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Makko Teck Neo Pineapple Tarts
Makko Teck Neo began its business by baking and selling its signature pineapple tarts and cookies during lunar New Year to relatives and friends. As the business grew, Makko Teck Neo started offering a range of authentic home-style Peranakan delights besides the traditional pastries, which led to the birth of Makko Teck Neo Cafe at Telok Blangah Rise – a quiet and secluded corner.
The restaurant has a seating area indoors which is air-conditioned, and also outdoors, which serves as a more well-ventilated choice. The environment and ambience is peaceful and relaxing, away from the hustle and bustle.
Makko Teck Neo Nyonya restaurant specialises in traditional Peranakan cuisines and kueh. We decided to heed the Chef’s recommendations on the menu and we picked a few to try.
Ayam Buah Keluak (S$14.90)
A quintessential dish at any Peranakan eatery, we had to order Ayam Buah Keluak. The curry was rich and mildly spicy, and when mixed with the buah keluak puree, the two flavours amalgamated perfectly to become a sublime piece of work. The two pieces of Buah Keluak seeds were meaty and we enjoyed every moment of digging out the kernel. However, the chicken and the pork ribs were not as tender as expected. (Rating: 4.2/5)
Dry Mee Siam (S$5.80)
This is the dry version of mee siam topped with a sliced hard-boiled egg, diced tau pok and a prawn. Each strand of the vermicelli was coated with flavourful spices like tamarind, coconut sauce, a tinge of calamansi to help add zest to the overall sumptuous dish. (Rating: 4.3/5)
Ngoh Hiang (S$11.90)
Bite-sized Ngoh Hiang was generally delicious with its flavourful filling of pork and prawn. (Rating: 4.0/5)
Hei Bee Hiam ($5.00)
Makko Teck Neo has the tendency to be heavy on sugar. The overwhelming sweetness practically masked out the flavour of the Hei Bee Hiam or dried sambal chili shrimp. A disappointing dish that you can omit. (Rating: 2.0/5)
Tahu Goreng ($6.80)
Deep-fried beancurd with sliced fresh cucumber and bean sprouts, slathered with peanut sauce. The fluffy and slightly crispy coating matched well with the soft and smooth beancurd, finished flawlessly with the fragrant peanut sauce. (Rating: 3.5/5)
Nyonya Chap Chye ($14.90)
Stewed cabbage was sweeter than desired, and unnecessarily retained its crunchiness. The two prawns on the top also seem to be an awkward mismatch with the dish, which renders its hefty price unreasonable for a dish of such mediocre quality.
Begedil ($5.20 for 4pcs)
Begedil is basically deep fried potato patty, a familiar dish on our dining table and always loved by the kids. Incorporating fragrant fried shallots and spices, the Begedil was fried to a perfect golden-brown, and adored by the table. (Rating: 4.0/5)
Plain Basmati and Nasi Lemak rice ($1.50)
Makko Teck Neo serves both Briyani and Nasi Kemak-flavoured Bastmati rice. The Nasi Lemak rice was flavourful and went well with the dishes.
Traditional dessert served with coconut milk, gula melaka (palm sugar), jelly and attap seed. It is a bowl of dessert saturated with sugar!! A spoonful of the sweet content could shoot your sugar levels off the roof, but doesn’t the government discourage high sugar intake? Avoid the dessert for the sake of your health. Anyway, the sugary sweet killed the flavour of the Chendol completely so you wouldn’t miss out much. (Rating: 1.0/5)
Burbur Cha-Cha ($4.90)
Traditional dessert served with coconut milk, gula melaka (palm sugar), sweet potato and yam. The sweetness of this dessert is much more tolerable compared to the Chendol, but we are hoping the fragrance could be more robust. (Rating: 3.5/5)
Besides serving Peranakan cuisine, Nyonya kueh continues to be part of the integrated business under Makko Teck Neo’s portfolio. We have not tried the kueh but for the Nyonya cuisine that we have tried, some of the better choices are the dry mee siam, Ayam Buah Keluek, Ngoh Hiang and Begedil.