Manila, Philippines – For 27 years now, the Singapore Meals Pageant 2020 (SFF), the Lion Metropolis’s much-awaited occasion that showcases native culinary and F&B expertise, has been fueling love for brand new flavors whereas unleashing the foodie spirit in everybody. In any case, Singapore’s multi-ethnic tradition is properly represented in its different and colourful dishes—from Hen Rice to Nasi Lemak; Roti Prata to Claypot Rice—every possessing their very own distinct flavors and tastes.
With the theme “Rediscover the Foodie in You,” Singapore Tourism Board’s Singapore Meals Pageant 2020 introduced collectively greater than 25 F&B companions who converged to serve up gastronomic experiences that allowed audiences to benefit from the competition from the comforts of their house. Held throughout two weekends in August—August 21-23, 2020, and August 28-30, 2020—Singapore’s eating scene instantly got here to life within the type of digital meals excursions, stay masterclasses, chef collaborations, meals bundles, and limited-edition meals merchandise.
“As we took the Singapore Meals Pageant on-line and digital for the primary time, we wished foodies the world over to rediscover Singaporean delicacies from wherever they might be,” says Ruby Liu, Singapore Tourism Board’s Philippines Space Director. “This 12 months’s programming actually had one thing for everybody, mixing the enjoyment of feasting with interactive and interesting experiences, particularly with the stay masterclasses and digital meals excursions.”
One of many not-to-be-missed occasions within the SFF 2020 was the Masterclass dubbed 2Fast, 2Delicious – Hokks & Clay by Slake (Singapore) x Cibo (Philippines), which had Chef Margarita Forés nearly collaborate with famed Singaporean Chef Ming Tan as they simply ready Hokkien Mee, a noodle dish utilizing prawn inventory; and Hen Claypot Rice, a well-loved rice casserole, stay from their respective international locations.
Forés, ambassador of Filipino delicacies and voted Asia’s Finest Feminine Chef for 2016, is the proprietor of eating places Cibo, Lusso, Grace Park, and signature caterer Cibo di Marghi. Chef Ming Tan, in the meantime, together with his over 10 years within the hospitality trade, is presently the managing associate of the Slake Collective which incorporates homegrown manufacturers like KIAP and Tokidon, in addition to the marketing consultant chef for JAM at Siri Home, and is the a part of Channel Information Asia’s top-rating collection “For Meals’s Sake.”
By using Slake’s Rattling Simple Hokkien Mee and On-the-Spot Claypot Rice kits, each Chef Ming Tan and Chef Margarita Forés confirmed simply how simple it’s to organize scrumptious signature Singapore dishes—all in underneath 15 minutes! After all, every chef additionally shared a number of of their very own private taste secrets and techniques—displaying everybody how anybody at house can stage up their house eating expertise.
For her Hokkien Mee interpretation, Chef Margarita ingeniously added pork stomach, chicharon, crispy fish, river prawn, and talangka or crab fats for that tangy Filipino contact. For her Claypot Rice, Filipino chorizo gave it a definite and delectable style.
For Chef Ming Tan’s tackle Hokkien Mee in the meantime, he added blow-torched soy-marinated pork shabu with crispy fish and calamansi. For his Claypot Rice, goose liver sausage, lap cheong, and aged chai poh had been fantastic taste additions.
Noting the similarities within the cuisines of each international locations, Chef Tan says that “Filipino delicacies, like Singaporean delicacies, enjoys sturdy flavors and we like our bitter issues too” and that the 2 cultures “have related style preferences, use related components like herbs and spices”.
For her half, Chef Forés observes that “the similarities are extra evident with meals with sturdy Malay influences from the South of the Philippines like curries and Rendangs.” Furthermore, she says, “the Chinese language slant in Singaporean dishes is one thing you could find in each international locations.”
As these two acclaimed cooks demonstrated by way of their respective culinary creations, Singapore and the Philippines have a lot in frequent food-wise. These similarities assist in bolstering our cultural ties, forging nearer bonds fostered within the kitchen and over the eating desk. With each ingredient, each taste profile, and each dish produced, we get to find extra about one another—and what higher means to take action than by way of the wonders of meals!