Singapore Food Makes Me Hungry
Artsence@SouthBridge ‘Jios’ You On A Magical Local Culinary Journey With Its New Book ‘Singapore Food Makes Me Hungry’
Readers will be salivating when they feast their eyes on the beautiful illustrations which adorn the pages of Artsence@SouthBridge’s first book which was launched on 12 October 2019.
Singapore Food Makes Me Hungry is penned by two of Artsence@SouthBridge’s founders Jennifer Lim (Jenn) and Geraldine Koh (Geri) with the latter also the book’s illustrator. Both Jenn and Geri are very familiar and enamoured with Singapore’s local food scene having been raised and lived in Singapore for most of their lives. The book is a celebration of Singapore’s ubiquitous hawker culture, containing illustrations and detailed descriptions of many unique local dishes. Many of these dishes can traced back to each of Singapore’s major racial groups which have many popular dishes sold in hawker centres across the island.
The front cover evokes memories of ordering takeaway from a ‘zi char’ stall. ‘Zi char’ is a Hokkien phrase describing stalls which sell Chinese dishes meant for sharing and customers can choose from at least twenty different dishes of vegetables, meat, seafood, rice and noodles. The food may be consumed on site or if customers choose to eat it elsewhere, it is usually packed into a thin white paper box. The phrase ‘jio le’ can be found on the front cover and it is a Teochew phrase meaning to invite people and reflects Artsence@SouthBridge inviting readers to go on a gastronomical journey as they flip through the book.
The book’s pages contain details about each featured dish; information such as its origins, what ingredients go into it and even how it is made. Readers will also find full page illustration of each dish, beautifully drawn by the book’s illustrator Geri Koh. With each dish’s section, readers are also prompted to pen down their personal opinions on the dish itself. They can embark on a cross-island journey to try each dish or venture out to their neighbourhood’s local coffeeshop or hawker centre to refresh their memories and taste buds. This is not a book meant to be passively read, as further evidenced by a section on popular local beverages such coffee or ‘kopi’ and tea or ‘teh’ where readers are asked to tick the types of drinks they have consumed.
The back of the book contains more than just the standard paragraphs about the authors because readers will find pieces of paper containing printed sketches of the dishes featured in the book. These sketches are not coloured to allow readers to paint the them using colour pencils. How they paint them is of course left to the preference of the readers.