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Makko Teck Neo – Little Peranakan Cafe with Irresistible Pineapple Tarts

Makko Teck NeoEvery year, my aunt never fails to gives us loads of Chinese New Year goodies labelled with the name “Teck Neo.” I will usually start on the pineapple tarts first, and they are usually half gone when Chinese New Year finally arrives. I found that out of all the numerous pineapple tarts I have tasted over the years, Teck Neo is one of the most consistently delicious ones – melt-in-the-mouth buttery crust, not overly-sweet crunchy pineapple filling with a Peranakan oomph. I later learnt that they were the ones who supplied these tasty morsels during the APEC Summit in Singapore.
Makko Teck NeoMy interest (or rather, gluttony) piqued, I wanted to know more about them and found out that they operated a café tucked away in the sleepy heartland of Blk 35 Telok Blangah Rise.

Makko Teck NeoYou can’t miss the block from the road, for sure :)

Makko Teck NeoIt would be easy to miss Makko Teck Neo’s little Peranakan café located at the end of the block, if not for the people happily eating at the al fresco area in front of the entrance.

Makko Teck NeoUnlike the usually showy Peranakan restaurants plastered with a blinding number of Peranakan décor, Makko Teck Neo is fuss-free, preferring to focus on churning out authentic and affordable Peranakan dishes. Her family helps out at the café too.

Makko Teck NeoThe cafe offers different dishes on each day of the week while some signature dishes such as dry mee siam, nasi lemak and Nonya pork chop are available daily.

Makko Teck NeoThe space is not big, but they do pretty brisk business especially during lunch time. Makko Teck Neo does catering as well.

Makko Teck NeoPineapple tarts are undoubtedly the star of the show. I like the mini pineapple tarts, which makes eating them feel only half as guilty haha. But being so tiny, it also means it’s easier to pop the whole jar into your mouth without realising it, hee.

Makko Teck NeoDon’t lose control…don’t lose control…helppp! Just looking at the wide variety of Chinese New Year goodies is enough to make me happy :D I’ll think about diet later…

Makko Teck NeoI buy the home-made nonya kueh once I reach now – the first time, I waited till I finished my meal to buy, almost everything was gone :S Some which I think are a must-try are the rempah udang (spicy shrimp fillings in glutinous rice rolls), kueh salat kaya (Pandan egg coconut milk custard on glutinous rice), kueh lopes (glutinous rice cake served with palm sugar syrup) and kueh dar dar (gula melaka coconut in pandan crepe roll).

Makko Teck NeoAnd go for the Nonya meat dumplings – they are the BEST I have eaten. Furthermore, they come decorated with nature’s best dye – a bluish extract from the blue pea flower. It’s as Peranakan as it can get.

Makko Teck NeoBon appetite!

Makko Teck NeoThe al fresco area is named the “Tok Panjang” corner, which translates to “long table feast” usually associated with Peranakan weddings and special occasions. Peranakans practice such sharing during meals to bring closeness to the family, relatives and friends, and signifies prosperity and joy.

Makko Teck NeoOne of my favourite dish – the dry mee siam. I was crazy enough to specially cab there to-and-fro just to eat this, haha. It’s slightly on the sweet side compared to the usual Malay-style spicy mee siam. Makko Teck NeoRempah Ayam Goreng (Crispy Fragrant Fried Chicken)
Finger lickin’ good.

Makko Teck Neo Rice with pineapple salad
I bought extra pineapple salad home. ‘Nuff said.

Makko Teck NeoAssam Fish Curry (Patin Fish in Spicy Tamarind Curry Gravy)

Makko Teck NeoNonya Ngoh Hiang (Fried Meat Roll)
You have to order this…it’s really good!

Makko Teck NeoAnd the finale of the meal – a lovely Burbur Cha Cha (sweet dessert of coconut milk with sweet potatoes, yam and tapioca pearls). It is one of the more authentic ones in Singapore, still retaining the robust taste of how this Peranakan dessert should be.

If you are looking for a casual place serving authentic Peranakan delicacies which doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, give Makko Tack Neo a try. With Chinese New Year just round the corner, it’s also a great place to buy some goodies home and share the love (and carbs) with the family :)

Makko Teck Neo
Blk 35 Teloh Blangah Rise, #01-303 Singapore 090035
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 7:30AM – 9:00PM
Tel: +65 6275 1330
Email: sales@teckneotarts.com
Website: www.teckneotarts.com
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Sin.less CNY Indulgence – Pineapple Tarts

Organic Pineapple Tarts
One festive goodie I can never resist is the very pretty (and fattening) pineapple tart. I make it a point to find interesting ones every year, and this year I am going for healthy pineapple tarts – organic low GI. If I can’t stop this yearly sinful indulgence, I will make it sin LESS.

Organic Pineapple Tarts

I am eating quite a bit of organic food nowadays, and was quite excited when I found these organic pineapple tarts from Bud of Joy. They definitely don’t come cheap ($38.80 for a bottle), but if it means lesser snacking guilt – why not? :) They taste pretty good and I like the melt-in-your-mouth crust. The pineapple is also not too sweet.

Organic Pineapple Tarts

The low GI pineapple pearls made from wholemeal flour and other organic ingredients taste pretty good as well. I know cos’ my mum has polished off half the bottle. And Chinese New Year hasn’t even started.

Organic Pineapple Tarts

Ordering was fuss-free via their website and they offer delivery too, so I ordered a bottle of organic kaya (coconut egg jam) to try too. While Bud of Joy has a number of perishable items such as bread and cookies at their physical shop, it’s best if you order-to-make so as to minimize food wastage. I will try ordering a pine nut butter spread the next time, sounds like it will make a yummy breakfast :)

Organic Pineapple Tarts

I’m excited about the New Year! And all the goodies to be eaten lol. What’s your favourite part of the New Year? :)