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Fa Ji Minced Meat Fishball Noodle. Kovan People's Favourite Bak Chor Mee 发记肉脞鱼圆面


Whenever I stalk Kovan 209 Market & Food Centre, there's always a queue at Fa Ji Minced Meat Fishball Noodle. So, I joined the locals to find out what draws them to Fa Ji. It's 
soft al dente noodles enveloped in robust, old school savoury, spicy, lardy, tangy slick. No gimmicks, it builds a loyal following with comforting, familiar pleasure, yeah...., like an old habit or affordable addiction.

Stall name: Fa Ji Minced Meat Fishball Noodle 发记肉脞鱼圆面

Address: 209 Hougang Street 21, stall #01-05, Singapore 530209 (Kovan 209 Market & Food Centre)

Nearest MRT: At the doorstep of Kovan station

Hours: 7:30am - 7:00pm (Weds off)

Sejarah Melayu Summary 📗 10 Minute Introduction to the Malay Annals

The Sejarah Melayu or Malay Annals is a treasure trove of insights on medieval Malay history. It is a genealogy of Malay kings written in the 1500s. Its coverage range from Alexander the Great's invasion of India (327 BC) to the founding of Singapura (1299), the birth of Malacca sultanate (1400) till its fall to the Portuguese in 1511. 

*I am studying the Sejarah Melayu for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine. Follow-on articles will highlight food references embedded in the Malay Annals.

Second Portuguese Invasion & End of Malacca Sultanate 1511 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 30

Youtube screengrab from video Fall of Malacca

Chapter 30 is the final chapter of Sejarah Melayu while ended with the fall of Malacca to the Portuguese in 1511.

When the Portuguese returned in 1511, Malacca had a new king, Sultan Ahmad Shah (reign 1511 - 1513) and also a new bandahara (prime minister), datuk Paduca Tuan.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Portuguese Arrives in Malacca 1509 📗 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 29

Youtube screengrab from Fall of Malacca
Malacca was a thriving, prosperous kingdom when the Portuguese arrived in 1509. The Portuguese were well received by the locals who had never seen Europeans before. They called them "white Bengalis". 

In the Sejarah Melayu account, the Malaccans received the Portuguese kindly. The Malacca bandahara Sri Maha Raja even adopted the Portuguese captain as his son.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Sultan Mahmud Shah of Malacca Murders his Brother Raja Zenel 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 28

Youtube screengrab from 1961 movie Puteri Gunung Ledang

Sultan Mahmud Shah of Malacca (reign 1488 - 1511) had a younger brother Raja Zenel. The younger prince was extremely handsome and well loved by the public. Everywhere he went, he attracted crowds of admirers like a modern day celebrity. This made Sultan Mahmud Shah so jealous that he decided to murder his brother.

The jealous king entrusted the task to the palace gatekeeper with the promise of reward and favour. The assassin stabbed king's younger brother to death in his sleep. Sultan Mahmud Shah then promoted the palace gatekeeper to the rank of Sang Sura (a warrior).

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Sultan Mahmud Shah Humiliates Sultan Abdal Jamil of Pahang 📗 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 27

The Pahang Sultanate and Malacca Sultanate were from the same family, so there was naturally some sibling rivalry. The Pahang Sultanate was established for the exiled Sultan Muhammad Shah who was the crown prince of Malacca but lost favour as he killed the Malacca bandahara's son (over a ball game). When Sultan Muhammad Shah of Pahang died, he was succeed by his son 
Sultan Abdal Jamil. Chapter 27 of the Malay Annals records two incidents which the sultan of Malacca grievously humiliated Sultan Abdal Jamil, causing his resignation / early retirement.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Kingdom of Indragiri & Hang Nadim's Mission to India to Purchase Chintz 📗 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 26

Youtube screengrab from 1959 movie Hang Tuah

Chapter 26 of Malay Annals contains accounts of the kingdom of Indragiri in Sumatra which was a vassal state of Malacca, and Hang Nadim's eventful mission to India to procure chintz (printed cloth).

