Food Anatomy

Food Anatomy

A whole bunch of new shops and food stalls have just opened in our local MRT station, and this one really jumped out at me.

Food Anatomy’s premise is to make design and presentation as much a part of your lunch as the taste. Their motto is: ‘delicious is not enough and every dish must also look beautiful’.

I would add – your (savoury) lunch should also look like dessert – because I honestly thought the items on display were colourful cubes of cake until I looked more closely.

Each tasting portion has been developed as a graphic design project as much as a culinary creation, with certain dishes ‘deconstructed’ to add to the aesthetic. Hence you have a nasi lemak which actually comes as a stack of slices of each individual ingredient, although the lasagne already fit nicely into the general design.

At S$6.90 for 3 (although this was an end of the day special – lunches come with salad for slightly more) these were not just fun and delicious but an absolute steal.


Nasi Lemak

Category : Food

nasi lemak 1 nasi lemak 2

In Europe, you might pick up a sandwich – neatly encased in a triangular plastic box – to eat at your desk for lunch. In Singapore, whilst this is an option in some of the more modern malls and office blocks, many people prefer a traditional (and considerably less expensive) snack.

A firm favourite is this nasi lemak to go – everything you need wrapped up in a practical and eco-friendly combination of brown paper and banana leaf. For S$2, you get a decent helping of rice which has been steamed with coconut cream, a whole grilled fish, some chilli sauce, and the possibility of various extra toppings of which roasted peanuts, sliced cucumber and tiny crisp anchovies are the most usual.

In the original Malay, nasi lemak means ‘rich rice’, rich referring to the coconut cream which makes this dish taste so good. This one came from a food stall at my local MRT station, and made a very tasty lunch.