Mari Makan Seafood: Cze Char for All To Enjoy!
Nestled in a HDB neighbourhood kopitiam in Tampines, Mari Makan Seafood has the appearance of a regular Chinese-style cze char stall, but there’s more to this humble stall than meets the eye.
That’s right – Mari Makan is a Halal-certified cze char stall, which means our Muslim readers can enjoy the spread of cze char delights with an ease of mind! The owners, Mdm Teo and her daughter Dora, wished to share the fabulous flavours of Singaporean Chinese-style cze char with their Malay-Muslim friends. To make that wish come true, they embarked on a year-long mission to research and adapt their family’s recipes to fit Halal dietary standards.
And today, Mari Makan prides themselves in creating an inclusive cze char experience that Singaporeans of all faiths can come together to enjoy!
Great Wok-Fried Delights at Mari Makan Seafood
A glance at the menu at Mari Makan, and we were greeted with a plethora of familiar cze char favourites – cereal prawn, BBQ sotong, prawn paste chicken, beef hor fun, hotplate tofu, Hokkien mee, and many more.
The first dish that caught our fancy is Cereal Prawns, a mainstay in many a cze char place. With its ubiquity, one might opt to benchmark a cze char stall based on the standard of their cereal prawns, and Mari Makan certainly does not disappoint! The prawns were lightly sweet, springy and very juicy. The cereal added a nice crunch, as well as a different dimension of sweetness to complement the prawns.
Another dish that had our attention was the Salted Egg Fried Fish Skin, rich in both flavours and textures. Each piece of fish skin was covered in just the right amount of salted egg gravy, creamy but not cloying; and the fish skin retained its crispness even while soaked in gravy. Curry leaves and chilli padi add a nice spicy kick to the dish, rounding out the smooth savoury flavour of the salted egg.
Tasty as these dishes were, the next dish is the one that got us excited – and many others too, considering this is their best-selling item. Brace yourselves for…
Mari Makan’s BBQ Sambal Stingray: A Dish that Unites!
If there’s one sauce that Singaporeans universally love, no matter their cultural background, language, or religion, it’s sambal chilli sauce. So it’s little wonder that Mari Makan’s BBQ Sambal Stingray is immensely popular with both Muslim and non-Muslim diners alike!
Mari Makan’s house-made sambal chilli gravy is first wok-fried to bring out the spicy fragrance, and poured all over the stingray on a fragrant banana leaf. It is then covered and grilled to perfection, locking in all that sizzling spiciness!
If you are a spice fiend, you’ll meet your match in this house-made sambal gravy – it packed a real punch! Once the initial wave of spice-induced euphoria ebbed away, the flavours and textures of the stingray slowly came into the forefront. Having soaked up the spice and smoky scent of the wok-fried gravy, each morsel of the stingray was easily lifted off the bone, with a silky-smooth mouthfeel.
Mari Makan Seafood: It’s Time to Tuck In!
If you’re a sucker for a smorgasbord of delicious wok-fried delights, Mari Makan Seafood is the right place for you. Bonus points if you have an army of hungry friends, because that just means you’ve got enough reason to order one of just about everything on Mari Makan’s extensive menu!
More than just the huge variety of delectable stir-fried dishes, Mari Makan Seafood offers a truly universal cze char experience that people of every culture and faith can partake in – and that inclusivity, my friends, is what makes Mari Makan Seafood a win in our book!
Visit Mari Makan Seafood:
Kim San Leng F&B
Blk 138 Tampines Street 11
For enquiries and reservations, contact 9688 0848.
Mari Makan Seafood is a Halal-certified stall.