Local cuisine is undoubtedly the crowning glory of Singaporean culture. However, it is very apparent to anyone who dines at traditional hawker stalls or family-run establishments, that these business owners are getting on in their years, and that few young people are attracted to this laborious and unglamorous profession.
Catch On The Red Dot on Mediacorp Channel 5 and on Toggle, which documents the lives of the few and the brave who can ‘Step Up To The Plate’.
Watch and hear these sons and daughters of beloved Singaporean food establishments tell their celebrated stories and take over the day-to-day operations of their parents’ iconic establishments.
On The Red Dot’s soon to air ‘Step Up To The Plate’ episodes (6th April, Channel 5 9.30pm and catch up on Toggle) will let you witness the unique stories at Rumah Makan Minang up close, as Minangkabau dishes like nasi padang, beef rendang, sambal lado hijau and ayam gulai are presented by their tenured owners to the next generation of this 64-year-old establishment.
You’ll also get to admire the intricacies of preparing classic Nonya treats like ayam buah keluak, Nonya laksa, kueh lapis, kueh salat and ondeh ondeh, from Alan (son of Harry and Ann) of HarriAnns, which dates back to 1940s when Alan’s Grandma started cooking kueh’s in Tiong Bahru.
Best of all, you’re invited to tuck into these flavourful dishes and meet the chefs from the show if you can answer this question related to the ‘Recover A Recipe’ Series (do note that there are limited slots available):
“What key ingredient of the Breudher cake did chef Quentin find in Melaka?”
The answer can be found on episode 2 of ‘Recover A Recipe’.
Join us on a food trail – On The Red Dot’s food crawl is happening on 30th March 2018, join the competition to savour these traditional favourites together with Seth Lui and experience how Singaporean cuisine is being preserved by a new wave hawkers, one signature dish at a time.
Join before 27th March and hashtag #OnTheRedDotCh5 on social media!