10 Aug '12, 10am

Did you know there's a love story behind Yam Ring? #yamring #Singapore #lovestory

Did you know there's a love story behind Yam Ring? #yamring #Singapore #lovestory

Text by Sheere Ng @ Makansutra Dragon Phoenix Yam Ring. That Deep-fried Crispy Yam Ring, where mashed yam is moulded into a ring, battered, deep-fried and then stuffed with stir-fried vegetables, was created by Mr Hooi Kok Wai, one of the Four Culinary Heavenly Kings. But did you know it has a heart warming love story behind it? Back in 1958, when Mr Hooi was a chef at the old Cathay Restaurant, he met his wife, Mdm Leong Ah Lin, who was then a server at the restaurant. Love blossomed and the courtship became hotter than his kitchen. A couple of years later, Mr Hooi proposed. “He is an honest man, very hardworking and good at cooking,” says Mdm Leong in Cantonese. But, orphaned Mdm Leong, who was raised by nuns, had very strict house rules and was forbidden to befriend men. So to convince them that he is worthy of her, they hooked up for a “due diligence” dinner meeting an...

Full article: http://www.makansutra.com/foodblog/?p=7079

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