Feeling peckish after attending a charity event some years ago, the four friends decided to head out for supper together, and a mutual love for food has kept the friendship going strong till today. They affectionately call their group “hummies” because they’re always looking for places that serve good hum (cockles). The only one who’s not a fan of the bloody-tasting molluscs is Michelle, although she’s a Hummie by default as she’s married to Adrian.
Do all of you have the same preferences when it comes to food?
Kwai Sum: We’re partial towards Japanese cuisine, and we’re also all big fans of briny shellfish such as uni, oysters and cockles – well, with the exception of Michelle!
What is one local dish you love?
Alicia: The chicken rice at Kampong Chicken Eating House at Outram Road! It’s pure perfection; the chicken is tender and smooth, with an under-skin jelly that solidifies to a clear gel, and it is served with well-flavoured fluffy rice and a rich chicken broth soup.
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What are your go-to supper spots?
Adrian: So many! Off the top of my head, J.B. Ah Meng Restaurant at Geylang for zi char (a mish-mash of dishes cooked to order) and Fu Ming Cooked Food at Redhill Food Centre, for its carrot cake.
Alicia: There’s also Old House at Neil Road for zi char and Eminent Frog Porridge at Geylang.
Michelle: Lao You Ji Fishhead Steamboat Seafood Restaurant at Outram Road remains one of my favourite zi char spots due to its proximity to my home; I love its KL Hokkien mee, and the bittergourd and tofu soup. But I’m also partial to Sin Hoi Sai Seafood Restaurant at Tiong Bahru and its fish porridge.
Is there a dish that holds a special place in your heart?
Kwai Sum: The sambal timun (spicy pork cucumber salad) made by my grandmother.
Alicia: My late grandmother’s wonderful dark soya sauce chicken, which was a regular feature at our Sunday dinners.
Michelle: The home-made tang yuan (glutinous rice balls, usually served in sweet broth) my grandparents used to make when I was a child.
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