Azrie developed a fervent passion for food at an early age. He watched his grandmother, Madam Habibah, cook up such a storm that she would develop a burning fever the next day.
As a child, he would be the designated bag-carrier when grandma visited the market, and he was always by her side when she cooked up delicious meals for the family.
That’s how they came to cook up a Nasi Ayam Lebanon, a well-loved Madam Habibah invention and a family affair.
Madam Habibah tweaked the dish to suit the Singaporean Malay palate and served the spicy rice dish with curry, spiced pickles and spiced pineapples.
It’s a highly-anticipated dish during the Ramadan fasting month, and also on the second day of the Eid celebrations.
Madam Habibah has passed on the recipe and the torch to Azrie, and now that he has a son, he, too will try to keep that flame alive.
Kampong Kitchen is the third episode of the Memories On A Plate social documentary series, featuring Singaporeans and their intimate stories and memories of food. The five-episode series will feature personal family histories and collective heritage from a 91 year-old Hokkien grandfather, migrant workers from South India, a Malay grandmother and her grandson, a chef with a hawker background and a newly-wedded couple.
Memories On A Plate is part of the Viddsee Voices project to develop original films that explore with local content creators issues commonly overlooked in our society.