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epicure August 2018

epicure is a monthly gourmet lifestyle magazine designed for bon vivants who share the belief that food is the ultimate universal language. We are on an enthusiastic quest to seek out the latest dining trends, sniff out remarkable wine vintages, and uncover the dynamics and intricacies of the local and international culinary scene.

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authenticity in the context of food

One of my favourite weekend meals to cook at home is a fusion pasta adapted from chef Willin Low’s Singapore Pesto recipe. The Italian elements are spaghetti and olive oil, but the rest of the ingredients are as Asian as they come: candlenuts, basil leaves, bird’s eye chillies, dried shrimps and curry leaves. It’s an easy task blending these Asian ingredients in a food processor until you get a thick, fragrant paste. It’s aromatically delicious with Chinese ginger chicken too. Italian food purists will probably scoff at this rendition, but there’s no doubt that this dish is an umami bomb, and taste is always the end result I seek. In recent years, culinary authenticity has become an increasingly fervent cause as more chefs eschew the bells and whistles of molecular gastronomy…

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epicure loves

Morpheus Luxurious retreats are aplenty in Macau, but with the unveiling of Morpheus in June, Cotai now exudes new lustre. Designed by the late Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect, Zaha Hadid, the hotel is an arresting sight within City of Dreams, an integrated resort. The stunning free-form geometric grid surrounding its exterior does more than paint a pretty picture. It negates the need for obstructing structures that would clutter the interiors, giving famed interior designer Peter Remedios the dream canvas for its 770 rooms, suites and two-storey sky villas. The capacious rooms not only offer commanding views of the city but are also decorated with art pieces from acclaimed contemporary artists, KAWS and Jean-Michel Othoniel. Other pampering amenities include a gravity-defying Sky Pool which stands 130m above ground and a two-storey Morpheus…

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epicure news

Gluten-free food you’ll love Coeliac diners will certainly appreciate the full gluten-free menu by The Butcher's Wife, which replaces Open Door Policy. The bold concept overhaul by Spa Esprit in partnership with consultant chef Diego Jacquet fills a much-needed gap in the market; gluten-intolerant diners can enjoy comfort food like Caputo-Flour Focaccia ($9) and Cod a la Plancha on Seaweed and Buckwheat Risotto ($32) with peace of mind. Argentinian head chef Diego Carlos Quispe brings some Latin American touches but truly excels in fresh creations, such as the chilled almond soup with crab, apples and coriander ($17) and chestnut flour pappardelle with braised ossobucco ragu ($25). 19 Yong Siak Street. Tel: 6221 9307 Hearty European classics The menu at House of Mu, a casual bistro, reveals a strong European slant which is influenced…

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mid-autumn musings

Counting calories? Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant unveils two new low-sugar snow skin mooncakes for the occasion. Enjoy the refreshing low sugar white lotus paste with orange praline mooncake, or the low sugar white lotus paste with hazelnut crunch mooncake featuring a chocolate centre packed with crunchy hazelnut pieces (each at $60 for six). Housed in a classic red and gold box, it's an ideal gift for your folks. 317 Outram Road, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium. Tel: 6733 0188 Kids will clamour for Crystal Jade’s Disney's Mickey and Friends' limited edition musical carousel mooncake tin. The rose gold tin lights up to the tune of Mickey Mouse March and features drawings of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Disney and Goofy on a carousel ride. A two-tier dessert tray reveals eight mooncakes in two flavours:…

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What’s the inspiration behind your multidisciplinary design firm involving landscape, architecture, research and installations? I studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. I was encouraged to embrace all three disciplines on equal footing and develop my own design approach which integrates them all and at different scales, from installation to city planning. Research is an integral part of every design project I undertake. What special significance does rebuilding the library in your hometown of Fez have? I am deeply honoured to be asked to restore a building created by a woman in my hometown 12 centuries ago. I think Fatima El Fihrya is a wonderful role model for girls around the world, she had a vision for her city, and an ambition which still shines and positively impact people’s lives until today. How…