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Food Artisans

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 …

Natural Healing with Nasi Ulam

When Mandy Leong’s colourful platter of nasi ulam is placed in front of you, it’s hard not feel a little brighter. The popular Malay dish features steamed rice mixed with herbs and surrounded by an array of side dishes. But Leong’s platter, appropriately called “Rainbow Healing Nasi Ulam”, takes nasi ulam to another level, featuring more than 10 herbs and aromatic flowers that create a kaleidoscope of colours. On top of that, customers are served a range of delicious side dishes. Leong is …

Anthony the Spice Maker

Anthony Leow is the man behind the brand of 10-year-old Anthony the Spice Maker. We caught up with him at his stall in Singapore’s Chinatown, where he sells a variety of hand-crafted spice blends that have attracted the attention not only of local home cooks, but of chefs around the world.

Lemuel: Mad About Chocolate

Ronald Ng has set himself the mission of educating Singaporeans about the richness and complexities of single origin chocolate. Ng has spent over 30 years in the chocolate business and wants his compatriots to know that there is much more to chocolate than what you find in supermarkets. Store-bought products feature just a small fraction of real chocolate, he says. So while you may enjoy a handful of M&Ms or Reese Buttercups, what you are ingesting is not quite the …

Changing Lives Through Cooking at De’Divine Cafe

Customers at De’Divine Cafe sometimes laugh when their eyes catch the sign that reads, “Where Gods Come to Eat”. It might sound a little over the top, but this homely cafe is about more than just creating delicious flavours and textures. The sign is a reminder to customers that because of their patronage the establishment can provide culinary training to marginalised youth – mostly girls and young women – from the fringes of society. “We see cooking as a life skill …