Sunday 27 November 2011

Anthony Bourdain-No Reservations, Singapore

For you peeps that missed the first show I did with Tony for No Reservations, here it is.  We had no script, no rehearsals, he just turned up and we just had fun taping it with 3 cameramen running around with no lights!  He makes Singapore look great unlike some of the other shows on TV.  We started after lunch and shot for 4 hours and then fed the crew with my Hay Mee Prawn Noodle and he said it was pretty much the best meal he had that trip.  He did some sorry Clarke Quay restaurant that trip with wheelchairs as seats which he hated but was forced to do it.  Seetoh hooked him up with some Shark's head meal which was great.  It's amazing the following he has around the world as when this show aired, I got a barrage of emails from all over the USA.  I even get it now after each re run!  Alot of people asks me how is Tony and what he's really like.  He is what he is on TV, simply loves Asia especially Singapore.  Easily  the best food show on TV with Emmys to show for it.

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Anthony Bourdain-The Layover, Singapore

Anthony Bourdain or Tony for short, and I have been friends for a while and we met when I was shooting his publicity for No Reservations.  We hit it off the first time we met although he hated photo shoots.  Started bringing him to a couple of places for The New York Times and on the next trip even came over for a home cooked meal.  He's always been true to himself, a good friend  and honest and that's why he is a success and we all like him for the no BS vibe.  Says everything we have always wanted to say but didn't have the courage to.  The video attached was shot in July as he called me up to be in the premiere episode of his new show The Layover which aired in the USA last Monday.  Our scene was Samy's Curry on Dempsey Road, my hang out down the road from my studio.  I've been going there to then the Civil Service Club since Army days when I was fighting for my country from 9-5.  The chicken marsala will kick your ass and you will want more.  This is pretty much the ONLY descent meal you will get in Dempsey Road Disneyland.  Look no furthur.

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Hainanese Chicken Rice

This is my site about just sharing what I love with everyone and even hooking you up with the good things in life.  Be it a hotel or some good food around the world; I will try and hook your ass up real good! NO BS, just the good stuff.

To kick it off, this is my favorite all time dish, Hainanese chicken rice from Tong Fong Fatt in Ghim Moh market.  They also have a branch in Maxwell Road market to the right of Tian Tian.  New York City based 3 star chef Jean Georges loves this, not that I care, over Tian Tian the usual favorite of Anthony Bourdain.  The soy gravy is light and tastier.  When it comes to local Singapore food,  we all are the 3 star chefs, not them!  Rock on baby. Ain't no white guy gonna tell us about our chicken man.  I know all my brudders here on our sunny island feel that way.

Tony and Jean Georges are close friends and I have pointed them in the right direction and they have been very open and they DO get it.  Don't get me wrong.  Alot of people that travel to our part of the world and even those that even live here DON'T.  They rather eat overpriced , over cooked, over bastardized, over hyped,  over decorated interiors ; us Singaporeans don't give a rat's ass about the atmosphere, the food on the plate IS the atmosphere bonehead!  Like I always say to my friends visiting, when you see a table cloth, run like you stole something!!  My advice to the people that don't get it is stay on the dark side and leave ma chicken rice alone!  You make it look bad, it doesn't wanna hang with you baby!  You're safer at Starbucks dishwater and Coffee Beaner and Dried Leaf suckin down a dried muffin and chatting about your maid problems and children play dates.