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

7 Conditions of Puteri Gunung Ledang for Sultan Mahmud Shah ⛰ Sejarah Melayu Chapter 25

Youtube still from 1961 movie Puteri Gunung Ledang

Chapter 25 of the Malay Annals relates the legend of Puteri Gunung Ledang (today's Mount Ophir in Johor). Sultan Mahmud Shah having heard about the princess' beauty, wished to marry her. Tun Mamed, the Sang Satia and laksamana Hang Tuah volunteered to be the sultan's emissaries to the princess. After much hardship in getting to the "mount from faraway" with many fantastic mystical encounters along the way, the princess' emissary conveyed seven impossible conditions for the king.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Sultan Mahmud Shah During Malacca's Heyday 📗 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 24

Youtube screengrab from movie Puteri Gunung Ledang

Chapter 24 of the Malay Annals is a long, wide ranging chapter chronicling episodes from the life of Sultan Mahmud Shah who ruled the Malacca Sultanate from 1488 till it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Sultan Mahmud Shah's reign was an eventful one from ruling Malacca during its heyday to fighting the Portuguese to recover his lost kingdom till his death in 1528.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Hokkien Man Hokkien Mee Plus a Pro-tip to Instantly Boost its Umami Quotient 🦐


Buddy dropped by and dropped off Hokkien mee from Toa Payoh's Hokkien Man.

* First of all, a disclaimer: Those little dried shrimps sprinkled on top are not part of Hokkien Man's Hokkien mee. It's buddy's own way of eating this dish 🤦 But, it's a good idea worth trying as I shall explain 😂

Stall name: Hokkien Man Hokkien Mee

Address: 19 Lor 7 Toa Payoh, Block 19, Singapore 310019

Tel: 8798 1525

Hours: 10:00am - 2:00pm (Weds off)

Sultan Muhammed Shah of Pahang Murdered Tun Talanai of Terengganu 📗 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 23

Chapter 23 of the Malay Annals contains the account of the murder of Tun Talani of Terengganu by Sultan Muhammed Shah of the Pahang sultanate.

Sultan Muhammed Shah and Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah were brothers. Muhammed Shah was first in line to succeed their father Sultan Mansur Shah but was banished to Pahang after he killed the Malacca prime minister's son over a minor sepak raga (rattan ball game) dispute. 

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Kingdom of Aru - Malacca Sultanate War 📗 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 22

The kingdom of Aru (1225 - 1613) was located between the kingdom of Pasai and Malacca sultanate with Pasai to its north and Malacca across the straits to its south. During its heyday in the 15th century, Aru rivalled Pasai and Malacca in trade, seapower and influence. Chapter 22 of the Malay Annals contains the account of the war between Aru and Pasai which ended inconclusively as the neighbouring kingdoms were evenly matched. Aru attacked Malacca which was allied with Pasai during the reign of Alauddin Riayat Shah (1477 - 1488). This attack was repulsed by Malacca and ended in a truce.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Law & Order in Malacca Sultanate 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 21

The royals of Malacca sultanate took law and order in their kingdom very seriously. Prince Radin Galang, the favourite son of Sultan Mansur Shah was killed during one of his patrols, personally confronting a man who ran amok. Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah who succeed Sultan Mansur Shah as the seventh sultan of Malacca continued the tradition, personally patrolling his realm and apprehending looters. The punishment for crimes was severe, e.g. chopping off a hand for stealing. 

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Samudra Pasai - Malacca War 📗 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 20

The Samudera Pasai sultanate and Malacca sultanate fought a short war. Sultan of Samudera Pasai Zainal Abidin III (reign 1468 - 1474) was usurped by his younger brother. 

Sultan Zainal Abidin III fled to Malacca, where he was warmly received by Sultan Mansur Shah (1459 - 1477).

