My Makan Place – This Family-Run Eatery Serves Amazing Indonesian Food!
I’m no mee rebus expert but, in my opinion, My Makan Place serves up one of the best bowls of mee rebus I’ve ever had. The recipe is developed by chef & co-owner Sharon Koh, who is 50 years old this year. She might be Singaporean Chinese but don’t be mistaken, she’s no stranger to Indonesian cuisine!
Mrs Koh has been cooking up Indonesian food at various hawker centres for more than 20 years. She’s always loved the vibrant flavours of Indonesian food, so she took it upon herself to learn a few recipes from her Indonesian friend. Since then, she’s tweaked her recipes over the years to suit Singaporean palates.
Mrs Koh might be responsible for the food, but she isn’t the one running the show. Her 26-year-old son, Kiat Han, is an NUS graduate who had a promising career in engineering. However, he admired his mother’s work ethics in the kitchen as he was growing up. To carry on the family legacy, he decided, a year ago, to open My Makan Place with his mother! Unfortunately, I didn’t get the pleasure of meeting him as he was in reservist.
My Makan Place is renowned for its signature Indo Rebus (Classic: $3.90/ Premium: $5.90). The classic version contains egg and beancurd, while the premium version also includes fish fillet, fish skin, wanton and a seafood-ball! The premium version allows for an added ‘fusion’ touch — you can choose ramen, and even udon, to replace the usual yellow mee.
Call me old fashioned, but I decided to stick with the yellow mee for my Premium Indo Rebus. The thick and luscious gravy contains a variety of fresh ingredients which include shallots, garlic, lemongrass, turmeric, sweet potato, and their housemade chilli paste. I wasn’t quite prepared for the flavour explosion that followed. This dish is sublime. The gravy was incredibly aromatic, coating each strand of the starchy egg noodles with its sweetness and nuttiness. Each mouthful was better than the last. When it got a bit jelak, a squeeze of fresh lime juice really helped to add a refreshing acidic tang.
The ‘premium’ ingredients were well worth the extra $2. The fish skin was crispy and was very well-seasoned. On top of that, I got a perfectly-cooked fish fillet, a succulent and flavourful seafood-ball and even a fried wanton? What more could I ask for!
Just looking at the black chilli sauce made me perspire. It turns out that Mrs Koh developed this fiery concoction for the ‘Spiciest Mee Rebus Challenge’ that was held on 1st July 2018 (more details on their Facebook page). I mixed just a tiny bit of chilli sauce into my noodles and found that it added a brilliant spicy kick.
Mrs Koh insisted that the ramen version of their Premium Indo Rebus is extremely popular among youngsters, so I gave that a try as well. Honestly, I didn’t like it as much as the yellow noodle version. Even though the ramen had a pleasant springy bite, I still much prefer the starchiness of egg noodles in my mee rebus. It by no means ruined the dish, so do give it a try if you’re feeling adventurous!
The Beef Rendang Set ($8.90) comes with white rice, vegetables and a fried egg. The rendang is cooked for about three hours with lots of spices and grated coconut. The rendang was decent, but was definitely not as tantalising as the mee rebus. The rendang was sweet, spicy, and had a bit of crunch from the coconut. However, the beef was slightly chewy and dry.
The Indo Gado Gado ($4.90) is a classic Indonesian salad, even though it might not look like one. Smothered in peanut sauce, the dish features tempeh, cabbage, green bean, ketupat and egg. The peanut sauce wasn’t as rich and heavy as I thought it would be. The sauce had a robust nutty aroma and did not overpower the flavour of the fresh ingredients that were lying below.
I was surprised to see Thai Spring Rolls ($3.90) on My Makan Place’s menu. These hand-rolled spring rolls are fried to a mouth-watering golden brown. These crispy delights went so well with the sweet and tangy Thai chilli sauce which was served on the side. However, at close to $1 for each spring roll, I’m not sure I can recommend this dish.
It’s quite rare for a mother-son duo to be running an eatery like this in Tanjong Katong. Mrs Koh’s years of culinary experience definitely shows in My Makan Place’s food!
My Makan Place
Address: 283 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437066
Phone: 6440 0061
Area: Tanjong Katong
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm daily, closed on Wednesdays.
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