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About the Book

Neither a tourist guide nor a work of historical records, “Pink Chilli in a Bowl” is a personal archive of forgotten places and time-honoured buildings that may someday be wiped out—some of which have already disappeared amidst the backdrop of a city that is constantly developing. These pages detail an intangible side of Singapore, encouraging readers to tap into their imaginations and reconstruct their mental map of the island nation in ways that inspire them.

Each Constellation is composed of three different types of entries: restaurant, food, and landmark, which can all be found within a twenty-to forty-minute promenade.

The Stars are singular entries in a specific location or characteristic that is worth highlighting.

The Essays are contributions made by food-enthusiastic writers about Singaporean eateries which contextualise the current survey into the specifics of the social, cultural, and political environment in this island-nation.

The Archives are curated selections of photographs which showcase the generic patterns of diversity in Singapore.

Constellations and Stars

“Pink Chilli in a Bowl” is an invitation for the curious explorer to venture beyond the surface of Singapore’s urban landscape through twenty-eight constellations. Each constellation—composed of a network of local establishments, architectural landmarks, and places of worship—can be described as a sensual voyage, enriched by the art of everyday eateries and a multifaceted street culture. Unveil hidden links between seemingly disparate and diverse spaces that showcase the lesser-known humanistic side of an automated nation.

All documentations, addresses and information of eateries are accurate as of 2020–2022.

  • YuhuaClick to view the promenade
  • Upper Bukit Timah
  • Tanglin Halt
  • Alexandra
  • Tiong Bahru
  • Bukit Pasoh
  • Kreta Ayer
  • Telok Ayer
  • Kampong Glam
  • Crawford
  • Little India
  • Lavender
  • Farrer Park
  • Balestier
  • Toa Payoh North
  • Sin Ming
  • Tai Seng
  • Sims Geylang
  • Geylang East
  • Joo Chiat
  • East Coast
  • Springleaf
  • Yishun
  • Kebun Baru
  • Jalan Kayu
  • Kembangan
  • Simpang Bedok
  • Changi
  • Zul’s Traditional Dry Chilli
  • Seng Hong Coffeeshop
  • Makko Teck Neo
  • Lim Joo Hin Eating House
  • Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha
  • Lau Ah Tee Bak Kut Teh
  • River South Prawn Noodles
  • 928 Yishun Laksa
  • Lau Wang Claypot Delights
  • Ponggol Nasi Lemak
  • Madeleine's Original Egg Tart
  • Fu Lin Tofu Yuen

Our Contributors

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the contributors of this book. Your passion, dedication, and unique perspectives have made this project come to life. We are deeply grateful for your valuable insights, creative contributions, and unwavering support. Together, we have created something truly special, and we look forward to the impact it will have on readers worldwide.


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Pink Chilli in a Bowl is available online for S$150 (excluding GST).

Also available at the following stockists: Wardah Books, Basheer Graphic Books.

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ISBN 978-981-18-8118-3
478 pages
230mmW × 288mmH × 30mm spine width
Weight: 1.5kg

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