Born into a Peranakan and Eurasian family, chef Damian D'Silva has been cooking in his grandparents' kitchen since he was a young boy. Now 62 years old, D'Silva has made it his life's work to showcase what Singapore's ethnic cuisines have to offer at Folklore.
Soul food that speaks to the heart has always a part of this former aviation engineer's identity. He's run multiple kitchens in city, including Soul Kitchen and Immigrants, championing heritage food by preparing nostalgic dishes not commonly found in other restaurants due to the amount of manual labour and preparation time involved.
Despite living in Singapore, we bet you haven't tried some of these traditional recipes before, so check out Time Out's Balik Kampong Heritage Dinner to see what D'Silva has up his sleeves.
What is Singapore cuisine? That's a question chef-owner Han Li Guang – who quit his high-flying desk job in the banking industry to become a chef – of Labyrinth has struggled to answer since he first launched his restaurant.
Old iterations of Labyrinth's menu saw him reinterpreting classic local dishes, coming up with creations like chilli crab ice cream and chendol xiao long bao. But over the past year, he's been discovering more of what Singapore has to offer through its farm and local producers.
He's putting his discoveries on the table during the Balik Kampong Heritage Dinner – showcasing the creativity that earned him a Michelin-star in 2017 along the way.
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You might know him better as the chef behind Antoinette – the pretty French restaurant and patisserie with drool-worthy cakes and bakes – but this chef and pâtissier also runs a side business called Pang’s Hakka Delicacies, a tribute to his heritage, where he prepares forgotten Hakka kuehs and dishes.
Before striking out on his own, he was the executive chef of Les Amis' chain of patisseries, where he collected multiple awards including pastry chef of the year at the World Gourmet Summit.
He's showing off both his sweet and savoury side at Time Out Balik Kampong Heritage Dinner by preparing a main and a dessert for this epic seven-course meal.
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