Sultan Mansur Shah even sent his army to Samudera Pasai where they defeated the usurper's army and reinstated Sultan Zainal Abidin III. Unfortunately, Sultan Zainal Abidin III was unappreciative - he declined to thank Sultan Mansur Shah.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Nasi Lemak by International Muslim Food Stall #01-03 is One of the Best @ Changi Village


In my previous life, I used to eat at Changi Village Hawker Centre regularly (since the 1980s). Like many, the famous nasi lemak stalls here were my favourites. But, I have forgotten which of the famous ones here was my top favourite. I only remember International Muslim Food, more famously known as International Nasi Lemak, as the name is easy to recall.

Stall name: International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak

Address: 2 Changi Village Road, #01-03, Singapore 500002 (Changi Village Hawker Centre)

Tel: 8400 6882

Hours: 7:00am - 2:00pm | 6:00pm - 12:00 midnight (Sun & Mon off)

Lost Kingdom of Champa (192 - 1832) in Mee Champa · Halal Pho · Sejarah Melayu Chapter 19

Eighth century Cham temple dedicated to Lord Shiva

Chapter 19 of the Malay Annals contains the genealogy of the kingdom of Champa which existed for 1,640 years (from 192 - 1832) in today's central and part of southern Vietnam. The Malay Annals also recorded the diaspora of Cham royalty following Champa's defeat by the Vietnamese in the 1400s (during the heyday of the Malacca sultanate).

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Sultan Mansur Shah's Role in the Spread of Islam in the Malay World 📗 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 18

The Holy Koran
Sultan Mansur Shah's reign (1456 - 1477) was the golden age of the Malacca sultanate and he played a pivotal role in the spread of Islam in the Malay peninsular and archipelagoSultan Mansur Shah took a deep personal interest in Islam, especially the teachings and practice of Tasawwuf (Sufism). He was well known for encouraging and supporting scholarship in Islamic theology.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Dinosaur Beef Rib for Father's Day from Decker Barbecue 🍖 Giant Ribs Always Makes Me Happy


For Father's Day, I was gifted the signature Dinosaur Beef Rib by Decker Barbecue 🍖 The huge rib is available only on Saturday and Sunday, and this year's Father's Day fell nicely on a Sunday.

Restaurant name: Decker Barbecue

Address: 60 Robertson Quay, #01-17, Singapore 238252

Tel: 6635 8565

Hours: 12:00 noon - 4:00pm | 5:00pm - 10:30pm (Mon off, lunch for Sat & Sun only)

Fruitless Rampage of Samaloco, Prince of Maluku 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 17

Maluku warriors
Chapter 17 of Sejarah Melayu tells of the story of prince Samaloco of Macasar (modern day Maluku in Indonesia). He fell in love with his stepmother and was encouraged by his father, the king to look for a wife abroad. Samaloco rampaged through the region from Java through Sumatra (Pasai) to Siam bringing him head to head with Malacca. He was repelled by Sultan Mansur Shah's admiral.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

History & Where to Buy Betel Nut & Paan in Singapore 槟榔

Gloria Lai posed the question on Facebook, "Name a dish that was once eaten in the 60s and 70s but has disappeared in the last generation or two". It attracted over 1,200 replies e.g. ice ball, malt candy, pickled papaya, etc. Then, I remembered something which was pervasive up to the 1970s and then more or less completely disappeared in Singapore and Malaysia - betel nut (known in Hindi as paan).

Duel with Hang Tuah & Death of Hang Casturi 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 16

Hang Tuah. Youtube screengrab from 1955 movie Hang Tuah

During the reign of Sultan Mansur Shah (1459 to 1477) of Malacca, there were five famous warriors who were like brothers - Hang Tuah, Hang Kasturi, Hang Jebat, Hang Lekir, and Hang Lekiu. Chapter 16 contains the story of the duel of Hang Tuah and Hang Kasturi which ended in the death of the latter.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Fen Xiang Char Kway Teow @ Eunos Crescent Hawker Centre 芬香炒果条


For a month now, we are a dabao (takeaway food) nation. Someone asked, what hawker food tastes better dabao-ed as most cooked food don't travel very well.

