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Food Artisans

Vegan Hummus Made in Singapore

Making hummus for a living is the last thing former flight attendant Teo Liwen, founder of Holymoleydips, imagined she would do. But here she is, churning out hundreds of containers of hummus for her loyal fans, in a shared kitchen every week. It all started when the 29-year-old travelled frequently to cities in the Western hemisphere as part of her flight attendant work. Brought in by Middle Eastern immigrants, hummus has long existed in those areas as a snack, typically …

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 can do this.” He then learned that several major manufacturers put preservatives, colouring or artificial flavouring in their soya sauce, and decided he wanted to …

Chocolate Concierge: Artisanal Chocolates for a Cause

Artisanal chocolatier and Chocolate Concierge founder Ong Ning-Geng may not be dressed in a purple suit and a top hat, but the enthusiasm with which he talks about chocolate bears more than a passing resemblance to a certain Willy Wonka. Ong’s romance with chocolate began with an interest in fermentation. Fascinated by the processes that turn regular ingredients into delicious and decadent pleasures, the 38-year-old pored over books and research on the topic. About 10 years ago, this morphed into …

Asmara: Beverages that Marry Science and Tradition

Ramesh Krish Kumar is a modern-day apothecarist. In his previous job as manager of research and development at Pure Rich Biogems, a health food company based in Singapore, he would study the benefits of herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurvedic medicine, both ancient practices passed down through multiple generations. With his knowledge of ingredients and a little personal savings, he established health drink brand Asmara early this year. Kumar and his university classmate foresaw a rising demand for …

Kravve.co: Online Marketplace for Malaysia’s Food Artisans

Behind every startup there’s usually a good story – often a very personal one. Online marketplace Kravve.co is no different. The idea to develop a simple yet effective e-commerce platform came from co-founder Teh Yong Lin’s mother, who used to make pumpkin jam from scratch. Teh saw the potential in selling this homemade jam. “I asked her, why don’t you try to sell [the jam] online and see if you can make extra income. I thought, how difficult was it …

Granola: Healthy Alternative to Calorie-Heavy Breakfasts

Zumba fitness instructor Faiz Aman noticed that before and after class many of his students were indulging in greasy food and unhealthy snacks. Determined to show them that a healthy lifestyle was about more than occasional exercise, he decided to come up with a product to wean them off their snacks. With breakfast being the most important meal of the day, he launched his own brand of granola, named Single Single Double. He took the name for his foray into healthy …