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The love of childhood snacks is transformed into a viable business. Clara Lock investigates the passion and grit of a young Malaysian who wants to bring back the ice pop (or sng bao). From a hole-in-the-wall kiosk along bustling Bugis Street, Sasha Tan jangles an ice cream bell and chirps merrily to the throngs of […]
South Asian cuisine is more than just Indian food as we know it. A commonly overlooked cuisine is Sinhalese food from Sri Lanka. Heirloom recipes from Sri Lankan households keep the traditional cooking alive – some 2,600 km away in Singapore. In the yellowed pages of a lovingly handwritten book of recipes, there are no […]
From awkward first date to long-lasting, mixed-race marriage. Claire Merquita explores her parents’ courtship and subsequent marriage. First date: he wakes up with food poisoning. But at seven in the evening he leaves to meet her for dinner, looking as charming as he can manage. Then his car breaks down and he smashes his favourite watch […]
To what extent are shopping malls part of Singapore’s “memoryscape”? Hong Xinyi ruminates on this and the ghost of her younger self as she revisits Yishun’s Northpoint. The bus ride from my home in central Singapore to the island’s northern tip takes only 30 minutes. When I was younger, inching impatiently into my teenage years, […]
A trip to the Mama shop is never easy. The first thing that hits me is the smell. There’s that unmistakable hint of curry mixed with, oddly enough, chocolate. Once I get past the smell, the colours grab my attention. Swirls of red, flashes of green, bolts of blue and other colours merge, creating one […]
Like many grandmothers, Xi Jie’s Ah Ma loves to cook. In this article, she explores a grandmother’s love and sacrifice for her family, as well as the tale of how the black sauce crab came about. My Ah Ma likes her food very sweet and very spicy. She has no qualms about thickening a curry […]