Saturday, 23 August 2014

A Remarkable Peranakan Lunch with Candlenut's Malcolm Lee and Ascott CEO Lee Chee Koon

I was recently invited to a remarkable lunch hosted by young Peranakan chef Malcolm Lee of Candlenut Restaurant, and Ascott Serviced Apartments' CEO Lee Chee Koon.  The occasion was the launch of a Peranakan cookbook authored by Lee to celebrate Ascott's 30th anniversary, and which will be placed in Ascott properties worldwide.  I saw a delicious irony in Lee being enlisted by Ascott to celebrate such a significant milestone, given Malcolm's heralded Candlenut Restaurant is housed at the rival Dorsett Residences near Outram Park.  But evidently, neither Malcolm nor Ascott (nor Dorsett!) were particularly concerned about this.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

A Review of Iniala Beach House, Phang Nga - Big Luxury in Little Paradise

So there I was, sitting at the back of my airport pickup from Phuket International and snacking on a caviar tin full of chilled passionfruit spherifications topped with a dainty mint leaf, when my friendly driver makes a throwaway remark.  "Oh Khun Julian, you are so lucky that you didn't fly in last night.  Last night, the police wrongly arrested a local village man for rape, so the villagers started demonstrating and blocked the bridge.  You wouldn't have been able to come to the resort!"

Bridge?  What bridge?

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Storing Wine in Singapore - A 2014 Update

I have been meaning to update my 2012 post on wine storage options in Singapore, and despite my tendency to procrastinate, my hand was recently forced - my wines were evicted! (well, kind of...)

An Eviction of a More Serious Kind...

Saturday, 26 July 2014

A Review of Restaurant Labyrinth, Singapore - No Bull?

One of my favourite Greek myths when I was growing up was that of Theseus and the Minotaur.  Theseus, the son of Poseidon and legendary founder-king of Athens, volunteered to be sent to Crete with an annual tribute of seven youths and seven maidens fair, who would enter the maze known as the Labyrinth.  In the Labyrinth, Theseus would encounter and slay the vicious Minotaur, the hybrid man-bull which demanded fresh human flesh as part of its diet.

Unlike Theseus, I was hoping, as I entered Singapore's Labyrinth, that I wouldn't have to put up with any bull.

Cooks in Action at Labyrinth's Counter-Style Kitchen