Tan, Sylvia. Singapore Chronicles: Food. Co-Published by Singapore: Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore; Straits Times Press Pte Ltd, Singapore Press Holding, 2016.
Celebrating SG50, NUS’s Institute of Policy Studies launches Singapore Chronicles, a series of 50 books detailing different aspect of Singapore nation-building. In this particular book written by food expert Sylvia Tan who has also written Singapore Heritage Food and gave courses on Singapore food heritage to museum curators, she distill complicated information into text that is easily understood by the general public.
Ting, Kennie. Singapore Chronicles: Heritage. Co-Published by Singapore: Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore; Straits Times Press Pte Ltd, Singapore Press Holding, 2016.
Another book in the Singapore Chronicles series, this book specifically talks about the heritage of Singapore from 19th century to current time. It is written by Kennie Ting, a director at the National Heritage Board.
Tan, Terry. Stir-Fried and not Shaken. Singapore: Moonsoon Books Pte Ltd, 2008.
A memoir by TV Chef and food writer Terry Tan. This book provides “insights into a very different Singapore that existed from the 1940s to 1970s”. As food is a product of the culture of its time, having some background knowledge of how people lives during those time would shed some light on why certain dishes were done this way or why they were invented.
Wong, Hong Suen. Wartime Kitchen: Food and Eating in Singapore 1942-1950. Singapore: Editions Dodoer Millet Pte Ltd, 2009.
This easy-to-read book documents the life and struggles of the local population during the Japanese Occupation. It covers many areas including the social-political landscape, creativity and inventions during wartime and of course, food. It deals with how “people adapted to shortages”, asking questions like how rationing food work, the social order turned upside-down, and the aftermath of food supplies after Japan surrendered. In “reconstructing the history of food and eating in wartime Singapore”, this book provides many useful information during the short “dark chapter” in Singapore historical narrative.
Leong-Salobir, Cecilia. Food Culture in Colonial Asia. Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2011.
An academic book detailing the “social history of colonial food practices in India, Malaysia and Singapore” while also how the development of dishes contributed by Asian domestic servant between 1858 and 1963. Given part of Singapore cuisine originated overseas, it would contribute as to why and how certain dishes are created.
Duruz, Jean; Gaik Cheng Khoo. Eating Together: Food, Space, and Identity in Malaysia and Singapore. Selangor: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD), 2015.
On a topic closer to home, this book explores the “connections of food, space, and identify within everyday spaces of “public” eating in Malaysia and Singapore”. With food closely tied to the history coffee shops and hawker centres in Singapore, knowing the past and present of how eating spaces is being utilized give us a more holistic view of understanding of the concept of food.
Kong, Lily, editor; Sinha, Vineeta, editor. Food, Foodways and Foodscapes: Culture, Community and Consumption in Post-Colonial Singapore. Singapore: World Scientific Punlishing Co. Pte Ltd, 2016.
This book is a collection of essays by academics that provides insights into Singapore dishes and food culture, specifically in Post-Colonial Singapore. It covers a variety of topics, some more useful to this research than the others.
Tarulevicz, Nicole. Eating Her Curries and Kway: A Cultural History of Food in Singapore. Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2013.
This is a book by Asian Studies academic on the topic of Singapore food and how it relates to its culture, both in the past and present. The useful part of the book are covered in the beginning chapters.
Kong, Lily. Singapore Hawker Centres: People, Places, Food. Singapore: National Environment Agency, 2007.
Lai, Ah Eng, editor; Collins, Francis L., editor; Yeoh, Brenda S.A.. Migration and Diversity in Asian Context. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2013.
While mainly a sociology book, chapter 8 of this book discuss about Kopitiam and its history of immigration in Singapore.
Temasek Polytechnic. Singapore Hawker Classics Unveiled. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Cuisine, 2015.
While this book appears to be a generic cookbook, it does contain a collection of 25 dishes that are deemed important to Singapore’s cultural and historical narrative. More over, this SG50 book done collectively by Temasek Polytechnic’s Culinary Science faculty contains brief introduction to each of the dishes along with variations of the dish. This is important as some dishes do change and evolve as they are adapted into different countries and ethicities.
Low, Eric, contributor; Teo, Eric, contributor. City Haker Food Hunt: The Hawker Guide to our 50 Local Favourites, SG50 edition. Singapore: City Gas Pte Ltd (as Trustee), Shin Min Daily News, 2015.
A local food guidebook done for SG50 made for the general public. It contains brief introduction of 50 different Singapore dishes as well as having a section on Hawker Centres. It may look uninspiring, but it does complement previous information on which common daily dish are considered a ‘Singapore dish’.
Tay, Leslie. The End of Char Kway Teow and Other Hawker Mysteries. Singapore: Epigram Pte Ltd, 2010.
Written by local food expert, Dr Tay’s book is written in his signature blog-like style and provides many gems of information not usually covered by more academic-based publications. This is because Dr Tay would take his time to talk to the hawkers to learn of their stories and histories while providing his own commentaries. Moreover, this book provides insights to some of the more famous stores on this sunny island (basically map-able information). This would prove useful when tracking down hawkers to interview.
Loh, Johan. One Kopi at a Time. Singapore: Invasion Studios Pte Ltd, 2015.
