Archipel Berlin


Our dishes reflect childhood memories of family trips to Singapore, home cooking, and our cultural heritage.

Having found a scarcity of Malaysian and Singaporean food in Berlin, Kaylin Eu founded Ma-Makan in May 2017. Kaylin had moved to the German capital a few years prior, and decided to start cooking the dishes her parents brought over from Singapore to her native Melbourne – not just for herself, but for the appetite of the public. All of the spice pastes, condiments and stocks are made from scratch, prepared with traditional methods while still preserving a note of the chef’s personality. In the following years, Ma-Makan hosted several sold-out pop-up meals across the city, catered for the Singapore Embassy, and took part in the second edition of Berlin’s Ramadan Food Festival. August 2019 saw Ma-Makan take up an 8-month-long residency in Neukölln. Each weekend, Kaylin and her team would serve fragrant bowls of Nyonya Laksa, chili-hot cucumbers salads, and the curry puffs Kaylin’s grandmother would pack for the family each time they left from a visit to Singapore. The dishes of Ma-Makan are tokens of memory: the taste of a family’s home cooking, the history and heritage that can only be passed down through cuisine. 

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