Sashi Cheliah's favourite dining spots
Because F&B insiders know best
These days I'm busy with my pop-up restaurant that opened a week ago at HWKR Melbourne — Melbourne's newest modern Asian hawker food centre — called Gaja by Sashi. You'll find dishes such as beef rendang, Hokkien mee, and ayam masak merah (slow braised chicken in a spicy red tomato sauce).
The greatest thing I've learnt off MasterChef Australia is that nothing is impossible!
A hawker stall I would queue for in Singapore is the char kway teow at Margaret Drive Hawker Centre.
When I miss home, I cook tofu lemak with sambal.
My kids' favourite food in Singapore is chicken rice.
My guilty pleasure is chocolate.
My go-to supper spot in Singapore is Geylang.
For weekend brunch with friends, I pop down to The Rail Mall at Upper Bukit Timah.
The first thing I eat when I touch down in Singapore is carrot cake!
For special occasions, I eat lamb briyani.
My all-time favourite restaurant is Madras New Woodlands Vegetarian Restaurant.
I grew up eating sambar! This fiery and creamy lentil-based stew is cooked in tamarind broth and is popular in both South India and Sri Lanka.
For dining with family, Singapore chilli crab is the best.
Ingredients I can't live without... chilli and lemongrass.
The food scene in Singapore is... modern, creative, adventurous, and beautifully fusion.