Yet another book made just in time for SG50 celebration. This book is seemingly targeted at upper primary and lower secondary kids and can be completed in one sitting, but it is still pack with useful information regardless. While not every in-depth, it covers the surface of many areas such as the types of coffee beans, kopi socks, the popularity and rise of drinks stalls across the island, the social and economic landscape of that time and even the chairs and tables and why and how it came about. This book will serve well as a complementary reading to the history of Kaya Toast and Coffee Shop culture.
Tan, Sylvia. Mad About Food. Singapore : Times Books International, 2002.
Chan, Fiona, editor. Café|sg : a café lover’s guide to Singapore. Singapore: Straits Times Press, 2016.
Lee, Lizzy, author; Tan, Ivan, photographer. 巴刹 Pasar: The Personalities of Singapore’s Wet Market. Singapore: National Library Board, 2014. https://issuu.com/iremembersg/docs/pasar
Tan, Alvin. Wet Market: Community Heritage Series II. Singapore: National Heritage Board, 2013. https://roots.sg/learn/resources/publications/ebooks
National Archives of Singapore. Accessed 30 September 2016, http://www.nas.gov.sg/nas/
BookSG. Accessed 30 September 2016, http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/printheritage/index.htm
Singapore Infopedia. Accessed 27 September 2016, http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/
Roots.sg. Accessed 18 February 2017, https://roots.sg/
- CNN: Chili crabs and laksa: 10 Singapore street foods guaranteed to make you hungry
- BBC: Singapore’s food past and present
- Channel NewsAsia: ‘We have a culinary prejudice’: Dr Leslie Tay on the future of hawker culture
- Huffington Post: In Singapore, A Lively Food Culture, A Dying Heritage
- Straits Times: Singapore’s fading food hawker heritage
- MCCY: Celebrating and preserving Singapore’s food heritage
- Straits Times: Singapore story through food
- My Singapore Food: My Singapore Food campaign
- Remember Singapore: Singapore’s Vanished Markets and Hawker Centres
- Remember Singapore: Singapore Kopitiam Culture
- Epicure and Culture: An Introduction to Singaporean Kopi Culture
- NY Times: In Singapore, Taking Butter With Your Coffee
- Temasek Polytechnic: 25 Hawker Favourites Made Easy
- If Only Singaporeans Stopped to Think: Pulau Ubin Cultural Mapping Project: ‘Living heritage’ study of Ubin wraps up
- Channel NewsAsia: Pulau Ubin’s kampung spirit alive and well: NHB project
- EatSeeGo: The Migrant Kitchen–A new food series from KCET
- TODAY: Local artist launches book about Singapore’s coffee heritage
- Remember Singapore: Singapore’s Vanished Markets and Hawker Centres
- Overseas Singapore Unit: A Taste of History
- National Heritage Board: TALES OF PIRATES, SPIES AND MORE AT THE LAUNCH OF THE JURONG HERITAGE TRAIL (Media Release)
- National Environment Agency: Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre
- Makansutra: Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre: The Forsaken Place
- The Straits Times: Meaty profits
- The Straits Times: Hawker culture must evolve to ensure survival
- Channel NewsAsia: Incubation stalls, free Wi-Fi and performances: Hawker centre committee submits recommendations
|Post Name||Video Name and Link|
|Introduction of Project||Exploring the Cuisine of Singapore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81bB4fD-UhI
Singapore Discovered – Channel NewsAsia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyICqedHZts
|Draft List of Singapore Chinese Dish||Chicken Rice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPjAcyowB_w
Satay Bee Hoon @ Redhill Food Centre: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuhmo6DWQ2U
The History of Bak Kut Teh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OEzJ2zsV48
|National Museum of Singapore Field Trip||Singapore – Crossroads of the East: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvvhY6DtfZs
Singapore – The Lion City 1957: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw7toyYrqjs
Singapore Awakening 1983: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2BeLr-sXmo
|National Narrative, Personal Stories||The Singapore Food Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81bB4fD-UhI
BCC News – Can Singapore’s Food Heritage Survive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOIFythUEqU
Dying Local Trade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95px2cDiBEQ
|The Migrant Kitchen||The Migrant Kitchen 1-Hour Special: https://www.kcet.org/shows/the-migrant-kitchen/episodes/the-migrant-kitchen-1-hour-special|
- National Gallery Singapore
- 1 St Andrew’s Road #01–01. Singapore 178957, Free for Citizen & PR: https://www.nationalgallery.sg
- National Museum of Singapore
- 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897, Free for Citizen & PR: http://nationalmuseum.sg/
- Peranakan Museum
- 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941, Free for Citizen & PR: http://peranakanmuseum.org.sg/
- Malay Heritage Centre
- 85 Sultan Gate Singapore 198501, Free for Citizen & PR: http://malayheritage.org.sg/en
- Indian Heritage Centre
- 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924, Free for Citizen & PR: http://indianheritage.org.sg/en
- Chinatown Heritage Centre
- 48 Pagoda Street Singapore 059207, $15 for Adults: http://chinatownheritagecentre.com.sg/
- Eurasian Heritage Centre
- Eurasian Community House – 139 Ceylon Road, Singapore 429744, Free for Walk-in Visitors: http://www.eurasians.org.sg/eurasians-in-singapore/eurasian-heritage-centre/
- Nanyang Old Coffee Mini-Museum
- Chinatown, Singapore 268 South Bridge Road: http://nanyangoldcoffee.com/mini-singapore-coffee-museum.html