Monday, January 16, 2017

Makansutra, SM Megamall


Pretty much the only reason I'd head over to Megamall during Friday rush hour.



A few weeks ago, Makansutra invited me for lunch to try out their bestsellers as well as their newest dishes! KF Seetoh, the founder of Singapore's Makansutra himself was there, and boy oh boy, was it an event to remember!
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Makansutra
Makansutra houses twelve stalls offering over sixty dishes from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and more! Even though the stalls are from different countries, Makansutra hired Filipino cooks from charity homes and places like Payatas to assist the hawker chefs on their day to day operations.

The 500-seater food market gets pretty full even on weekdays, so best to arrive early and prepare to leave with a bigger tummy!
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We got to meet both KF Seetoh and one of his local partners, JJ Yulo, during the event. They gave us a bit of background on their dishes and explained their concept for opening Makansutra in the Philippines.
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Makansutra
Makansutra offers good food with good value for money. They just released lunch sets for only Php 199! That's really affordable, considering you don't have to fly out to get that authentic Singaporean hawker experience!!

Curry Meal (P199)
Nasi briyani with chicken curry and achara
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Gooba Hia Meal (P199)
braised beef topped with vegetables and a sunny side up
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Jin Si Meal (P199)
yam rice, duck, pork belly, pig skin, Szechuan vegetables smothered in duck gravy
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Oyster Omelette Meal (P199)
Hainanese rice topped with pan fried oyster omelette with dumpling soup
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Alhambra Meal (199)
6 pieces ko spices marinated chicken satay with doto ayam and jasmine rice
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Can I just say, their satay is the bomb digs! Legit kung legit!

They also offer kids meals on the menu; I wasn't able to get their names, but Makansutra made the meals colorful and easy to eat, just in case you can't decide on what to get your child when you visit.
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Since they have a lot of dishes, it can get really confusing and overwhelming, but as Seetoh said, "eat first, ask questions later." Don't be discouraged if you're not familiar with something - just try it. Who knows, you might just like it ;)
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At Makansutra, there's something for everyone. There's always something new to discover here so bring your friends, family, colleagues, date, and the whole barangay! They have function rooms for big groups! Hahaha!
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Aside from that, they actually have a huge platters that can feed as many as seven people (probably even more!)
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It's called the Makansutra Celebration Platter which contains Roti Prata, Fish Head Curry, Old Chun Kee Salted Egg Prawns and Prawn Paste Chicken, Indonesian Satay marinated in 18 special spices, Geyland Coffee Pork Ribs and Tofu Skin Wrapped Prawns, Bao Ji Xiang Paper-Wrapped Chicken and Hainanese Chicken, Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodles, Malaysian-famous Laksa Soup, Singaporean Oyster Omelette, Jin-Ji Kway Chap and Braised Duck, Gooba Hia Donburi served with steamed jasmine rice!
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They have platters good for smaller groups too, so don't be afraid to ask. These platters are great if you want to try out a bit of what each stall has to offer.
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During the event, I was able to try three different drinks - the Milo Dinosaur, Sugarcane Juice, and the Bandung.
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My favorite? The Bandung! It's a drink made up of rose cordial syrup and milk. It looks like a girly drink, but it's really not! I've never had anything like it before! You can't go to Makansutra and not order this! Even the guys liked it! It's SOOO GOOD, I swear!
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Get it from their Sips, Sweets, and Snacks stall!
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Everyone also enjoyed the Chicken Claypot Rice from Geyland Claypot Rice! It comes in three sizes so you can have it solo or for sharing. Mix it well to get all that flavor out!

Chicken Claypot Rice (P290 / P450 / P540)
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Makansutra
From Jin Ji Kway Chap and Braised Duck, we had the Combo Bento, a dish made up of various duck parts. The stall also offers whole duck for only Php 1550.

Combo Bento (P300)
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But if you were to ask me for my ultimate favorite? It will have to be the Nasi Lemak!

Nasi Lemak (P300)
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It comes with coconut rice, squid sambal, hard boiled egg sambal, ayam goreng, ikan bilis (dilis), peanuts, tomato sambal, fried tawilis, and sayur lodeh (light touch of curry with coconut cream vegetables)! Unfortunately for you, it will come out after Chinese New Year, so make sure to come back then to know what I'm talking about. ;)
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Once we were done eating, it was time for dessert! We watched the guys over at Curry Flurry create my favorite roti! Up until now, I can't decide which one I enjoyed the most - chocolate, banana, or cheese!
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They even sent us home with talk outs from all the stalls! Here's a quick look at some of them:

Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee 
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Roti Prata with Curry
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Chicken Rice
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Oyster Omelette and Cereal Prawns
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Chicken Claypot Rice
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Combo Bento
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Mee Xiam with Prawns
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Thank you, Makansutra, most especially to KF Seetoh, for the inspiring stories and filling my tummy with amazing dishes!! P.S. Huge thanks to Eater.PH for this photo!!

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Makansutra is located at 2/F Building A, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.
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