Eating is a favourite pastime for Desmond Ngiam and Angeline.
Angelina and Desmond dated for three years before tying the knot in 2018.
He’s a physical commodities trader with an international trading house, while she works as a lawyer for a multinational company. Despite their busy schedules, they make sure they make time for themselves to unwind.
“Des and I motivate each other to work out four to five times a week and we both enjoy high intensity interval workouts,” Angelina shares.
What else do they do for leisure?
“Playing golf and watching a game of football over beers and pub food with the boys,” Desmond says. Angelina, however, enjoys curling up with a good book. “We also make it a point to go out for date nights on Fridays and have a leisurely breakfast on Sunday mornings since we travel for work on weekdays at times,” she continues.
Food obviously plays a great part in their lives. “I love Japanese cuisine, bak chor mee and a good hotpot,” Angelina says. Desmond, on the other hand, enjoys local fare such as wanton noodles, bak chor mee and prawn noodles.
What are your earliest memories of food?
Desmond: When I was four, I would accompany my mum to Serangoon Gardens wet market every Saturday morning, and would always order Hokkien noodles at a particular store. The owner watched me grew up from a toddler to an adult.
Angelina: As a child, I looked forward to going out for breakfast with my parents on weekends. To me it was a treat to head out, and, according to my mum, I would clean up all my food regardless of how it tasted!
How often do the both of you have supper?
Angelina and Desmond: About once or twice a month.
What are some of your favourite supper haunts in Singapore?
Angelina: Beauty In A Pot. It’s the best place to go to after a night out as the hot and flavourful soup base is so comforting. We also enjoy Punggol Nasi Lemak — it’s always a delicious and quick-fix choice as it is open till late in the East where we live. Best enjoyed with friends; the more the merrier!
Desmond: We also also love ordering Fei Fei Wanton Noodles and Dunman Road Fried Kway Teow from the delivery apps.
What was the best supper you ate?
Desmond: I was living and working in Bangkok for a while so some of the best suppers I had were at Jeh O Chula (seafood tom yam instant noodles with fried pork belly), Midnight Gai Ton (chicken rice), Raan Jay Fai (Michelin-starred crab omelette), Mont Nom Sod (toast with condensed milk and flavoured spreads).
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Angelina: Two places in Taiwan come to mind. I particularly enjoy the ice cream tofu broth at Wulao Guo — it’s a place that specialises in hot pot. There’s also the shabu shabu at Orange Shabu.
Are there any foods that you didn’t like as a child that now appreciate?
Desmond: Sashimi. My younger brother was more adventurous with trying out new food such as raw fish and I only caught up later.