With the festive season kicking into full gear in various parts of the world, now’s the time to enjoy celebratory food with family and friends.
Words: R. Rajendra
The Arts & Cultural Centre of INDOCAFE along Scotts Road in Singapore invites you to savour teatime favourites inspired by the Peranakan (Straits Chinese) at its Peranakan High Tea. Enjoy a selection of teas or even exotic kopi luwak (civet coffee) in an environment that is resplendent with Peranakan history and artefacts while savouring cakes, sweetmeats and pastries such as Mini Steamed Penang Otah with Pan Seared Hokkaido Scallops, Buah Keluak on Crispy Man Tou, Mini Grilled Seafood Nasi Lemak and Wagyu Beef Cheek Rendang on Crunchy Rice Cracker. High tea is served daily between 3.00pm to 5.30pm and prices start from SGD34 per person according to beverage of choice. http://thehouseofindocafe.com
Raya in the Air
What better way to usher in Eid-ul-Fitr (Hari Raya Aidilfitri) festivities than to feast on traditional Malay delicacies! This specially-crafted meal comprises Nasi Hujan Panas (fragrant rice), beef rendang (spicy dried meat dish) with a side dish of pickled vegetables and wajik (glutinous rice and palm sugar cake). The meal is available for sale on board AirAsia AK flights (MYR19 with a choice of orange juice, coffee or tea) and for pre-booking online (MYR15 with 100ml mineral water). www.airasia.com
You can literally eat your way around the world but when visiting these countries it’d be a travesty to miss these delicious dishes. Ask around, follow your nose or look for the longest queue for the best eateries in town.
- Peking Duck (crispy roasted duck) in Beijing
- Masala Dosa (rice and lentil pancakes with savoury potato filling) in Chennai, South India
- Assam Laksa (rice noodles in tangy and spicy broth) in Penang, Malaysia
- Pho (noodles in beef broth) in Hanoi, Vietnam
- Green Curry in Bangkok, Thailand
- Chilli Crab in Singapore
- Nasi Padang (assortment of meats and vegetables served with rice) in Sumatra, Indonesia
- Egg Tarts in Macau