When I was invited to cook at the Michelin gala dinner and I had to do a dessert, the first thing that came to my mind was chendol because I really enjoy eating it here. With the flavours, the textures, it really is one of the best dishes that you can eat in Singapore.
In the dish, we have red bean parfait and coconut sorbet, and we made flavoured ice with ginger ale. There’s mango, sago cooked with coffee and gula Melaka. For the parfait, we used a Japanese red bean which I think it has a very distinct and refined sort of flavour to it.
How is this dish representative of your cooking style at Cheek By Jowl?
It was about creating something that I could serve here (at the restaurant). It could be chendol because the flavours and textures are there, but it’s a completely different dish from chendol that you would generally get. This is more like a restaurant version, that hopefully justifies what chendol is.