Buah Keluak Pasta - Shen Tan's Pop-Up At Joan Bowen CafeBuah keluak pasta from Chef Shen Tan’s pop-up at Joan Bowen Cafe – buah keluak cooked with turmeric, blue ginger, garlic and shallots, minced pork and prawns, twice cooked pork belly. Every inch of well-lubricated pasta is positively slathered with the glorious black paste, which is simultaneously nuanced and forthcoming in its running quite the gamut of mouthly sensations – bitter, umami, salty, padi spicy. The pork belly is toe-curlingly marvellous, but even as my teeth were giving one slice a pleasurable grind, I was already planning my next forkful of ebony treasure. Ridiculously memorable and addictive. 4.4/5

This was a hosted meal courtesy of Joan Bowen Cafe, a social enterprise situated in MacPherson that is run almost entirely by staff with special needs. Shen Tan’s pop-up launches 15 April 2016 and runs for three months, and you can expect delectable local flavours-inspired creations such as Grilled Laksa Salad, Bak Chor Mee Pasta, Nasi Lemak with Crispy Chicken and Chef’s Shen Tan’s signature Shendol – no prizes for guessing what that is. You can call 62813629 or email [email protected] for reservations.

Joan Bowen Cafe
9 Jalan Wangi
Singapore 349354


Shawn is a full-time lawyer based in Singapore. Neither a professional critic, blogger nor photographer, Shawn is simply somebody who loves food and luxury hotels very much and (likes to think that he has) a quirky sense of humor. When Shawn is not premature ageing and turning his hair further grey due to stress and vicious deadlines, he is somewhere spending an exorbitant amount of money trying out new dining places and hotels.

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