23 Nov '14, 1am

Oh look! I wrote something about looking for Authenticity in food.

Oh look! I wrote something about looking for Authenticity in food.

It’s near the end of 2014 and I’m still seeing people using the old “authenticity” stick to win arguments about cuisine. It’s a meaningless label because authenticity in cuisine is a sham. And it can be a millstone hanging around a cook’s neck. It’s quite silly, especially when used in the Singaporean context because we’re a nation formed by immigrants who came from all over. Our grandparents came to Singapore, in search of a better life, had to adapt, improvise and overcome the differences in environment. To sneer at their food and say it’s not “authentic” is not only missing the point, it’s downright disrespectful. I was once asked by a recently-departed food blogger to arbitrate an argument on “authentic Italian”. The term “authentic Italian” itself is meaningless. Italy consists of 20 regions, each region has its own style of cooking. So what does “authentic Italian” m...

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