Ku Dé Ta at the Sands SkyPark

Charcoal-roasted Scottish Salmon with Date-Soy Glaze

Charcoal-grilled Scottish Salmon with a Chinese Date-Soy Glaze

Upon passing through the levels of screening at the Marina Bay Sands, I am reminded by Dostoevsky who once wrote that the degree of civilization can be measured by entering its prisons.

My natural sense of curiosity was piqued when I was allowed access to the lifts with a backpack with the briefest of glances. How many of the staff, I wonder, are really trained for such work and is their presence motivated by a need for security or the need of people to feel secure?

Dark were my thoughts as I attended lunch hosted by my uncle at Ku Dé Ta at the Sands SkyPark.

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Posted on 16th Feb 2011 in Asian, Chinese, Food and Drink, Japanese, Thai  |  3 comments

Daniel Sia at the inaugural Asian Masters 2011


American Express is well-known for gastronomic initiatives such as the Singapore Tatler Best Restaurant Guide and the Feed at Raffles programme. And continuing in this fine tradition, American Express presents the inaugural Asian Masters festival. This festival provides a unique platform showcasing gourmet activities such as presentations, workshops, luncheons, gala dinners and tastings.

Asian Masters celebrates Asian talents across gourmet culture and lifestyle with a main focus in gourmet because food is central to the Asian lifestyle. Speaking of which, I was fortunate to catch up with one such talent: Daniel Sia of The Disgruntled Chef.

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Posted on 10th Jan 2011 in Asian, Food and Drink, Interview, Singapore  |  Comments off

Gula Melaka Avocado Ripple Ice Cream


I’ve always wanted to do an ice cream with strong Asian flavors but I couldn’t find an appreciative audience. But since I’ll be cooking for and attending parties this festive season, I decided to inflict upon my friends various versions of my Gula Melaka Avocado Ice Cream.

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Posted on 29th Dec 2010 in Asian, Recipes  |  4 comments

Kedai Makanan Yut Kee in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Immediately after leaving the hospital, Simon asked if I wanted Kelantanese or a simpler meal. The latter being KL’s oldest continuously running coffee shop since 1928.

Having just stepped out of the Emergency Ward on wobbly legs, I decided to go for something less adventurous.

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Posted on 8th Dec 2010 in Food and Drink, Hainanese, Malaysia, Old School, Peranakan  |  3 comments

The Singapore Food Festival – Clarke Quay Food Street


Visitors to Singapore (suggested motto: No littering, fine $500) are often at a lost on where or what to eat when they arrive. What they see in the arrival halls of our world-class airport is a sanitary – for most Singaporeans, hygiene is not a greeting – place. Unless they have a local friend, they wouldn’t have a clue to what’s good to eat.

Fret not, because true to the Singaporean habit of consolidating colonial cultural color into a centralized, convenient and, above all, hygienic location, the Read Bridge at Clarke Quay has been converted into a Food Street with stalls hawking things to eat. And because the theme this year is local dialect cultural food, you get to wade through a broad spectrum of food from the various dialect groups that have evolved into something that is truly Singaporean.

Unless of course, the Malaysians claim otherwise.

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Posted on 19th Jul 2010 in Asian, Fun  |  4 comments

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