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Food Artisans

Melinda Soon, the Accidental Vegan Chef

It’s hard to imagine now but when Melinda Soon’s students first suggested she run classes on vegan baking she was initially reluctant. At the time she was running the classes at a charity organisation, the Tzu Chi Society, in Malaysia, and vegan baking was becoming a common request. But all Soon could think was: “Can you imagine a cake without eggs? It won’t taste nice.” After a while, though, curiosity got the better of Soon. She began studying vegan recipes …

Cold, Bland, Boring? Not This Raw Food

For chef Boey Yin Yin, making and eating dishes from raw food was all about gaining a healthier lifestyle. But soon, other people began to take notice. Her Instagram account grew to more than 5,000 followers, with countless reposts and queries from people wanting to learn more about raw food. Her choice of eating and preparing raw food was driven by the need to manage her eczema. Boey, 46, has suffered from itchy and irritable skin for nearly three decades, and …

Kwong Woh Hing Sauce Factory

Six grains, one healthy brew Kwong Woh Hing is a homegrown soy sauce maker that has been making the popular Chinese condiment the traditional way for over 70 years. Now they are becoming known for a new product: vinegar. With the release of Kwong Woh Hing’s Six Grain vinegar range, it became the first vinegar producer in Singapore. Why vinegar? Of course, it’s commonly used in cooking and food preparation to balance out fatty textures and flavours and is popular …

Sasha’s Fine Foods: Delivering Fresh and Sustainably Sourced Food

When one thinks of grocery delivery services in Singapore, behemoths such as Redmart and Honestbee spring to mind. With even supermarket giants like Fairprice and Cold Storage joining in the game, there is strong competition in the industry. But Sasha’s Fine Foods – an eight-year “veteran” of the online grocery space, isn’t flinching. “We are essentially a speciality meat and seafood supplier of the best produce sourced from around the world,” says the company’s founder. “I see the other companies as …

Serene’s Supper Club – Private Home Dining

Some best-kept secrets are hidden in plain sight. Upon setting foot into Serene’s Supper Club, it is obvious that the burgeoning private home dining scene in Singapore is one of these hidden gems. Private dining, although pricier than eating out, is paying for a chef’s personal attention to your meal and your tastebuds – an intimate extravagance. Almost every weekend, Serene opens up her home to strangers, serving them Japanese and Nikkei cuisine – the latter a lesser-known fusion of …

Food Forest Farm: Permaculture in Commercial Farming

For Khoo Peng Keat, the name “Food Forest Farm” is a reminder that the farm should function like a forest. It also reflects Khoo and Food Forest Farm co-founder Billie Tan’s backgrounds in permaculture and interest in sustainable living. Permaculture is when “every little thing, every plant works together and is productive,” says Khoo. The combination of two words, “permanent” and “agriculture”, the practice was sought as a solution to the unsustainability of conventional annual agriculture. A design based on …