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Small-Batch Soya Sauce

David Soh was already hooked on soya sauce when he visited a factory owned by a friend’s father, but he’d never considered making it himself. “I love soya sauce, in fact the whole family also loves it,” he says. Having watched the process from start to finish at the factory, Soh immediately thought: “Hey, I…

Kemaman Fat Boy: Keropok Ikan

After moving to Kuala Lumpur, Jayden Koay notice something fishy: the local keropok just wasn’t up to scratch. The keropok (fish crackers) in the capital had a sour taste; he suspected there was too much flour in the recipe. He longed for the fried keropok from his hometown of Kemaman, on Malaysia’s east coast. This gave Koay an…

A Whole New Level of Spicy

Monica Josephine can’t imagine a life without spice. The Manado native and Singapore permanent resident spent her early childhood years surrounded by Indonesian cuisine, which is renowned for its fiery taste and complex fusion of spices. This Indonesian heritage endowed her with a love of all things spicy – and set her on the path to…

Toying with Tempeh in Malaysia

Returning to Malaysia in 2013 after 15 years working in Singapore, 48-year-old Alzari “Joey” Mahshar set himself a mission – to popularise tempeh in his home country. Tempeh is a soya bean cake from Indonesia made with natural culturing and a controlled fermentation process that binds soya beans. A staple in Indonesia, it goes well…

Spread the Love: Bacon Jam

Breaking food stereotypes is one of the major challenges that innovative artisanal food producers face That was certainly the case for home-based Five & Two Foods after it launched its bacon jam range. “They [customers] thought it was bacon with strawberry jam,” explains co-founder Georgina Fernandez, 44. There was uncertainty over how to respond. Fernandez…

Saving Bees One Jar of Honey at a Time

When you think of raw honey and beekeeping, Singapore is probably the last place that comes to mind. Its highly urbanised environment means there just isn’t enough space for commercial apiaries or apiculture hobbyists. Somebody forgot to tell Xavier Tan. In 2014 the former operations manager at Hewlett Packard invested funds from his severance package…