This week, our Makan Kaki is none other than MasterChef Australia 2012 finalist, MasterChef Asia Judge and current MasterChef Singapore judge, Audra Morrice. And in keeping with all the judges’ busy schedules, she’s sent me on a mission to takeaway her favourite Chwee Kueh in Singapore. Trying it for the first time, Audra assures me that I’ll be sold from the very first bite, because these folks at Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre do it so well. This is one queue Audra will join because it’s so worth it!
This week, our Makan Kaki is F&B consultant, Co-owner of Park Bench Deli & guest judge on Masterchef Singapore, Ming Tan. His favourite chicken rice is one that his family has followed for decades since he was a young boy, from one location to the next, until its current home at Holland Drive. This rice is what Chef Ming calls “WORLD CLASS”. It is a rice that haunts him and he craves when he’s away from Singapore. So much effort and thought has been put into the making of this rice, that it simply blows him away. This is Cantonese-style rice and it’s the fragrance & texture achieved through a judicious cooking process that gets him every time.
Masterchef Singapore Guest Judge & Executive Chef of Alma by Juan Amador, Chef Haikal Johari used to work in Bangkok full time – his returns to Singapore occurred once in a while and only for a couple of days, so the one thing he craved was always Nasi Lemak. In particular, the popular Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak at Adam Road would fill his mind on the plane all the way home. Those in the know will recognise this stall for its illustrious patrons, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and even the Sultan of Brunei! Also, you can’t miss Selera Rasa’s uniquely-named sets inspired by the card game of Poker, like the Royal Flush & Full House!
This week’s makan recommendation is the first of our Masterchef Singapore series, starting with Judge Bjorn Shen’s go-to place for Ham Chin Pang (咸煎饼 – literally, salty fried cake), or in this case, Hum Jin Pang, which is also the name of the stall found at Maxwell Food Market. The stall serves up two deep-fried varieties – savoury or sweet. In Bjorn’s words, this stall is “so gangster” that you have to cook your own food.