Peranakan cuisine’s flavors are developed through its labor-intensive, time-consuming preparation, a stark contrast from the relatively easier fare of hawker stalls.
Growing up, whenever he sets foot in the family home, he remembers the alluring aroma emanating through the whole house while his grandmother, mother, and other elder relatives were in the kitchen cooking. It is these memories and his love for food that eventually led him to take culinary arts at Sunrice Global Chef Academy and, after, open Candlenut, which continues to highlight the food he grew up loving but has adapted to the contemporary times.
There, in the heart of the island’s Chinatown, this rising star serves refined versions of authentic Peranakan dishes that tantalize with rich, spicy flavors in exotic combinations. The food can be described as spicy yet herbal, pungent yet aromatic. It takes