Making Hyderabadi Kacchi Lamb Biryani


Biryani, Biriyani, Beriani, Buriani; there are many names, styles and variations to this amazing one-pot Sunday dinner that it’s meaningless to talk about authenticity. But I do love them all.

As such, in my quest to learn how to cook what I like to eat, this took me about a month to tweak and to talk to many people who’ve added much to my understanding of this epic dish. Many thanks go to David Yip for the suggestion of the Cartouche and to Thanaletchumy for her tips and tricks. She’s a fantastic home-cook who does an epic Teh Alia.

Any mistakes found here however, are all my fault.

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Posted on 1st Nov 2013 in Indian, Recipes, Singapore  |  4 comments

Nasi Ulam at Chendol Melaka on Jalan Tua Kong, off Upper East Coast Road


It is said that Peranakan cuisine is designed as a system of control by the matriarchs: the food is as delicious as it is tedious to prepare. The former is a trump card to manage errant husbands and the latter to keep daughter-in-laws busy under an iron fist. This power play also gives rise to a very discerning palate.

Katong is well-known, among other things, for its concentration of Peranakan, but where do the Peranakan ladies gather for lunch?

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Posted on 25th Oct 2013 in Food and Drink, Peranakan, Singapore  |  Comments off

Restaurant Home at The Rail Mall, Bukit Timah


It’s the holidays and Jeff was in town. He quickly organized a dinner at Restaurant Home because he read about it in the papers and wanted to give it a try.

For those who’ve lost track of Executive Chef Tan Yong Hua, he was last in Joo Chiat’s Chudao (which has since moved to Rivervale Walk, Sengkang). He’s supposed to be a celebrity chef but we didn’t hold that against him. 🙂

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Posted on 16th Oct 2013 in Cantonese, Food and Drink, Makankaki  |  Comments off

Diamond Kitchen in Laguna Park, Marine Parade Road

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I must confess that when I saw photos of Andrew’s lunch at Diamond Kitchen about 2-3 weeks back, I was salivating. That man sure can take good photos of a pork rib.

Being veteran makankaki, we are ever ready to spring into action at the sound of a SMS delivery.

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Posted on 27th Sep 2013 in Cantonese, Food and Drink, Makankaki, Singapore, Tze Char  |  3 comments

Spending money

Duck Confit Salad with Alba Truffle Shavings

It is inevitable, such is the court of public opinion, that words like “madness”, “obscene” and even “show-off” are used when we hear of someone spending $300 or more per person for a meal. Some would denigrate this as an arrogant gesture by the rich or even get worked up and angry for one reason or another.

I would recommend that they get angry over something else that really matters instead of at the way people who are lucky to have surplus disposable income spend their money. These people are paying for a memory, a superlative experience.

That experience may not be the same as what you seek but they suit others just fine. I have yet to hear someone sneer at a F1 fan for spending more than $1000 for a pit grandstand seat. Going to an expensive restaurant is no different.


Posted on 17th Sep 2013 in Food and Drink, Musings  |  2 comments

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