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!
I recently came across this fine work of art, photography, and knife skills (of which classically-trained chefs would certainly be proud of). Could anything else seem more beautifully composed?
Quoted from lernertandsander.com:
Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant asked us to make a photograph for their documentary photography special, with the theme Food. We transformed unprocessed food into perfect cubes of 2,5 x 2,5 x 2,5 cm.
For those who think they are able to name all the ingredients in this piece; head on over to Sporcle to test your food-identifying supremacy. The catch? You only have fifteen minutes to successfully name all ninety-eight pieces of cubed food – though some may be repeated. Good luck!