Truth be told, I always felt that Singapore's beloved char kway teow tastes better wrapped in paper and eaten at home. Today's dabao is Fen Xiang Char Kway Teow 芬香炒果条 from Eunos Crescent Hawker Centre.

Stall name: Fen Xiang Fried Kway Teow 芬香

Address: 4A Eunos Crescent, stall #01-24, Singapore 402004 (Eunos Crescent Market & Food Centre @ Eunos MRT station)

Hours: 8:00am - 12:00 noon (Mon off)

Sultan Mansur Shah of Malacca Marries Princess Hong Li-po 📖 Sejarah Melayu 15

Sejarah Melayu chapter 15 records the setting up of ties between the Malacca sultanate and Ming dynasty of China. To seal the relationship, the emperor of China sent princess Hong Li-po to marry Sultan Mansur Shan (reign 1459 - 1477) of Malacca.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

History of Kang Kong from Sejarah Melayu 📗 Malacca Envoy Introduces Kang Kung to Emperor of China 马来风光


I think it is safe to say that almost everyone in Singapore and Malaysia have eaten kang kung in one form or another. The humble vegetable is used in many dishes in Singapore and Malaysia, as a garnish or the main ingredient itself. There's a curious story about the Malacca ambassador, the emperor of China and kangkung in the Sejarah Melayu or Malay Annals.

Sultan Mansur Shah Marries Princess Radin Galah Chandra Kirana of Majapahit 📘 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 14

Chapter 14 of the Sejarah Melayu records the accord of Malacca sultanate and Majapahit empire established by marriage of Sultan Mansur Shah and princess of Majapahit, Radin Galah Chandra Kirana.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Sultan Mudhafer Shah & Sultan Mansur Shah 📖 War & Peace with Siam 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 13

Chapter 13 of the Sejarah Melayu relates the triumph of Sultan Mudhafer Shah and Sultan Mansur Shah over invasions by Siamese as well as their eventual peace accord. The chapter also contains accounts on Malacca's conquest of Pahang.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Surprising History of Chili in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia Cuisine 🌶

In Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, we eat chili pepper in our food since we are toddlers. We even eat raw chili pepper as a condiment. For many of us, we can't eat or live well without that addictive hot spicy kick. (That's my daughter enjoying spicy mee pok tah, by the way 🌶 😄 )

Sultan Mudhafer Shah 🐟 Fisherman King of Malacca 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 12

Chapter 12 of the Sejarah Melayu is an account of the short reign of Abu Syahid Shah (1444 - 1446), his murder and succession by Muzaffar Shah (1446 - 1459).

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

History of Kunyit · Turmeric in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia Cuisine. The Golden Spice

Kunyit or turmeric is an essential ingredient in many Malay and Indonesian dishes. It is used in nasi kunyit, rendang, curries, etc. Turmeric is one of the ingredients that gave many Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesian dishes that beautiful golden yellow hue.

Encik Enam Indonesian @ 285 Changi Road 🦀 Classic Tauhu Telur & Power Seafood Shellout


Today, a friend sent me lunch from a just opened nasi padang stall, Encik Enam at 285 Changi Road. Yeah, Encik Enam has the audacity to open smack in the middle of a COVID "lockdown", so it piqued my interest. We had a few dishes and were particularly smittened by their rendition of tauhu telur and spicy "seafood shovel". 

Restaurant name: Encik Enam

Address: 285 Changi Road, Singapore 419764

Tel: 8028 5069 (call to arrange deliver or dabao i.e. self collect) 

Hours: 11:00am - 2:00pm | 4:00pm - 6:00pm 🤔 (I have never been to the stall.)

Founding of Malacca Sultanate, its Institutions & Protocol 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 11

Chapter 11 of the Sejarah Melayu tells the story of the founding of the Malacca Sultanate by Raja Secander Shah following his escape from Singapura. The long chapter then goes into substantial detail on the institutions and protocol of Malacca court life.

