To our Muslim listeners celebrating The Festival of Sacrifice this Friday, July 31st, we say “Selamat Hari Raya Haji” as we chill with the coolest chef in town, Chef Bob. One of the top Malay chefs, F&B Entrepreneur and TV host of nearly 30 culinary shows, hear as he shares his background, the inspiration for a career in the kitchen and the story of his life-changing 95-kilos weight loss.
Singapore Foodie Season 3
Our search for a Singapore burger artist brought us to Chef Ryan of HamBaoBao, whose Ayam Buah Keluak burger was a megahit with foodies, with waiting times of up to 2 hours. We learn what goes into fusing Asian flavors in the classic American burger format, how important Hawker Culture is for Singaporeans and learn one of life’s great lessons.
In this episode, we visit The Cheese Ark, the coolest boutique cheesemonger in town. Based at 49 Stirling Road, Ai Ming runs a shop stocked with hard-to-find cheeses from smallholding farms where every wheel is loving handcrafted, air-flown to Singapore and aged in her affinage room to perfection.
Plus, we ponder if the hard-charging 24-/7 life is really the best when instead, you could get back to nature and chill, away from social media
The Cheese Ark – 49 Stirling Road #01-489 Singapore 141049
Shop +65 9175 0090
For opening hours, check Google or Facebook
In this month of Hari Raya, COVID19 means the pasar malams are shut. These festive night markets are bright and happy bazaars, and the Ramly Burger is legendary. A burger from across the border, it’s iconic for its taste and easily available in Malaysia, but in Singapore, it’s a treat at a pasar malam.
We talk with Shiv of Ministry of Burgers, who offer the best Ramly-style burgers in Singapore.
We all know “East Meets West”, but what about “West Meets East”? We venture down to the hipster central of Singapore to meet the finest French Bakery on the island to talk about the secrets of making amazing bread and pastries in the challenging humidity of Singapore, and how being part of the community is a cornerstone of how Tiong Bahru Bakery connects with its customers.
We hang out with the King – the King of Fruits! The amazing durian, a fruit that has almost defied description by noted writers over the years, has a (subjectively) obscene smell combined with beautiful a custard-like flesh. We visit Ghim Moh market to hang with an innovator in the Durian scene and hear how Ah Seng innovated multiple times in his 3 decades of selling Durians
Thanks to Paul Foster for reading the quotes, and Benjamin “Mr Miyagi” Lee for the opening line about how durians smell!
Our Singapore Foodie season kicks off with a look at the amazing caramelized char siew of Fook Kin, a collab of superstar DJs The Muttons (Vernon A & Justin Ang), Chef Kai of Roast Paradise and Fatboys Empresario Bernie Tay. The guys talk about the difference between Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur Char Siew, if it’s spelt Char Siew (SG & KL) or Char Siu (HK) and why social media and Instagram is critical for connecting with customers and foodies
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This episode was recorded by Adam Yamin
Singapore is going through the Covid-19 situation with the rest of the world, and the local F&B industry needs your support. If you’re feeling well, please do consider heading out for makan and supporting eateries with your mouths, stomachs and wallets!