01 Sep '15, 6am

A Clockwork Feast in Singapore

Singapore, Saturday morning. I’m meeting an old acquaintance for one of our impromptu, increasingly rare catch-up sessions over breakfast. On any other occasion, the location for our meet-up would be one of the many brunch cafes that have mushroomed around the island in recent years. Probably a Melbourne-inspired, industrial or wood-themed “hole-in-the-wall” replica dispensing single-origin coffees, eggs cooked a dozen ways, and red velvet cheesecakes. This time around, however, we decide to forget brunch, and opt to jiak png (eat rice) instead. Forgo coffee for kopi , cake for kueh , and “Benedict” for “soft-boiled.” And so, tissue paper in tow—to mop up residual gravy stains on our mouths and beads of overeating-induced sweat—we decide to meet at the neighborhood hawker centre in the searing, sticky morning heat. Started in the 1960s as a measure to address the problems ...

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