Cyril Wong: Poet and Occasional Fictionist


Cyril Wong


Poet and occasional fictionist.

What's your fondest memory of food growing up?
My late grandparents buying me large portions (every portion was large during that time) of fishball noodles every other morning from the coffee shop downstairs when I was about five and older.

What was your favourite food from childhood?
Prawn noodles (my father—before he was a homophobic Christian douchebag—first introduced me to spicy flavours through this dish).

What does food and family mean to you?
My favourite foods, then, represented the love my family used to have for me when I was a child. Now I don’t eat the food that they eat because we have no more love for each other.

What excites you the most about Singapore's food culture?
The range and the easy, everyday accessibility to that kind of diversity of things to eat.

What annoys you the most about Singapore's food culture
It’s getting more expensive every day.

If you could choose only one dessert to have for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Peanut paste soup (it’s hard to find this now).

Describe the most recent meal you've had prior to this fabulous email interview
Nasi padang (more precisely: beef rendang , bean sprouts, begedil, and white rice covered in asam pedas gravy).

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