Toa Payoh Food Tour with Panasonic Singapore
Do you know, Toa Payoh is the first town designed and developed by the Housing & Development Board? As one of the oldest estates, Toa Payoh not only has a long history, but many good food too.
A few months ago, we organized an exciting food tour with Panasonic Singapore to savour some of the best dishes Toa Payoh has to offer. Each participant had the chance to use the new Panasonic cameras and upload photographs to their social media platforms using the hashtag #MTCpanasonic throughout the tour. These are the places that we visited.
1. Hougang Muah Chee
Following his father’s footsteps, Mr. Teo started making muah chee at a tender age of 14 and took over his father as a second-generation hawker. Mr. Teo has been in the business for about 60 years and in the past, he prepares all the raw ingredients by hand, from milling rice to flour, to roasting and grinding peanuts for the muah chee coating.
It’s interesting to see how everything is still made by hand. Mr. Teo strongly insists on manually proportioning each ball of muah chee, meticulously pinching each small globule and dabbing a dollop of shallot oil on them before tossing them in either grounded peanuts or black sesame. The peanut coating here is fragrant and gives a good crunch! It’s so addictive we couldn’t help popping one after another into our mouths.
Read about it here: https://www.misstamchiak.com/hougang-muah-chee/
Hougang Muah Chee
Address: #B1-21, 480 Toa Payoh HDB Hub, Toa Payoh Lorong 6, Gourmet Paradise Food Court, Singapore 310480
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 9.30pm daily.
2. AMK Curry Puff
Visiting Tip Top Curry Puff is one of my favourite childhood memories. They have entered a joint-venture with a big company and has been renamed Tip Top The Puff Factory. One of the minority shareholders started AMK Curry Puff in 2013 at Toa Payoh Central.
Everything here is prepared by hand. They still use a rolling pin to roll the buttery skin before cutting it into a round shape. Then, the skin is stacked into piles and placed on the table with pots of diced curry potato, hardboiled eggs and diced chicken, all waiting to be wrapped by hand just like how they were in the good old days.
The curry filling has a good mix of chicken, potato, spices and egg. They taste just like how I remembered them to be; like the original Tip Top curry puff. The puffs are fried in batches to ensure freshness. Read about it: https://www.misstamchiak.com/amk-curry-puff/
AMK Curry Puff
Address: Blk 184 Toa Payoh Central #01-372, Super 28 Coffeeshop, Singapore 310184
Phone: +65 9672 6621
Opening Hours: Daily 10am - 9pm
3. White Restaurant
The Original Sembawang White Bee Hoon is considered as one of our uniquely Singaporean dishes, much like Hainanese Chicken Rice and Chilli Crab. Originally prepared as a homely dish by Mr Tay, the dish today has developed into a well-loved dish by all, and they have opened a few outlets beside the main one in Sembawang.
The white bee hoon may look very plain, but trust me, the noodles are full of flavour! Squeeze some lime onto it, mix well, and enjoy! The rich and thick broth leaves you craving for more. They are generous with their ingredients as well. We have prawns, squid, eggs, and vegetables, which all soaked up the stock nicely.
The meat and seafood rolls are juicy and crunchy. I also like their sambal sweet potato leaves because the sambal is super shiok!
Address: 600@Toa Payoh Lor 4, #01-10, Singapore 319515
Phone: +65 6255 2002
Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 2.30pm, 5pm to 9.30pm
4. Rahmath Cheese Prata
Rahmath Cheese Prata is a hidden gem! They have received Makansutra’s five-chopsticks ‘Divine’ award and is a hot favourite amongst Toa Payoh residents. From the signboard, we know that cheese prata is their signature item but we prefer their plain and egg prata.
The owner learnt the art of prata-making from a friend many years back and opened his first shop in Ang Mo Kio, before moving here. Rahmath is the name of his grandfather. They make the prata fresh so you will always get it nice and hot. The kosong prata here is light, fluffy, and crispy. I was really impressed. The egg prata is another popular item here as well. It has got a fragrant buttery aroma and is eggy enough. Don’t forget to dip it in the curry.
Rahmath Cheese Prata
Address: 74 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310074
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun 6am to 4pm
5. Little Prince Cafe
We ended the food tour with a blast at Little Prince Cafe. Paying tribute to the classic Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, this cafe is filled with hand-painted drawings. There were more than 10 icecream flavours to choose from and we were spoilt for choice. We like the waffles which are crispy on the outside and fluffy inside.
The earl grey latte has a pleasant floral note. Other flavours include Noir (dark chocolate), rum and raisins, pistachio, hazelnut, mango kiss etc.
Little Prince Cafe
Address: 47 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, Block 47, Singapore 310047
Opening Hours: Wed to Mon 12pm – 10pm, closed on Tuesdays
The participants had a great time and I enjoyed myself very much as well. Not only did we get to try many dishes in Toa Payoh, we also had a chance to play with different Panasonic cameras. Thank you Panasonic Singapore for the opportunity. Till next time!
Photos taken with Panasonic GH4