Makansutra Singapore Food Ebook 2021

Candlenut Restaurant

17A Dempsey Rd (Map) 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm

Malcolm is a celebrity chef of sorts. A one-minded millenial, quiet and very determined despite failures in his initial foray in the restaurant business. This is his “third incantation” of his restaurant that’s now set in the exclusive corner of the fine dine Dempsey Hill. All the Singapore style classics are there, from beef rendang, itek sio, bakwan kepiting, Nonya Chap Chye plus the original pork version Babi Buah Keluak, to his rendition of chendol and an absorbing and picture pretty buak keluak ice cream, something he created when Makansutra challenged him to do some years ago. He offers an “Ah Ma Kase” (as in omakase) in deference to the food of his grandmother, for lunch and dinner. He often has some stunners like kueh pie tee, ikan chuan chuan and wagyu beef rendang among many others in this menu. As he progresses, his ideas of Nonya food will evolve because he believes this cuisine is not static. He takes liberties with some creations from time to time and is unapologetic about it. He now shrugs off old fashioned Nonya foodies when they say “my mother’s version is more authentic”.

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