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MAKE AND EAT TAU HUAY DAY!

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Diner en Blanc‘s first appearance in Asia ended with a blast, owing to the much reported local-food-bloggers-uninvited-and-local-food-disallowed saga. The whole fiasco went completely viral and took a life of its own to bring about much talk, as well as publicity on it over the last week or so. Extensive coverage all over social media through Facebook, as well as various high profile blogs like Mr Brown and ieatishootipost. There was a lot of discussion over Diner en Blanc’s initial reaction to local delights like tau huay and soon kueh, rousing much sentiments, mostly deeming the event as snotty, poncy and pretentious. It went all high drama when the PR company in-charge of the event went on to “disengage themselves” just barely before the day of the event itself, citing a “misalignment of perspectives” with the local organisers. Some bloggers decided to play devil’s advocate and questioned the blogger in question‘s share of responsibility leading to the whole social media fiasco.  On the whole, it received a lot of media coverage, IMO a lot more than what it should and normally would, both locally and abroad, with “no-so-honorable mentions” from WSJ and AFP. The whole saga was meant to be called to a halt with a coverage on ieatishootipost’s lunch interview with DeB’s founders as well as an official statement addressed “Dear Singapore” on DeB Singapore’s website. Well that was after its facebook page was taken down amidst the outpour of criticisms and mobbing by local netizens. So has the saga really ended? Meanwhile, the DnB fiasco also sparked off several other events which were “coincidentally” scheduled on 30 Aug 2012, when Diner en Blanc was slated to commence in a “secret location” which turned out to the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. Who would have guessed… Anyway, spin offs like SuperWhite, Makan Day took place alongside Diner en Blanc, and so did our MAKE AND EAT TAU HUAY DAY!


MAKE AND EAT TAU HUAY DAY was initiated almost immediately after the media saga, and with barely a week to the actual day of commencement, I was kinda skeptical and worried about the response at first and how everything is gonna pull together. But those moments of doubt were quickly dispelled as friends and I concurred that the most important thing was to have fun, no matter who would participate and how many tau huays we are gonna see at the end of the day! Despite being an only online FB event, I’m really glad that lots of folks came forward and expressed their interest to join in the fun! Despite the short notice, all these wonderful people took time off their busy schedules to eat tau huay together. Quite a number also took it a notch higher by making their very own tau huay! And I’m hearten by not only contributions from Singapore, but also friends from Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh, Seremban, KL etc in Malaysia, as well as some all the way in US! Kudos everyone!!! I love you all!

