Vote cuisine: How to pair your food with the polls


As a food-loving people, we find gastronomic inspiration (and an excuse to eat!) everywhere – even the 14th General Election. The headlines in the run-up to polling day dish up a few juicy meals for May 9.

Are you having an election watch party? Perhaps the food featured here will give you ideas of what to eat. Here’s to your nom nom nom-inee!


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Wednesday waffle

There’s nothing ambiguous or questionable about this crisp flat cake. While some people like to have it with ice-cream, fruit or syrup, a good waffle needs no embellishment to attract attention.

Cook porridge in a pressure cooker. Photo: Filepic

Pressure cooker seat porridge

Bubur pedas is a traditional Malay dish with Indonesian origins. The rice porridge is popular during Ramadan, and is cooked with spices such as turmeric, lemongrass, galangal, chillies, ginger, coconut and shallots. It’s often topped with ikan bilis, fried onions and peanuts. In the modern kitchen, cooks sometimes use a pressure cooker to make this porridge.

Packed nasi goreng kampung. Photo: Filepic

Polls bowls

Who doesn’t like a good nasi campur? Fried rice is also always a winner – so many varieties to choose from! If you’re celebrating a win, a nasi goreng jaguh kampung will do nicely; those who suffer losses can opt for the lame duck.

Triangular t’nah kat lau. Photo: Filepic

Three-cornered contest kuih

T’nah kat lau (Hainanese sweet coconut dumpling) are shaped into a triangle with the three corners symbolising the threefold blessings of happiness, wealth and longevity. Or you could go with the three-cornered kuih kapit (love letters)...

The original Johor laksa. Replace spaghetti with squid ink pasta. Photo: Filepic

Indelible ink laksa 

Spaghetti is used in Johor Laksa, so squid ink pasta sounds like a good substitute. The colour may be shocking, but it will give an extra dimension of flavour to the laksa’s fishy gravy.

Pie tee aren't pie. Photo: Filepic

Pro-pie-ganda

When is a pie not a pie? When it’s pie tee, of course. The popular Peranakan dish is a thin crisp pastry shell filled with a spicy, sweet mixture of thinly shredded Chinese turnip, carrots and prawns. Comes with a side of hot chilli sauce.

Transparency in everything. Photo: Ikea

Ballot (lunch)box

A transparent container lets you see exactly what you’re getting in your packed meal. Glass is also reusable and is safer for your food.

Save the date. Photo: Filepic

Candi-date cake

This sweet, dark, sticky cake keeps well and tastes even better after a few days.

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