Where celebrities eat: Chef Eric Neo

Do we not often ponder the preferred dining spots of renowned chefs in Singapore, where they spend their leisure time or enjoy meals with their families? Thus, we’ve decided to launch a monthly feature on the eating habits of celebrities and online personalities in Singapore, and this one kicks off with Chef Eric Neo.

where celebrities eat - Chef Eric Neo
Credit – Chef Eric Neo

For local TV viewers, you may have seen Chef Eric on Mediacorp’s King Of Culinary alongside Chef Pung and Chef Eric Teo. For those unfamiliar with him, Chef Eric possesses vast experience in the culinary industry.

With over 30 years of culinary expertise under his belt, Chef Eric is a seasoned veteran in the hospitality and F&B industry. His impressive resume includes stints at notable establishments such as Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, InterContinental Singapore, and his current role as the Executive Chef at Capella Singapore.

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Among the numerous awards and accolades in his repertoire, Chef Eric currently holds the esteemed position of President of the Singapore Chefs’ Association and serves as a certified judge for culinary competitions at the World Association of Chefs’ Societies. He was also the chairperson of the Asian Culinary Institute Panel of Chefs.

where celebrities eat - Peranakan cuisine

Here’s a little about him:

Which cuisine would be your top choice, and why?
I will always gravitate towards Asian cuisine, especially our local Singaporean dishes and Peranakan delicacies. Oh, and not forgetting my love for seafood. The freshness and explosion of flavours in these dishes will never make me get sick of them.

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During your days off or after work, where do you like to dine or order takeaways from?
On my off days, I like to explore trendy cafes and new restaurants to see what’s being offered. This will make me understand the kind of dishes and vibes the younger generation appreciates.

where celebrities eat - fried rice

My takeaways are simple: Fried rice, Hokkien mee or Teochew porridge. Oh, it can also be McDonalds at times!

where celebrities eat - katong jago teochew mee

Can you name 1 particular hawker or kopitiam stall that you love?
I have 2 actually. Katong (Jago) Teochew Mee Pok Kway Teow Mee and Katong Jago Carrot Cake. Both stalls are located at Brunners Coffeeshop at 228 East Coast Road.

where celebrities eat - jago carrot cake
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Which dish? Why do you like it? How long have you been patronising them?
Fishball noodles and carrot cake. They’re both fresh, tasty and cooked a la minute. I’ve been eating at those 2 stalls for the past 6 years.

Name 1 restaurant in Singapore that you would choose for more formal events or family gatherings.
Imperial Treasure Steamboat Restaurant at 111 Somerset.

where celebrities eat - imperial treasure steamboat restaurant

Which dish? Why do you like it? How long have you been patronising them?
The steamboat stocks are great, especially the drunken chicken. The ingredients are premium and of good quality. I’ve been going there for 10 years.

Can you name 1 particular junk food that you love and why?
Oh, I can’t resist cuttlefish especially the sweet and slightly spicy versions. I love the umami flavours coming from it!

where celebrities eat - otah

Can you name 1 street food that you always takeaway for light snacks?
That’s easy— Singapore-style otah. I can eat 20 sticks at a go!

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