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The UTW (“Under Ten Words”): Singapore heritage cuisine offering hearty, home-style comfort.

The must-orders (if any): Sambal Buah Keluak Fried Rice, Babi Assam

Summary: Situated within the Destination Singapore Beach Road near Nicoll Highway MRT, Folklore is a new Singapore heritage cuisine concept (essentially dishes with Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian and Peranakan influences) headed by Singaporean chef Damian D’Silva, and you can expect hearty, home-style comfort in every dish. The 4 Angled Bean Salad plays a spicy, prickly, raw and tropical game, whilst elsewhere the sweet Babi Assam evokes thoughts of salted vegetable pig organ soup and the Kueh Kosui is akin to a kosong ondeh ondeh crossed with soft, chewy mochi. The massive headline star of the meal is indisputably the Sambal Buah Keluak Rice, a happily oiled tour de force that delivers Heart Attack Fried Rice-esque thrills with an earthy buah keluak twist.

4 Angled Bean Salad - Folklore4 Angled Bean Salad – green mango, 4 angled bean, green and red chillies, ginger flower, kaffir lime leaves and dried shrimp tossed in a sweet sour, sambal belachan sauce ($12).

Masak Lemak - FolkloreMasak Lemak – spinach, sweet potato leaves and kang kong in a lightly-spiced gravy enriched by fresh coconut milk ($14).

Sambal Juliana with Fried Brinjal - FolkloreSambal Juliana with Fried Brinjal – sambal made with shallots, shrimp paste, shallots and chillies enhanced with fresh lime juice, gula melaka and dried shrimp ($14).

Peranakan Chap Chye - FolklorePeranakan Chap Chye – classic Nonya Chap Chye made with pork and prawn stock and braised till all the flavour has been absorbed by the ingredients ($16).

Chilled Tofu with Pidan - FolkloreChilled Tofu with Pidan – tofu with pickled radish and century egg ($12).

Singgang - FolkloreSinggang – deboned wolf herring cooked in a non spicy paste ($20).

Babi Assam - FolkloreBabi Assam – belly pork braised slowly with cinnamon and star anise in a tamarind gravy till tender then fried before serving ($22).

Oxtail Stew - FolkloreOxtail Stew – Singapore Heritage style stew cooked the old way with potatoes and carrots in a thick and rich gravy ($26).

Hati Babi Bungkus - FolkloreHati Babi Bungkus (4 pieces) – minced pork and liver marinated with coriander, tamarind, soya sauce and shallots, wrapped in caul fat then grilled, served with pickled mustard leaves ($18).

- FolkloreSambal Buah Keluak Fried Rice ($22).

Baked Custard with Gula Melaka - FolkloreBaked Custard with Gula Melaka ($12).

Kueh Bengkah with Ice Cream - FolkloreKueh Bengkah with Ice Cream ($10).

Kueh Kosui - FolkloreKueh Kosui ($6).


Grade: Very high B3 to on the dot A2.

Folklore
Destination Singapore Beach Road
700 Beach Road
Singapore 199598

This was a hosted meal, courtesy of Folklore.

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Shawn began documenting his food experiences since he started reading Law at the National University of Singapore. Initially he turned to food for solace from the rigours of university life, and food eventually became his safe haven away from the horrors of legal practice. However, it dawned on him one day that he has become sufficiently enlightened about the magic of discovering new and good food, and that it was time to share his findings with others. Instead of aligning himself with the vast sea of vanilla foodie influencer-style of writing, which would admittedly open more doors in terms of free meals and public relations love, Shawn decided to approach food writing by way of satirical humour, turning the don't-ya-wanna-eat-what-I'm-eating-cuz-I'm-a-public-figure self-importance/self-indulgent gravitas of Instagram foodie-ism in Singapore on its head and conveying his thoughts about food in a manner which is decidedly obscure at times and on others, frankly nonsensical. The rigours of legal practice and desire for a form of indulgent escape led to Shawn's second passion - experiencing and writing about new and luxury hotel properties. Secret Life of Fatbacks is an extension of Shawn's Instagram account (@Larvitar). For intellectual property reasons, he is unable to name the website anything related to the titular Pokémon character. Feel free to ask him in person what "Fatbacks" refers to. Shawn is not a professional critic, blogger or photographer. He is simply a guy who loves food and luxury hotels very much and (likes to think that he has) a quirky sense of humor. Shawn is presently a full-time lawyer, and when he is not premature ageing 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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