Viddsee Originals is serving up a second helping of ‘Memories On A Plate’ by filmmaker Ng Yiqin. While the first season focused on the nourishment of the soul and food made from the heart – this second serving explores the deeper and more collective ties that bind.
From prepping to cooking to eating – what is it about making food or breaking bread together that fosters a bond? Undoubtedly, our relationship with food and each other builds memories of love, kindness and community.
In this season, Yiqin features another five Singaporean food stories. From dishing out Nasi Lemak and Sambal Tumis Udang to home-cooked Taiwanese beef noodles, these delectable feasts do more than fill the bellies of their guests.
Bringing Back Old School
Tinoq’s childhood memories were filled with the kampong spirit: slow, thoughtful and working with what life has given us. The ingredients are simple but can be made into something delicious. Tinoq relives his childhood by reviving the kampong spirit through a multi-sensory experience – from the pounding of the pestle & mortar, to the sizzling crackle of the sambal tumis udang and the fragrant coconut rice.
A Taste Of Friendship
Despite being far from home, these Indonesian helpers found a community with each other and shared a slice of home with their employers. The making of this traditional Javanese dish tightens their friendship and becomes a balm for their homesickness.
A Dish Anatomy
For many, Bak Kut Teh is a sacred dish that needs no improvement, but Ding Jie looks to “recreating” the traditional comfort food. He applies chemistry, food science and fermentation to the pork stew by infusing it with Tie Guan Yin Chinese Tea, keeping the dish true to its origins while giving it a new spin.
“Dhum” is to hold all the flavour, aroma and heat within the pot. That is what sets apart the Hyderabad Biryani from all other biryanis. Govind, the owner of Mr. Biryani spent his life perfecting the most authentic Biryani. It all pays off as he gets to serve what he deems the comfort food of the world.
Labour Of Love
Preparing meals can be a labourious task, but if you get to serve it with love – wouldn’t it be all worth it? The Lin sisters used to come together to eat their mum’s home-cooked meals, but now they come together to cook too. Eating the deliciously prepared food can be fleeting, but the memories do last forever.
Catch the first season of ‘Memories On A Plate’ by Ng Yiqin here.