THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
Damian D’Silva of Folklore restaurant (open since July 2017) speaks of his biggest culinary influence, his grandfather, with deep admiration and love. He tells me, with great pride in his voice, that his grandfather could cook any cuisine, including Cantonese, Hokkien, Malay, Indian, and of course, Eurasian.
It was at the age of 11 that D'Silva expressed interest in cooking. But convincing his grandfather to teach him wasn't an easy feat. He started by watching his grandfather in the kitchen. "Watching him, I learnt much. For example, the simple task of cutting onions: I learnt that you would cut them with and against the grain for different dishes." When his grandfather realised that D'Silva was earnest about learning, he started trusting him with his recipes. There was nothing like his grandfather's food, D'Silva says, "I visited many houses as a young child, but very few households had food with the same taste and flavour."