So here are all your lovely entries in alphabetical order of names. 🙂

adeline ang
Adeline Ang
Adeline Ang 1
Adeline Ang
Adeline Lin
Adeline Lin
Alice Prasetyo
Alice Prasetyo
Angela Phua
Angel@Cook.Bake.Love
Angelin goh
Angelin Goh
angie lim
Angie Lim
Angie Lim 1
Angie Lim
Ann Low
Ann Low @ Anncoo Journal
Anna Tan 1
Anna 乔思 Tan
Anna Tan 2
Anna 乔思 Tan
Anna tan 3
Anna 乔思 Tan
annie mok
Annie Mok
annie mok 1
Annie Mok
biren rotirice
Biren @ Rotirice
Camy Koh 1
Camy Koh
Candy Chye
Candy Chye
candy pan
Candy Pan
Carol Lam
Carol Lam
Catherine Han
Catherine Han
Chok Yew Keong
Chok Yew Keong
Cindy Lam
Cindy Lam
Eileen Kou
Eileen Kou
Eileen kou 1
Eileen Kou
Ernest Kam
Ernest Kam
Eugenia Ng
Eugenia Ng
Eugenia Ng 1
Eugenia Ng
Fiona Ang
Fiona Ang
Gem Li
Gem Li
Genie teo
Genie Teo
Gertrude
Gertrude @ My Kitchen Snippets
Gina Goh-Seh
Gina Goh-Seh
Gracie Wong
Gracie Wong
Hippomama Lai
Hippomama Lai
Hody Loh
Hody Loh
Hody Loh 1
Hody Loh
huiyin phua 1
Huiyin Phua
huiyin phua 2
Huiyin Phua
huiyin phua 3
Huiyin Phua
huiyin phua 4
Huiyin Phua
Huiyin Phua 5
Huiyin Phua
Ivy Yeo
Ivy Yeo
Javice Goh
Javice Goh
Jenn Low
Jenn Low
Jennifer Seet
Jennifer Seet
Jimmy Tay
Jimmy Tay
Josephine Sim
Josephine Sim
Joyee Lua
Joyee Lua
Keiko Wen Cindy Voon
Keiko Wen
Kelly Siew
Kelly Siew
Krystne Ter
Krystne Ter
Lena Lam
Lena Lam
Linda Tay
Linda Tay
Lynn Tey
Lynn Tey
Marion Toh
Marion Toh
Meg Tan
Meg Tan
melissa ngo
Melissa Ngo
Melissa Seet
Melissa Seet
Michelle Li
Michelle Li
Michelle Sim
Michelle Sim
Myung Dae
Myung Dae
Norman Lee
Norman Lee
Octo Patchi
Octo Patchi
Oh Bee Bee
Oh Bee Bee @ Honey Bee Sweets
Pamela Loh
Pamela Loh
Pinc Liew
Pinc Liew
Priscilla Toh
Priscilla Toh
Qwee Ai Ling
Qwee Ai Ling
Sally On
Sally On
stanley ang
Stanley Ang
Stanley Ang 1
Stanley Ang
Tan Chong Wui
Tan Chong Wui
Te Yen Ni
Te Yen Ni
tiffany koong
Tiffany Koong
Tiffany koong 1
Tiffany Koong
veronica chia
Veronica Chia @ Peng’s Kitchen
Veronica Chia 1
Veronica Chia @ Peng’s Kitchen
veronica chia 2
Veronica Chia @ Peng’s Kitchen
Quay Po Cooks
Veronica Davis @ Quay Po Cooks
Wendy Han
Wendy Han @ Wen’s Delight
Wendy han 1
Wendy Han @ Wen’s Delight
Wendy lee 1
Wendy Lee
Wendyinkk
Wendy Yip @ Table for 2 or more
William Tan
William Tan
William Tan 1
William Tan
winnie low
Winnie Low
Woo chang hong 1
Woo Chang Hong
Woo Chang hong 2
Woo Chang Hong
yee fong chan
Yee Fong Chan
Yee Fong Chan 1
Yee Fong Chan
Yvonne Toh
Yvonne Toh

last but not least, these are two plated desserts I’d created for the day… to show that tau huay can also look equally “atas”, if not even more than what was presumed to deem fit for the haute Diner en Blanc!
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Rouge” – moulded tau huay with agar, raspberry coulis, macarated fruits aux rouge infused framboise sauvage and mint, fresh mint leaves
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El Tropicano” – moulded tau huay with agar, passionfruit coulis, pineapple and salad infused with limoncello and chiffonaded lemon balm, mango gelee, fresh lemon balm leaves

Alas Diner en Blanc has come to pass in all pomp and circumstance, and so has MAKE AND EAT TAU HUAY DAY. As the dust begins to settle and life returns to normal, let us not forget to stay grounded, remembering the foods which we’d grown up eating and more importantly, grown to love, local delights like tau huay, foods which you could always fall back on and enjoy, unpretentious and readily available, simple but yet close to one’s heart. So once again, a very very big thank you for everyone who’d partcipated and I hoped that all of you had fun as much as I did!

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10 responses

  1. Hippomama Lai

    It’s my pleasure to be able to join in the fun! =)

    August 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm

  2. What a tauhuaylicious thread! So inspired (and amused) by all the above posts….thumbs up!

    August 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm

  3. Looks like I’ve missed out on the fun! Really beautiful plating you have there! Definitely more than fit for Diner en Blanc! Who ever said that local food cannot be sophisticated?

    August 31, 2012 at 3:33 pm

  4. Alan, I had fun, thanks again for the invitation.

    August 31, 2012 at 10:28 pm

  5. very happy I could join, Alan
    and thank you so much for the round up, very much appreciated 🙂

    August 31, 2012 at 10:40 pm

  6. So many Tau Huay!!! Well done for getting everyone together for this! 😀 It was quite fun seeing all the entries that day.

    September 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm

  7. kokolovetauhuay

    for more Tau Huay love! http://www.ilovenomnom.com/collections/product-page/products/tau-huey-t-shirt

    September 16, 2012 at 5:38 am

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  10. Hi, have you tried Happy Boy soya bean before? I think they have the best beancurd in Singapore! Lots of interesting flavours and smooth texture =)

    September 9, 2013 at 1:24 am

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