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My piece on Hakka cuisine in Singapore for SCMP. I only discovered Thunder tea rice (leicha) in recent years and absolutely love the vegan edition at Thunder Tree, Singapore.

I was just at the Foods Futures Summit last week with plenty to think about – consuming less meat, lab grown meat, mock meats, vegan alternatives to eggs and meat and the conversation around the importance on what we put in our body, in addition to how animals are raised today. The idea of the […]

These photos are at least a year old and I’ve been meaning to write about it for a while and it’s coming to mind more often since I’ve been planning my next trip home to Singapore! I’ve been back a couple of times since at the new location at Dempsey since Candlenut got acquired by […]

Private Kitchens are all the rage in Singapore this past year. I went to quite a few during my time back in Singapore and joined a friend’s party for dinner at Jalan Ampang when a vacant spot came up. Our host and home cook Raymond took us through his family recipes and Peranakan cooking he […]

One of the highlights of eating back home was Mr Tan’s Kelong, a wooden house on stilts at sea off the coast of Changi and not far from Pulau Ubin island. Thanks to food friend and cook extraordinaire S, we ate our heart out on the freshing seafood and catches of the day. I don’t have […]

I have discovered more about Singapore during my medical sabbatical back home than I ever did growing up and living there for 24 years. My story for the SCMP here.   Halal food: mutton murtabak at Zam Zam Singapore. Hanging out with fowls (black swan included!) at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Dinner at Old Airport […]

Found these photos from over a year ago and realised that I never wrote about my last Taipei trip. I no longer go on the hunt for “best this and that” following the crowds, but instead spend more time in the moment, wandering and discovering instead of checking things off a list. Here’s what I […]

Every self respecting person with Peranakan roots will tell you that the best laksa to be had is made by their grandmother, mother or themselves. I think in my generation we all cheat with ready made paste or we vacuum pack our mother’s freshly made rempah (spice paste) along with homemade belacan. Visiting friends are […]

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This is a belated post and the restaurant has since gone on to garner one Michelin star. I liked the food here, but have many friends who didn’t. I think the flavours and tastes were well distilled, but the execution still feels like a work in progress. Well, I later learned that chef Han was […]

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I’ve been away for so long, there isn’t a particular place I turn to for birthday cakes. A friend got me a cake from Edith Patisserie and I’m not a convert. It’s variations of all butter cream cakes which reminds me of the old days when cakes were made with good old buttercream and everything […]

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