SALT Magazine - - A Day With -

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."

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