Swordfish Attack · Legend of Bukit Merah & Fall of Singapura to Majapahit 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 10

Chapter 10 is one of the better known chapters in the Sejarah Melayu as it contains the famous legend of the swordfish attack on Singapura, and the sack of Singapura by the Javanese Majapahit empire in 1398.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Buko Nero Artisanal Italian Favourites @ 126, Tanjong Pagar · Takeaway / Delivery Lunch · Food Review


Today's dabao lunch from Buko Nero, a small but well loved Italian restaurant at Tanjong Pagar Road.

Restaurant name: Buko Nero

Address: 126 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088534

Tel: 9388 3427

Hours: 12:00 noon - 2:30pm | 6:30pm - 11:00pm (Sun & Mon off; Tues & Weds dinner only)

Death of Malec al Mansur & Malec al Zaher of Samudera Pasai 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 9

The kingdom of Samudera Pasai was a union of the kingdom of Samudera and kingdom of Pasai. The sultan of Pasai was 
Sultan Malec al Zaher. This younger brother Sultan Malec al Mansur was king of Samudera. Chapter 9 of Sejarah Melayu is an account of their strained relationship and deaths.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Mala Xiang Guo Rice Dumpling Bak Chang by traditionalbakes_nicoletan


Yeah, I know it is a bit late to share this as rice dumpling / dragon boat festival is this coming Monday (14 Jun 2021), but this Mala Xiang Guo flavour rice dumpling is so unique, some of you might still want to make a dash for it.

Pastaria Abate Pizza Delivery 🍕 House Made Sourdough, Fresh Ingredients, Freshly Baked 🍕 Dabao ☎ 8201 5155


Today's lunch was pizzas from Pastaria Abate Italian Restaurant. One Capricciosa Pizza and one Garlic Prawn Pizza 🍕

We have a group of buddies who are regulars at Pastaria Abate and sister restaurant Puteca Abate Deli & Bistro as we are very fond of the food and passionate folks at these places.

Name: Pastaria Abate Italian

Address: 86 Neil Road, Singapore 088846

Tel: 6906 0672 ☎ 8201 5155

Hours: 11:30am - 11:30pm

Kidnap & Rescue of Sultan Malec al Zaher of Pasai 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 8

Chapter 8 of the Sejarah Melayu is dedicated to the account of Sultan Malec al Zaher, second king of Pasai's audacious kidnapping by warriors from 
Shaher al Nawi and his peaceful rescue by Sidi Ali Gheyas ed-din. (This saga is not mentioned in English language sources except in John Leyden's translation of the Sejarah Melayu.)

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Vegetarian-Vegan Rice Dumpling & All Kinds of Chang with Giant Pandan Leaf by traditionalbakes_nicoletan


Today, I received Kaolak Chang and 
Fine Multigrain Dumpling by traditionalbakes_nicoletan, thanks to buddy Brenda. Brenda knows I am a little more health conscious about what I eat nowadays but still doesn't want to compromise on tradition, flavours and enjoyment.

Founding Samudera Pasai Kingdom & Arrival of Islam in Malay World 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 7

Chapter 7 of the Malay Annals is about the founding of the Samudra Pasai Kingdom in north Sumatra and the arrival of Islam in the Malay archipelago. The Samudra Pasai Kingdom existed from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century i.e. contemporaries with the kingdom of Singapura and Malacca sultanate.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Artichoke · So Singapore, Inauthentic Middle Eastern Restaurant · Non Halal


Today's dabao dinner was from Artichoke - inauthentic Middle Eastern food that is so soul Singapore. Heard a lot about Artichoke - I mean, I know people who swear by it and others who are not as enthusiastic. After tasting the dabao Meal for 2 today, I belong to the love it group.

