Firstly, please accept my apologies for the awful pun as this post’s header – I just couldn’t help it.
Anyways… It’s not often that I get speechless and awed by something magical and spectacular. Today isn’t one of those days. Words cannot describe what you are about to see, so I shall just let the following images and videos do the talking. A word of advice; hunger pangs will be evident – you have been warned!
While we’re on the subject of eggs, allow the legendary Jacques Pepin to demonstrate the proper and near-flawless technique of making an omelette. Simply breathtaking.
I’m still drooling over the omelette-split in the Japanese omurice Instagram video…
Source: We Can Watch Videos of Omurice (Japanese Omelet Rice) All Day (First We Feast)
In a follow-up to their previous video which featured “Singaporean snacks/food”, Buzzfeed has come up with another video that showcases a number of dishes easily and readily available in Singapore’s ubiquitous (but often under-appreciated and overlooked) hawker centres.
The generally positive comments by the men and women in the video instilled a sense of pride in my food-crazed self; comparable to that of hearing one’s national anthem at an Olympic Games medal ceremony.
While we’re on the topic of pride; the comments section of the video is littered with people attempting to be gastronomically patriotic – as expected. Sadly, these individuals have only managed to come off as being silly, petulant, and ignorant: rambling endlessly about the “authenticity” and “originality” of the dishes showcase in the aforementioned video, while making statements about neighbouring nations having better tasting food – all of which reek of emotionally-charged bravado and appear to be nothing more than a vehement expression of what can be considered to be a case of culinary chauvinism.
The burning question on my mind is: Why we can’t just discard the false and misleading label of “authentic” food (what is “authentic” food anyway?) and appreciate food – along with its countless nation/culture-crossing renditions – simply for its multi-sensory satisfying properties?
While exchanging e-mails with Adam Shah (The Halal Food Blog) with proposals and ideas regarding the Table Talk feature, he suggested that we both participate in a “food blogging exchange/collaboration”; where I will feature The Halal Food Blog on my platform, and I will be featured on his. Without hesitation, I gladly agreed to this idea; and the rest, as they say, is history.
I immediately decided on one of my go-to eateries as the venue for our meet-up – Sinaran Muslim Seafood. Halal Chinese-style cze char dishes are the main feature at this establishment; which often sees a full house during evenings and weekends. Advance reservations by families are commonplace so as to avoid the disappointment of not being able to secure a seat.
Penned in an enthusiastic and eloquent manner; Adam Shah, together with his brother Azlan Shah give their take on the dishes we had on that night. Don’t forget to drop by and say hello to the folks from The Halal Food Blog for more halal dining options in and around Singapore!