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Discussion in 'Cookbook Reviews' started by phatch, May 15, 2018.
Just looking for deeper info on the topic.
I have these 2 books. They don't cover the whole spectrum of Singaporean cuisine, but the subjects they do cover are thorough enough to make you more knowledgeable than the general population in Singapore.
Shipping rates on those are brutal.
I bought them through Amazon.
I posted those links because they contain more info about the books to better help with your decision making.
Amazon only offers one of them used starting $78.00 at this time. Alibris, my preference for used books, offered neither of them. You timed it right when you bought those.
Amazon UK has hawker classics and will ship internationally more reasonably. They have the other used but that seller won't ship internationally.
Are you after Chinese, Malay, or Nonya cuisine? Kueh? Lots of Indian stuff too.
Not ready to go that granular yet.
Well, probably the most popular dish in S'pore is Hiananese chicken rice, followed by Mee goring, Nasi lemak, gado gado, Kueh lapis, and pineapple tart. Oh, and curry puffs....
Yeah, I got them both a long while ago; right when they first came out, I think.
I found another book on Singaporean food in my library. It's called "Shiok!: Exciting Tropical Asian Flavors". I missed it the first time I looked from the nonspecific title.
This is pretty much a recipe book. But each recipe has a somewhat informative introduction, and the recipes are grouped into categories like Hawker Favourites, Peranakan Classics, Home-style Dishes, etc.
So if you were to study the recipes carefully, you can kinda get a good sense of what Singaporean cuisine is all about.
Unfortunately, I believe it's out of stock on Amazon.
I appreciate all the input.
Made some Bak Chor Mee tonight with a recipe from the web. I liked it. A little pot intensive with all the toppings coming together for the final dish. I'd certainly make it again.
Charmaine Solomon's book has a section of Singaporean cooking (and Indonesian, Malay etc).
I think the book also exists in subsections.
I find the recipes pretty good. There are not many pictures/photographs in the book.
A good recipe book, but not very good for learning about new cuisines.
It doesn't have an introduction for every recipe; this becomes quite problematic when cooking a dish you are not familiar with, especially when it also doesn't include the picture of the dish.
True, that's why it's just a suggestion
Rest of my collection is mainly Indonesian and some Malay, or a mix of SE Asian cooking, like this one:
I've been looking around amazon and came accross this series: "Singapore heritage cookbooks".
I thought they sounded pretty good, so I ordered one of the editions.
I can give you more feedback in a couple of weeks, if you want.
I'd be interested in hearing your opinion
This series looks amazing. I have no idea why I had never heard of it. Thanks.
I shall add these books to my collection as soon as I save up enough money. Quite expensive they are.
If you're a Kindle user, they have three of the books at a lower price. I'm more epub focused though I theoretically know how to unlock the file and convert the format.