Rather than inauthentic, I'll called it Middle Eastern inspired 😄

Restaurant name: Artichoke 

Address: 161 Middle Road, Singapore 188978

Tel: 6336 6949

Hours: 11:30am - 2:30pm | 5:00pm - 9:30pm (Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri lunch only | Mon off)

Non Halal

Legend of Badang & The Singapore Stone 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 6

The third king of Singapura, Sri Rana Vicrama ruled from 1362 to 1375. 
Sri Rana Vicrama's 13 year rule was peaceful. Chapter 6 of the Malay Annals was mainly devoted to the legend of Badang, the amazing "Hercules" of Singapura.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Sri Wikrama Wira & First Singapura - Majapahit War 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 5

Majapahit warrior
Sang Nila Utama, son of Sang Sapurba, descendent of Raja Suran and Alexander the Great died in 1347. He was succeed by his son Sri Wikrama Wira. The kingdom of Singapura prospered by hosting traders from Indonesia, India, Arabia and China.

Raja Sri Wikrama Wira soon faced his first major crisis in 1350 from the mighty Majapahit empire of Java (in today's Indonesia). 

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Organisation Structure of Kingdom of Singapura 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 4

Paduca Sri Vicrama Vira, eldest son of Sang Nila Utama (descendent of Alexander the Great, Raja Suran & son of Raja Sang Sapurba) married Nila Panchadi, daughter of raja of Bija Nagara, Adi Bernilam Raja Mudeliar (descendent of Alexander the Great & Raja Suran).

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Sang Nila Utama Sri Tri-buana & Founder of Singapura 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 3

Chapter 3 is one of the best known of the Malay Annals' 30 chapters as it contains the account of Sang Nila Utama's founding of the kingdom of Singapura on Temasek island in 1299.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Sang Sapurba & Damang Lebar Daun, Father & Grandfather of Sang Nila Utama 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 2

Bukit Siguntang where Sangsapurba first appeared in Palembang

Bichitram Shah descendent of
Raja Secander (Alexander the Great) and son of Raja Suran and Putri Gangga appeared in Palembang. He took the name Sang Sapurba and married Wan Sundaria, the daughter of king of Palembang, Damang Lebar Daun.

*I am studying the Malay Annals for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Raja Suran Descendant of Alexander the Great 📖 Toothless Old Sailors & Journey to Undersea World 📖 Sejarah Melayu Chapter 1

Malacca Sultanate Royal Banquet
The Sejarah Melayu or Malay Annals is known in Malay as Sulalat al-Salatin (Genealogy of Kings). It is the oldest available literature on Malay history. *I am studying it for insights into the roots of Malay cuisine.

Gulai Siput Barai A Dish from Ancient Singapore


Siput Barai shellfish is one of the food mentioned in Sejarah Melayu or Malay Annals. This shellfish would be one of the earliest documented food in Singapore cuisine dating back to the 1300s i.e. 700 years ago during the kingdom of Singapura.

The Sejarah Melayu or Malay Annals is an account of the kings of Singapura and the Malacca sultanate (covering the period 1300 - 1500) written in 1612. The accounts written in Jawi was commissioned by a regent of the Johor sultanate which succeed the Malacca sultanate when it fell to the Portuguese in 1511.

Hearty Florentine Burger by Monti A Casa Steals Hearts but not Wallets!


Today is my birthday, and buddy gifted me atas lunch delivered by Monti A Casa. There were pasta, cakes, and this Florentine Burger with double wagyu beef patty that blew me away. It was awesomely delicious. When I checked the price, I was surprised - it got me excited to share this with you as soon as possible 🍔

Restaurant name: Monti at 1-Pavilion Italian Restaurant and Rooftop Bar

Address: 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049327 (inside The Fullerton Pavilion) 

Tel: 6535 0724 ☏ 9111 5529

Hours: 11:00am - 10:30pm

Umbut Kelapa · Heart of Coconut Palm Fit for Kings · Ancient Malay Cuisine from Sejarah Melayu


Umbut kelapa or heart of coconut is the most precious part of a coconut tree and is eaten during special occasions like weddings and royal banquets. It is o
ne of the dishes mentioned in the Sejarah Melayu / Malay Annals. 

The Sejarah Melayu tells the stories of the Malay kingdoms from Singapura in the 1300s to the Malacca sultanate till its destruction by the Portuguese in the 1500s. The history of Malay kings spanning over 200 years was commissioned in 1612 by a regent of the Johor sultanate which succeeded the Malacca sultanate.