Is there room for both local classics and global food fads in our vibrant foodscape?
Despite our geographical constraints, we are spoilt with a diverse food scene peppered with cafes and restaurants that serve up a decidedly wide range of international cuisines. But between the modish hipster cafes and swanky celebrity chef-backed fine dining establishments, has local fare lost its foothold? Has our pampered palates lost its taste for the oldtime favourites? We take a closer look at the local culinary happenings.
LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS
Mention Singaporean cuisine and one of the first dishes that comes to mind has to be the chilli crab. At Long Beach Seafood, the beloved crustacean dish has had both locals and tourists alike returning for more. Says the management, “The positive reception of our signature dishes has encouraged us to venture into the fusion craze to cater to the diverse tastebuds of our customers, who hail from different parts of the world, while maintaining the culinary traditions that locals can still appreciate.”
Thus, although there is a hunger for contemporary reinventions, the classics lay the foundation for their success and, indeed, existence. Also, while globallysourced produce with geographic tags like
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