Makansutra Singapore Food Ebook 2021

Makko Teck Neo Nonya Café

35 Telok Blangah Rise #01-303 (Map) 10am – 9pm Daily

Mdm Shreen Peck or Makko Teck Neo is pushing 70 and still lords over this charming little cul-de-sac of a café in a quiet HDB neighbourhood. It’s adorned with black and white bamboo curtains and accents of Peranakan furnishing and decor, and they make no apologies telling you it's all about the food, not the place. The Dry Mee Siam comes with just a splash of the rich coconut base sauce to moisten it and it's very comforting, especially when topped with sambal prawns. Their Ayam Buah Keluak is bold, like a rendang sauce and it demands that it be devoured, smeared over the fluffy rice. The Kiam Chye Tng or salted mustard pork soup is gentle in that they soak a lot of the sodium out of the mustard before cooking it with the meat. Their nasi lemak is topped with the local favourite chicken wing and the usual nuts, ikan bilis, cucumber and chopped string bean omelette (a nice touch). We like their bubur cha cha as it was emboldened with gula Melaka or palm sugar, not the usual white sugar. They also sell a decent selection of Nonya cakes and sweets, and they offer catering services too. Just choose, enjoy and end your meal on a sweet.

Mary’s Kafe

20 Bendemeer Rd (Map) 9.45am – 3.30pm

Sat, Sun & PH

Mary Gomes’s is one of the last few Eurasian café eateries in Singapore. She is a cookbook publisher and there is a passion behind her craft. For starters, she helms the kitchen each day and whips it up like it is. Her cooking has a very "home-feel" about it, very comforting and not out to shout with any modern or fancy tricks. The iconic Eurasian signatures include Curry Devil or Debal, done with a rich rempah with soft vinegarish and mustard undertones. She makes the very-easy-to-like Pang Susie (spiced minced pork buns) fresh on site and it's a great little chat snack. Another popular item is her Beef Smore. Because of their love of good fare, her menu also includes a collection of the best of others, like Nonya beef rendang and curries.

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