Singapore Founders Meal – Not Your Mee Siam Mai Hum

It started with a Saturday dinner recipe when we started discussing what our Founder’s Meal would consist of. America has it’s Obama Burger and Freedom Fries. What would our post-independence founders serve?

The Lee Kuan Yew Sandwich 

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The LKY sandwich is a thin, lean patty in the middle. Garnished by foreign sourced lettuce, tomatoes and onions. A dash of Malaysian chilli padi is key. Sandwiched with hardened toast.

“Each state faces a different set of problems and I would be most reluctant to dish out general solutions. From my own experience, I would say, make haste slowly. Nobody likes to lose his ethnic, cultural, religious, even linguistic identity. To exist as one state you need to share certain attributes, have things in common. If you pressure-cook you are in for problems. If you go gently, but steadily, the logic of events will bring about not assimilation, but integration. If I had tried to foist the English language on the people of Singapore I would have faced rebellion all around. If I had tried to foist the Chinese language, I’d have had immediate revolt and disaster.”

Lee Kuan Yew

Goh Keng Swee Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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Baked sweet potatoes can make a fortifying meal by itself. As an important complement, this delicious side dish is baked instead of fried for more nutrition. It’s flavor is carefully maintained by a garnish of Gurkha spice and a dash of kosher dead sea salt.

“The most dependable guarantee of our independence is a strong SAF. A strong SAF, in turn, depends on the political will to make the effort and pay the price.”

Goh Keng Swee

S. Rajaratnam Salted Mint Lassi

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Some say this version of cultured Lassi is the best way to wash down cooking that may taste heavy handed to some. Either way, sprigs of fresh highland mint, Jaffna cumin seeds mixed with plain yoghurt and treated Johor water served over ice remains a constant favorite here.

“We believe in a democratic society by governments freely and periodically elected by the people… We believe, in the virtue of hard work and that those who work harder in society should be given greater rewards… We believe that the world does not owe us a living and that we have to earn our keep.”

S. Rajaratnam

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