Singapore! Top of my list for countries in the world to put on your Bucket List and here’s why!
Magic happens when you visit Singapore. It’s not just a city on the move. The old meets the new in many ways here in South East Asia, with an astonishing mix of old world charm reminiscent of the post world war two era and with the current expansive building regime, currently changing the landscape of the city & Singapore’s international image into a more modern, futuristic and forward thinking city.
Internationally, Singapore is well placed as the third most wealthy city in the world. Something that Sir Stamford Raffles could have been said, was largely responsible for in establishing the island city as a major trading route with China, and with his founding of the City of Singapore in 1819.
As a tourist to Singapore, If you are interested in cultural diversity, are a foodie and can tolerate the tropical climate & humidity, then come to Singapore! This tourist friendly city offers a multicultural melting pot of Eurasian Cuisine, influenced by the countries four main nationalities – Chinese, Malay, Indian & Indonesian.
The diverse & rich cultural influences of this combination all meld together wonderfully, to strongly influence the variety of food choices & exotic culinary cuisine, on this tiny island city in South East Asia with a population of approximately 5.4 million.
On our last day in Singapore, we wanted to experience a true culinary example of authentic cooking, by enlisting in the “Cookery Magic” Eurasian” Three hour cooking course. I researched various cooking classes online, before settling on what I wanted and what felt like an “authentic” Singaporean experience in local ethnic cuisine.
We were not disappointed! After arriving by a short 15 min taxi ride to Ruqxana’s house in outer Singapore suburbia, we were greeted with a smile & accompanied onto the verandah area and given our apron, recipes & offered a glass of water.
Ruqxana, affectionately known as the Food Sorceress, has been offering her cooking classes for fourteen years and has really found a niche in the market, with her up close & personal cooking classes, teaching popular Indian, Malay, Singaporean & Chinese style combination dishes.
Along with the other five guests who arrived shortly after us, and were from the UK, America and one Singapore resident; we commenced our class in the rear outdoor kitchen with Ruqxana leading us with demonstrations of how to grind down a few spices (star anise, nutmeg & cinnamon stick) using a mortal & pester.
Ruqxana’s passion for her cooking is clearly evident, as she works her magic and offers us many small secrets to preparing the most amazing and fragrant food I have ever had the pleasure of tasting!
Following our three-hour cooking experience we were led out onto the front verandah once again, to assemble at the frangipani scattered dining table to enjoy our magnificent feast with our new-found friends from around the globe, and to talk more freely of Ruqxana’s other classes and experiences along the way in her journey in developing her Cookery Magic business as the memorable and informative Food Sorceress of Singapore!