Comfort and recovery food

Alexis Yap

LAST time I saw my friend Fiona Chan was well over a decade ago, when we used to work in the same company. Meeting her for lunch was a great opportunity to personally catch up and eat where the locals eat!

Her choice: Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice in United Square, her ultimate favorite restaurant in the Novena neighborhood. We met at Starbucks and walked to the restaurant where there was quite a line considering it was already 1:30 p.m. (we agreed on a late lunch).

First, she asked me if I was hungry, and I said yes. I was out drinking with some friends at Tantric on Neil Street the night before and I wanted some real good recovery food.

We definitely had to have some chicken rice, and we both agreed on the soya sauce roasted chicken. I’ve always preferred more pronounced flavors. The soup was served on the side – a delicious, clear, broth soup. We were right to order that one.

We also got some deserved crispy pork belly and some delicious, fresh, sautéed water spinach for balance.

The salted egg craze came up in our conversation so Fiona decided we get the Salted Egg Prawn for me to try. It was quite an interesting dish that I truly enjoyed!

With Fiona Chan at her favorite Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice.
Soft-boiled Egg with Soy Sauce and Pepper

We wiped out all the food on the table while catching up on our personal lives and Korean and Japanese TV dramas — which Fiona is really obsessed about! Mission accomplished! I got my recovery food while Fiona, got to get some nostalgic comfort food feels after eating there.

Coffee and dessert was at Toast Box in the same mall. We were meeting Fiona’s 11-year-old daughter Kelly there. Their black coffee with sugar is very good. I didn’t know until that time that Kaya Toast was to be paired with soft-boiled egg. You crack the egg on a small bowl, put some soy sauce and pepper to taste, and enjoy with your toast!

Kaya and eggs is breakfast food for the Singaporeans, hence the egg in the set that Fiona ordered for me. Well, one country’s breakfast is another man’s dessert! You learn something new every day.

Salted Egg Prawns
Toast Box’s Kaya Toast

Had such a great time catching up with Fiona and observe how she is as a mother to Kelly. It’s just amazing how much our lives have changed so much in the many years that went by, and yet somehow we remain the same people, at least to each other.

I think the same can be said about some of our favorite food. They may have changed somehow through the years, but the satisfaction and the comfort they bring remain the same. Now, how truly amazing is that?

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