Rendang & Roti In Russia, With Love
This September, Kemariah and Samsiah Abdullah, Hosts of our “Rendang in the Kampong” experience in Pulau Ubin, travelled to Russia with the Singapore Tourism Board and Changi Airport Group to bring a sampling of classic Malay favourites to an entirely new audience. From a restaurant to a two-day festival and trade shows, the women brought their A-game, a deep passion for Singapore, relentless hardwork and 60 kilograms of delicious beef rendang.
Kampong Favourites in a Contemporary Setting
The kitchen of a kampong house in Pulau Ubin and the professional outfit of the highest restaurant in all of Europe could not be more different, but our cooks braved the language barrier. With translators in tow, they demonstrated to chefs at INSIGHT354 how to cook beef rendang, roti jala, agar agar gula melaka and kuih dadar.
Roti Jala & Kuih Dadar by the Hundreds at Singapore Festival
Having cooked in the kitchen at Pulau Ubin definitely prepared the sisters to cook in a festival set up, but the crowds at the two-day Singapore Festival were something to be reckoned with. Our favourite moments included seeing Moscovites coming back for seconds and returning the next day; people asking if they could buy rendang to take home; and the perennial favourites of the post-meal thumbs up and drop by to say that the food was excellent.
Serving Travel Trade in St. Petersburg & Moscow
To speak about Singapore, one needs to eat Singapore, and the Abdullah sisters provided various Russian travel trade representatives the opportunity to taste kampong flavours within a meetings environment. So between presentations and networking sessions, participants indulged in sweet kuih dadar, mildly spicy beef rendang and heard about a different side of Singapore where time seems to slow down.