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Words by Crystal
Photography by GNineThree
Family recipes usually make the best meals. These are the recipes that are handed down to us and we in turn will hand down to the next generation. Indeed, you can’t beat the taste of home. Of all our family recipes, dry Mee Siam is our favourite. Some believe that the name of the dish refers to Siam, the old name for Thailand, and that the dish is influenced by Thai cuisine, while others believe that the dish is Malay or Peranakan in origin. For us, our roots would definitely be Peranakan because our great-grandmother was from Penang and she was Perankan!
The key to this dish is the combination of spiciness and sourness. Each added ingredient builds layers of flavour to this dish. We believe that it is the sweet, spicy and tangy taste that makes the dish really appetizing and have us craving for more!
Of course, we cannot share our full family recipe because it is after all a family secret but we can share some key ingredients which makes our Rempah so robust and flavourful.
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Words by Rachel Goh (@grxrachel)
Photography by GNineThree
Just when you thought that weekend brunches were typically made for only Sundays, you could not be more mistaken. Calling all fans of Spanish cuisine, Catalunya’s Brunch with Passion is now rolling out on every Saturdays, on top of their current Sunday brunches, from 12.30pm – 3.30pm. With over 40 traditional Spanish dishes coupled with entertaining showmanship at intervals of the brunch buffet, expect a fun-filled brunch affair with family, friends and loved ones.
The day which we commemorate and pay tribute to the most important woman in our life is fast approaching- May 10 to be exact this year. Most of the time, my mum will tell us not to spend any money or buy her anything because as long as we were obedient children and self-respecting contributing individuals to society, it was enough for her. But just like “Valentines’ Day” syndrome, we usually still want to get something nice for that special person despite the commercialisation of the occasion.
So in case you were sourcing for ideas for Mum, here’s one…
I have blogged about zChocolat’s Mahogany Collection and Valentine’s Day Collection before and raved over their premium quality chocolates made only with the finest French cream and butter. This year for Mother’s Day, the people at zChocolat have specially designed this pink lotus themed box to honor mothers everywhere. According to Buddhist lore, this regal flower symbolizes purity, creation and rebirth- fitting adjectives to describe a mother’s love for her children.
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The highly-anticipated Epicurean Market by Marina Bay Sands is back for its 2nd year running with a fresh theme and participation by the integrated resort’s stellar cast of celebrity chefs as well as the country’s finest wine distributors and food suppliers. Held from 12-14 September 2014 at Marina Bay Sands, this gourmet food and wine appreciation event will see guests savouring exquisite dishes and fine wines from over 50 restaurants, wineries and leading brands, expanding their culinary knowledge through master classes and indulging in a market brimming with fresh produce.
Here are the top 10 experiences you can expect at this year’s Epicurean Market 2014:
1) Mystery Box cook-off between celebrity chef restaurants (13 Sept)
Watch the first ever mystery box cook-off between executive chefs Jonathan Kinsella (db Bistro Moderne) and David Almany (Osteria Mozza) as they challenge each other to prepare a dish using ingredients from a mystery box. The chefs will have about 45 minutes to whip up a dish each in this cook-off and a trio of judges will select the winner.
2) LOUIS XIII de Rémy Martin tasting (12 Sep)
Discover the king of Cognacs, LOUIS XIII de Rémy Martin, made available to the public for the first time ever. Created in 1874, LOUIS XIII is an exceptional blend of 1,200 eaux-de-vie aged over 100 years, with each decanter highlighting the passionate work of four generations of Cellar Masters. Experience the LOUIS XIII with an amazing dessert pairing. Ticket for this exclusive masterclass is priced at S$50 (original ticket value of S$350) with a limited capacity of 40 participants. Limited-edition tickets have been packaged for this exclusive session, at $73 per person (includes the $23 ticket access to Epicurean Market for three days). The tasting is held on 12 September 2014, 4-5pm.
Mid-Autumn Festival is once again upon us. It is time to stop weight-watching and begin feasting on some delectable mooncakes. I always marvel at how chefs at hotels and restaurants are able to consistently create innovative combinations of ingredients and produce such unusual handcrafted round morsels of sweet treats. This year is no exception with an assortment of fusion and traditional offerings ranging from the usual baked varieties and the snowskins on the list.
These are our picks for 2014:
Man Fu Yuan, Intercontinental Singapore
Man Fu Yuan’s acclaimed Dim Sum Chef Simon Poon presents a new range of Shanghai Mooncakes this year with a choice of mixed nuts (macadamia and pine) or salted egg yolk in smooth lotus seed paste encased in flaky buttery pastry. The health-conscious can choose from their myriad of low-sugar offerings, made with 50 percent less sugar and all-natural ingredients while others who wish to indulge, can do so with the snowskin mooncakes that come in flavours of Green Tea Paste with Dragonball Jasmine or the premium ‘Mao Shan Wang’ with coconut milk.
Early bird special: Exclusive pre-sale release at 30% off total retail price now available through 8 August, valid only for 4- piece mooncakes.
Online purchase: Available at singapore.intercontinental.com/mooncakes
Man Fu Yuan mooncakes are available from 9 July through 8 September 2014 at Tea Hut, located at the entrance of InterContinental Singapore from Bugis Junction, and 20 locations across Singapore, with boxes of 2-piece from $29+ and 4-piece from $49+.