Heart of the Meta

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On days off, a Chef like our Makan Kaki Petrina Loh, enjoys heading out to connect with friends over a really good meal. And more often than not, she ends up at Michelin-starred Meta. Apart from the wonderful, innovative food, it offers casual but fine-dining and is one of the more reasonably-priced too. Korean Chef Sun Kim’s food draws from his own heritage but also showcases French and Italian influences to great effect and flavour. At that level, the discerning diner should expect an adventurous meal that interests & excites the palate. In particular, Chef Petrina really loves the Irish Oyster (a Meta menu mainstay), which is fresh, HUUUUGE & paired with the Korean red pepper sauce Gochujang, for a pleasing, refreshing bite. This one is a little extra you can add on to your 5 or 7 course dinner. Continue reading “Heart of the Meta”

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Ole Ole Ole, Ola Ola!

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Hey Foodie Friends! Looking for some really sublime seafood done Spanish-Latin-American-style? This is THE place chefs love to go and you should too! This week, ur Makan Kaki Chef Bjorn Shen of Artichoke Restaurant recommends OLA Cocina Del Mar, a wonderful contemporary, open kitchen restaurant and bar that serves only the freshest and sustainably sourced seasonal produce. Helmed by Peruvian chef-owner Daniel Chavez, OLA has been making waves since it opened back in 2013.

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Tantalising Tonkatsu


He’s back! Chef Daniel Tay, who was last here in 2015 during Chinese New Year, returns with more goodies to share. His family bakery, Old Seng Choong, has a newly-opened store at Clarke Quay Central (Eu Tong Sen St), where you can try before you buy! Some of the yummy things on offer include Hae Bee Hiam Pineapple Tarts and cookies in a myriad of local flavours, ranging from Putu Mayam & Gula Melaka to Satay & Cereal Prawn. Take home some delicious Nian Gao, Red Date & Yam Cakes, all in time for Chinese New Year! But for his first recommendation in 3 years, Chef Daniel wants to share his favourite place for Japanese breaded pork dish, Tonkatsu.

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Gurmit Singh’s Favourite Char Kway Teow

15833fc1-6764-43e4-8858-926b7559ef05.jpg Hello Foodie Friends! This week, our new Makan Kakis is rumoured to be the best in Singapore and JB and some say Batam. He really needs no introduction, because he is Gurmit Singh! Or in this case, let’s call him Gourmet Singh! He joins Denise to co-host the Morning show on Gold 905 while Mike & Vern are on a 2-week break and as the host of Makan Places Lost & Found (watch out for a new season coming soon to Channel 5!), he sure has quite a few tasty gems to share with us, starting with his favourite place for Char Kway Teow…

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Halal Dim Sum, Vietnamese & Kueh!

Hello Makan Kakis! This week, we’re joined by two strong, talented women who also great cooks! We last met Oniatta Effendi when she was cooking on stage for Singapore International Festival of Arts and her legendary recommendation of Nasi Jenganan. This time, she’s back with Petrina Kow, whose voice you might recognise as a one-time DJ and voice actor for commercials, audio guides, online learning websites and animations. She’s now a voice and presentation coach with a new project to share – one that Oniatta is performing in! Call it an extension of Petrina’s wonderful monthly Telling Stories Live project, Walking in Beauty is an evening of women telling heart-warming, heart-breaking, real stories about how they relate to beauty. And of course when it comes to good cooks who tell great stories, MAKAN is never far away when they rehearse! Here are some of these foodie friends’ recommendations for a delicious good time…

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  • Click to hear Petrina & Oniatta recommend Halal Dim Sum, authentic Vietnamese food & special Kueh Dar Dar.

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Beautiful Brunches Begin at Fynn’s

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Hello Makan Kakis, as the weekend rolls round, time to start planning a laid back, luscious brunch in a beautiful setting! Here’s a casual modern Australian cafe that serves up excellent weekend brunches and is one of the favourites of our foodie friend, Fatfuku’s Annette Tan. This restaurant at Beach Road is, simply put, beautiful. Located along a nice little posh alley at South Beach, Fynn’s is run by talented local chef An, whose food Annette believes deserves lots of praise.

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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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Best of 2017 – Makan Kakis’ Top Ten List

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Gluttonous Greetings Everyone & Happy New Year!

2017 saw a whole host of new foodie friends joining our rolling panel of Makan Kakis and along with them came a stupendous slew of new & delicious food recommendations. So as we begin 2018, let’s take a look back at some of the most popular makan places that really caught your attention in 2017. Click on each for details & enjoy!

10. Another Best Contender for Bak Chor Mee?
9. Curry Rice that’s a CUT Above!
8. Firebaked Excellence
7. Geylang Hokkien Mee NOT in Geylang
6. Super Crispy Prata
5. Raw Egg Bak Chor Mee?!
4. Nuts about Pistachio Grill
3. Magnificent Mee Pok
2. Karried Away by Kway Chap
1. Die-Die-Must-Try Fishball & Herh Keow

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Thank you so much for your support of our tasty little segment on Gold 905 and for helping it grow bigger and better. If you like what you hear on air and what you see here on the blog, do share share share! Here’s to yet another year of yum – may your 2018 be overflowing with the best things to eat and drink – Season’s Eatings!

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