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[Singapore] Biryani Dum from Ali Nachia, Tanjung Pagar Plaza

I miss the atmosphere of the old Tanjung Pagar railway station. I hear the beautiful art-deco building is being left to rot at the moment. What a shame.

[Singapore] Mod-Asian at May May, Tras Street

I like Brasserie Gavroche very much. Very meticulous cooking. I am less than impressed with May May though. I find their cooking style neither here nor there. Most of the dishes also turned out to have contrasting flavours which do not gel together, for example the momotaro tomato which I think will taste good with just a drizzle of balsamic vinegar instead of pesto.

Their drink list is quite nice.

[Singapore] Thai dinner at Bangkok Jam, Great World City

My favourite is still Thanying at Amara Hotel. And I would also go for their buffet dessert all the time.

[Singapore] Hawker fare at Singapore Food Street, Changi Airport - Terminal 3

There was some controversy early when Singapore Food Street first opened about some of the stalls there using names of famous hawkers without their consent, creating the impression among customers that they were branches of famous hawkers. I think that sullied the reputation of Changi Airport quite a bit. Moral of the story: don't try to be what you're not. It can be painfully embarrassing when people find out.

One night in London - Dinner recommendations?


Jan 29, 2015
makanputra in U.K./Ireland

Lahore, Pakistan - Best Beef Nihari Ever at Muhammadi Nehari, Mozang Chungi

Quick question, klyeoh -- any difference in the cuisine of Lahore vs Islamabad?

Dec 18, 2014
makanputra in India & South Asia

Chennai, India - Dindigul Biriyani from Thalappakatti

I was thinking I saw one of these in Singapore but it turned out to be Thalappakattu on Syed Alwi Rd. I guess we have to mind our Thalappakattis and Thalappakattus :)

Nov 05, 2014
makanputra in India & South Asia

Singapore - wet market with hawker centre attached or adjacent?

Farrer Road market near where I stay has a good wet market and food centre attached.

Penang - "Sup Torpedo" aka Bull's Penis Soup from Sup Hameed

Eeew :(

What's better in Singapore vs Penang?

Can you bring edibles or food items into the US? If so, I think Prima Taste's range of sauce mixes are the best:-

Singapore - Nyonya food at Tanjong Katong Village Food Court

THis is the same food court that has Tau Kwa Pau.

Singapore - Chin Mee Chin Confectionery in Katong

I like the half-boiled eggs served with toast and Hainan coffee.

What's better in Singapore vs Penang?

I like the Penang buffet at Princess Terrace here in Singapore, Copthorne Kings Hotel. I can get all the Penang food I want here without going to Penang. The chefs are from Penang, I hear.

Singapore - Farm to Table Café at The Duxton

Sure looks different from what I remember of L'aigle d'Or!

Singapore - Joel Robuchon Restaurant, Sentosa

I'm not surprised the restaurant is losing money, we Singaporeans have moved away from theatrical, overpriced places in the past couple of years. Robuchon, Iggys, Les Amis or Andres have always depended more on foreign visitors or expats with corporate expense accounts, than Singaporeans who're celebrating a special occasion, etc.

Report on 3 days in SIN by a San Francisco hound

River Valley Nasi Padang's landlord is tripling the rent: scandalous! How sad that we are losing another one of our food legends.

Commonly mispronounced foods

I'm not sure where you're coming from. I'm Cantonese and we say "tim sum". In fact, it used to be spelled "tim sum" until the influence of China's hanyu pinyu got in the way and "dim sum" became the common spelling. Of course, we still pronounce "dim" as "tim", just as we also pronounce char-siu "bao" as char-siu "pao". To solve that, just look at the Chinese characters 點心, where it's "t" rather than "d".

As a matter of interest, do you say char-siu bao or char-siu pao?

Jan 22, 2014
makanputra in Food Media & News

David Thompson coming to Singapore

Singaporeans can look forward to David Thompson's new restaurant in June this year. He is taking over the space at MBS from Guy Savoy who will be closing on 3 Feb

Help from my dear singapore fellow-hounds please!

Try Immigrants at Joo Chiat Road

Chowfind: An authentic tasting 'Instant' Singapore Laksa Noodle La Mien good enough for Chowhounders!

I'm glad that you Canadians have finally discovered one of our Singapore food treasures. I think this product was first mentioned by Singaporean Chowhound, klyeoh, in his "Katong Laksa Wars" posting in March 2012 :-

Kampar, Malaysia - Chicken-curry-in-a-bun from Yau Kee

This one in Singapore is better!

Boon Lay Metro Station

Jurong Point mall is next to Boon Lay MRT station: there are enough eateries there (burger joints, patisseries, bakeries, Chinese, French, Indian, Japanese, Malaysian, Korean, Italian, Indonesian ) to feed your husband for a year :D

He can buy virtually any grocery items from the supermarkets there as well. There's a Fairprice Xtra supermarket in Jurong Point:

2.5 days in Singapore+1 day in Hong Kong, where to eat?

No diff in taste. I think that auntie has mastered the recipe well.

2.5 days in Singapore+1 day in Hong Kong, where to eat?

That Heng Kee curry mee in Hong Lim. I don't know why the late owner's son always claim to want to take over from his late father. I never see him but there is one old auntie who helped his late father.
Last week I went down there and this old auntie was cooking and serving at the stall all by herself. I never ever see the son also! I think he only takes the credit from someone else's labour.

Singapore targets Hongkongers with new food guide

Wah lau, greasy goodness!

Best Hainanese chicken rice in Singapore - your choice?

I always hear people say Tian Tian at Maxwell market. My favourite is Nam Kee in Thomson Road which I think is better. Interested to hear what's yours.

Singapore - "The Other" Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa

I've always chosen to eat at Chiew Kee owned by the younger brother. Chew Kee is owned by the older sister. I think Chiew Kee's dish is tastier, especially the soysauce chicken which is sweeter.

Singapore - South Indian vegetarian at Komala Vilas

My two favourite Indian restaurants in Singapore are Komala Vilas and Tandoor at Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre (

Penang - Hainanese-style coffee and kaya toast at Toh Soon Cafe

Amazing. Pity that we don't have places like this in Singapore anymore. That traditional way of toasting bread so close the the backstreet surface will never pass our Ministry of Health's hygiene guidelines. LOL!

Singapore - Fabulous Kachchi Biryani and Bengali cuisine at Fakruddin, Desker Road

My two-cents' worth, the three dishes you shouldn't miss in Singapore are:-

1) Katong laksa. The best one is at Roxy Square which is from the original Janggut laksa.

2) Chili crab. The last time I had one was at Dempsey Hill's Long Beach. It's more expensive than the one at UDMC East Coast but is more centrally located.

3) Hainanese chicken rice. There are many places in Singapore which serves great chicken rice. The most famous one is ironically in Chatterbox, Mandarin Hotel Orchard. It's expensive compared to other places in Orchard Rd. You can also get good chicken rice from the food court at Centrepoint shopping centre, ION Orchard's Food Opera, and Wisma Atria's Food Republic.