Paulina and her husband Thomas Welte have called Singapore home since 2004. Both her children, Jack and Annabel, were born here and speak with a charming Singlish inflection. Supper is a regular affair for all members of the family: Annabel usually eats with her training buds after playing netball in the evenings; Jack, an avid stunt scooter rider, goes for a bite with his friends after riding late into the night; Paulina and Thomas head to their favourite supper spots on the way home from gala events. The whole family usually gets together for a late-night feast on Fridays and Saturdays, during which they’ll catch up with one another over takeaways.
What’s the one dish all of you enjoy?
Paulina: We love Cheok Kee Duck Rice at East Coast Lagoon Food Village for its scrumptious thick and gooey lor (gravy). We eat this at least once a week – there’s always a long queue!
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What local dish have you mastered cooking at home?
Paulina: Nasi lemak! We love the fragrant rice, so we learned to make it ourselves with fresh coconut milk from Geylang Serai Market and pandan leaves from our own herb garden. We replace the ikan kuning (yellowtail scad) with fillets of salmon.
What are some of your favourite late- night food joints?
Jack: I really like Geylang Famous Beef Kway Teow – better known as “Geylang Lor 9 beef hor fun” – for its moreish gravy. Leng Heng Chicken Rice at East Coast Lagoon Food Village is also a reliable choice.
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