re looking for Malaysian Cantonese style roasted meat, you’ve got to pay this Ghim Moh stall a visit.

Jiu Jiang Shao La (九江烧腊) often boasts super-long queues & for good reason. First of all, their meats are roasted fresh in a roaster right in their stall. The result is quality meat that has customers coming back over and over for more.

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Unbeatable Kampung Chicken Rice

Greetings, Makan Kakis, we start 2018 with a brand new foodie friend, one who’s no stranger to the F&B business, having successfully started his own Chinese casual dining restaurant that broke even within 3 months of its opening, probably due to their signature recipe for saucy, succulent Char Siew (which you can see and read about here). Please meet Anthony Ung of CHAR Restaurant

CHAR Restaurant first appeared on the dining scene in Singapore in 2014 when it was launched by Vietnam-born, Birmingham-UK-raised Anthony & his brother Alvin, a chef by profession. With his 30 years of experience working in Chinese restaurants in Birmingham from dishwasher to head chef in traditional Chinese cooking, Alvin’s culinary expertise combined perfectly with Anthony’s meticulous science and IT background & passion for experimenting with Western food preparation techniques on Asian ingredients and produce. They definitely hit on a winning formula and after a wildly successful run at their original location along Guillemard Road, Anthony and his Singaporean Wife are delighted to have moved CHAR to a bigger, brighter space along Jalan Besar.

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Anthony professes an obsession with our local Chicken Rice, which he ate everyday for 3 months when he first moved to Singapore, leading to a 5 kg weight gain, which also means he’s eaten his way through many plates, many brands and many types to arrive at the conclusion that this is HIS FAVOURITE Chicken Rice and in his humble opinion, THE BEST in Singapore.

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VIDEO: LOCAL ROAST MEATS FOR CHRISTMAS

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‘Tis the season for chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Actually, why settle for chestnuts or turkeys, when we can celebrate with a decidedly more Asian-style roast – Char Siew (roast pork), Siew Yoke (crispy pork belly) and other porky delights. In this video, follow Denise for two delicious options – one gives you a hearty hawker feast and the other, a more refined restaurant experience. Continue reading “VIDEO: LOCAL ROAST MEATS FOR CHRISTMAS”