The Asian Makanstall – Yummy-Yummy, Good For Money Delights!
The combination of selling Nasi Briyani and Fuzhou Oyster Cake is uncanny. However, those dishes are exactly what Uncle Bobby sells at his stall, The Asian Makanstall, at Chinatown Complex!
Chinatown Complex is home to over a hundred different hawkers, and The Asian Makanstall is tucked away in a little corner of the maze. Just follow the green pillars, and you’ll reach there easily!
Opened in March 2018, The Asian Makanstall is run solely by Uncle Bobby. On why he only has two items in his menu, the 65-year-old shared that these two items are things that he can cook fairly well, and received good response when he makes them for friends and family.
Uncle Bobby has been working in the food and beverage industry since he was 50, after he lost his full time job as a quality control officer. He had stints in many restaurant chains, such as Subway, Burger King and even Ya Kun Kaya Toast! He then decided to venture out on his own, and started The Asian Makanstall.
Fuzhou Oyster Cake isn’t a common item you’ll find in Singapore, and not many hawkers are willing to recreate this old school delicacy. However, uncle Bobby learnt how to make this addictive snack from his friend, and currently sells it at his stall.
Retailing at $3 per piece, these golden brown UFO discs are stuffed with large, plump oysters, minced meat and coriander. You may think that it is quite expensive for a snack, but the process of making the oyster cake is a highly laborious one. Each cake is made using a special mould, which gives the oyster cake its signature UFO shape. Uncle Bobby has a limited number of moulds, so he can only make 2 oyster cakes at one go. However, he shared that he cooks the oyster cakes in batches, and leaves them in a warmer to ensure that customers don’t have to wait too long to get their hands on a piece.
These golden discs are so delicious! The crispy batter encapsulates the fragrant and tasty filling, which is really quite addictive. I’m not a big fan of coriander, but in this case, the fragrance of the herb complements the savouriness of the oysters and minced meat. It’s such a delightful snack!
Uncle Bobby shared with us that if diners like to purchase the oyster cakes and have them at a later timing, they can just wrap the cakes in aluminium foil, pop them in the microwave oven, to get the exact same texture as freshly fried oyster cakes. How convenient!
The plate of nasi briyani may look unassuming, but it is indeed delicious. Each grain of basmati rice is well separated, and the rice has a collective fragrance of Indian herbs and spices, without being too overpowering.
However, what we loved the most was the chicken. Uncle Bobby shared that he marinates the chicken overnight, to ensure that the flavours can fully permeate into the meat. And he’s right, for the meat is very flavourful down to the bone. What’s more, Uncle Bobby is currently having a promotion! Each plate of nasi briyani is sold at only $3.50! I don’t think you’ll be able to find such a steal anywhere in Singapore.
Although there are only two items on the menu, uncle Bobby has indeed carved out a niche in this area. He shares with us that he wants to offer ‘yummy-yummy, good for money’ dishes to diners, and hopes that they would enjoy what he offers. We know we did because our tummies were definitely satisfied when we left the stall!
The Asian Makanstall
Address: #02-81 Chinatown Complex, Blk 335 Smith Street. Singapore 050335
Mobile: 9100 1799
Opening Hours: 11am, till sold out. Days off are not stipulated, call to check.
MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.