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I’ve never met a bowl of Buah Keluak noodles I didn’t like.
One of the earliest, if not the earliest, was the “Buah Keluak Mee Pok” by @chefshentan at the now-defunct Revolution Coffee cafe. I remember trying to chew while gaping in wonderment at its deliciousness, on top of being a bit flustered at finally meeting Chef herself properly (#fangurling).
Shown above is the most recent, which took place here where it appears as the seventh of nine courses in Chef Ming Kiat’s September menu. Naturally, each person has their own take and his featured an oxtail buah keluak ragu and egg noodles made fresh from scratch in-house. I loved how the meat and Indonesian black nut were cooked till they basically became one, a black melt-in-mouth beauty that after some tossing, clung tenaciously to the fine strands of springy noodles. So sublime a Peranakan-Chinese match they made. Chef Ming Kiat urged us to squeeze the lime and mix in the housemade sambal belachan to give the earthiness from the buah keluak a note of brightness and savoury heat. Doing that really did transform the dish in ways I didn’t expect, to heightened tastiness of course.


Chef Ming Kiat is gifted in unshackling the DNA of traditional flavours and harnessing it, along with the “feeling”, to create shockingly sublime dishes that leave you staring at them in awe as you eat. The current menu (it changes monthly) has some of the most imaginative and delicious tasting Mod Sin (Modern Singaporean) creations that have ever landed on my palate. With each (details listed below), I was astounded, dazzled and ultimately, satisfied to no end. Here is the complete list:

1. Insanely good opener of seared local squid, in a laksa leaf pesto, enlivened with pickled green apple and a kerabu (Asian salad) of wing bean, mint and red onions.

2. Chockfull of Hokkaido scallop and fish maw, the chawanmushi was steamed in a stock of dried seafood and Jinghua ham, and topped with a very umami housemade X.O sauce. Extremely flavourful and a favourite of many.

3. Highly imaginative course of Ebi Katsu (crunchy prawn and fish patty) in a pool of Chef Ming’s tartare sauce which was concocted from fish chowder, turmeric leaf, laksa leaves, coriander and belimbing.

4. The herbal duck and Japanese mushrooms hot pot is a great example of minimal waste done to really tasty results. While the bones were brewed with Chinese medicinal herbs, the thighs were made into meatballs and the body meat, sliced and poached.

5. One of my favourites was the dish derived from Indonesian Soto soup featuring local grouper. Roast chicken stock was reduced to a “bumbu” (spice paste) and enriched with butter to become a velvety-smooth and terrifically aromatic gravy. Served with it, a smoked fish bergedil that was good on its own but better soaked in the gravy.

6. Chef Ming’s version of his mum’s Popiah Porridge is pure comfort food. The taste was sweet and savoury due to the simmering of turnip, carrots, cabbage, “hae bee” (dried shrimp) and Japanese rice in a potent prawn stock.

7. Peranakan meets Italian in the form of fresh egg noodles with buah keluak oxtail ragout. Adding sambal belachan and fresh lime juice brought the rich earthy flavours of the ragout to another level.

8. Nothing is straightforward with this team. For a palate cleanser, Chef Shin Yin made us a sorbet of cold-pressed star fruit juice and served it on Japanese muscat grapes and pomelo from Ipoh.

9. Baked a la minute, the piping hot orange sugee cake came with a scoop of spiced ice-cream that’s made in-house with cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. I doubt there could be a more perfect ending to this amazing meal.


As our next booking at @mustardseed_sg approaches in the first week of September, my excitement to have Chef-owner Ming Kiat’s new menu is already building. At the same time though, I can’t help but think of this dessert I had on my last visit with wistfulness.
A tribute to the humble soya bean, the bowl holds its different incarnations in an ice-cream, as a silky yuba (Japanese beancurd skin), crunchy chips of #tempeh (fermented soya beans) and even a housemade kinako sauce, all orchestrated to harmonise beautifully when enjoyed together.
I feel it takes a great deal of sensitivity and creativity in a chef to fathom the potential of the humble bean in order to be able to execute to such sublime results. Obviously, Chef Ming Kiat has both qualities in spades.


Transitions are tricky. Much more so when your Point A happened to be one of the most coveted private dining experiences in Singapore (snagging a seat required lightning fingers). Naturally, your Point B was bound to attract intense scrutiny.
Chef Ming Kiat (Instagram: @mkthehansum) of The Mustard Seed Pop-up, with the support of his girlfriend Chef Shin Yin (@xshinyinx) and a mutual friend from their Candlenut days, Chef Julian (@juliegohan), has pulled it off successfully, making his move from private dining to a full-fledged restaurant look like a walk in the park. I am sure it is an illusion because a tonne of work must have gone into getting the new space to echo the look and feel of what he had created at the venue of his previous dinners - his parents’ timelessly stylish home.
Located along a charming row of shophouses in the north-east of Singapore, the @mustardseed_sg can now seat more diners. And very comfortably too, around a U-shaped counter (fun fact: it’s built from the wood of a single tree).
I am very pleased to report the food produced by this tight team of three chefs in the new, bigger kitchen is instantly recognisable as Mustard Seed’s. Every course is as uniquely nuanced and eloquent in deliciousness as ever. Even if I was not told, I would have been able to guess straightaway whose food I was having. The presentation and flavours are exactly what we have come to know and love - an amalgamation of Chef Ming Kiat’s memories, taste, training, research, passion and innate talent.
The menu here is suppose to change monthly but I am sure whenever you visit, the meal you partake in will have you dreaming of, for a long while after.


Shown above is the sublime second course from my recent dinner here. It is Chef-owner Ming Kiat’s take on a classic dish - the Vichyssoise, which also happens to be the first recipe of Anthony Bourdain’s he ever attempted. The reason for that is he wanted to cook for his mum on Mother’s Day more then a decade ago.
Naturally, the Vichyssoise he served last week to our group of thirteen diners, was of a much more evolved form. The elegant white-on-white creation featured fresh Hokkaido scallops, sweet lily bulbs and pickled local turnip. For me, it was one of the most outstanding courses of the night as I really enjoyed how the cool and warm, as well as the crunch and smooth, coexisted so deliciously in a bowl.

I'm still waiting for Chef Ming @mkthehansum to start his permanent restaurant, after being his loyal fan for his Mustard Seed Popup. I've dined there three times, and still can't get enough of the food there.