I read one that said one of Singapore’s founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew's favourite dishes was Gado Gado, so I decided to give this dish a try! For such a great man as Mr Lee, who had given so much for Singapore, I hope to dedicate my version of his favourite dish in honour of him.
How old were you when you started cooking? 23 years old
Personal wish related to cooking: I would like to attend a professional culinary course one day, have my own organic garden, explore new dishes, master Risotto and also start to bake.
Molly Hwa , PR Director by day and Chef Du Partie to my family and dog by night.
This is a simple yet delicious and healthy dish. Gado Gado is a dish of steamed vegetable salad with a spicy peanut dressing.
I remember fondly eating this when I was growing up. My grandma used to cook Tahu Goreng, a dish almost similar to Gado Gado. I can still remember the sound of the sizzling oil and the aroma of spicy peanut rempah (paste) wafting towards me from the kitchen as grandma was cooking. I enjoyed standing behind her watching her cook and waiting for the reward – I was always the first to help myself to a bowl topped with fried shallots and sliced red chilli.
When My Singapore Food invited me to participate in this initiative, it was around the same time that Singapore’s founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, passed away. At that time, there were many news articles reporting about his personal life. I read one that said one of his favourite dishes was Gado Gado, so I decided to give this dish a try! For such a great man as Mr Lee, who had given so much for Singapore, I hope to dedicate my version of his favourite dish in honour of him.
I have made some changes to this dish – I use olive oil, organic and non-GMO ingredients, less sugar and salt if possible, but the essence of the dish still remains.