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Satay is believed to originate from Java, Indonesia, where it is written as Sate. This is the same spelling in Malaysia and in the south of Thailand where there are Malay communities, including in Phuket.
This is a Singapore original. I have never come across Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee in Malaysia, Xiamen, Quanzhou or Hui’an, my ancestral home in Fujian Province. Two types of noodles are used. Yellow Hokkien Mee (Phuket where there is quite a lot of Hokkien Chinese, uses this type of noodle too) and Bee Hoon or Rice Vermicelli.
Immigrants from the island of Hainan are the creators of this culinary icon. While we know the person who first concocted the Singapore Sling – in 1915 by another Hainanese named NGIAM Tong Boon – the Head Bartender of the Raffles Hotel, no one knows when Hainanese Chicken Rice first appeared on our island state.
SOMMELIER AT HOME
When we sent out the notice for the second Petrus 1996 Dinner last week, it was – as
Just as you would never drink a red cold – cool is fine but no colder than that
You can’t but envy Faizal Zainudin. For three consecutive years – 2016, 2017 & 2018 – the Singaporean
Judging at Decanter World Wine Awards in London or Decanter Asia Wine Awards in Hong Kong, whenever I