Foodie Finds: Retailer Kaye Tinga Shares Her Favourite Takeout Picks
Welcome to Foodie Finds! This is an article series by Tatler, chronicling where and what to order according to the food-obsessed.
I myself have never understood non-foodies. How can one not love flavours, spices, aromas and all the cultural nuances and memories that come with every bite? Dining is an experience meant to be savoured and is even more fun when shared with loved ones. Dining around a table means sharing, conversing, bonding and learning. A dish can tell you so much about a person, a culture, and a country. It speaks volumes of a nation's history and is an art-form on its own. Skilled hands are trained over years or are born out of pure passion and practice. Professional chefs and home cooks alike, from young stars to grandmothers, have been cooking up meals filled with emotion and have truly made us foodies, happy.
Through Foodie Finds, we ask our epicurean friends to share their favourites. In this feature, we tackle takeout and delivery. Hear what Kaye Tinga, the retailer behind home store W17, and philanthropist, a driving force behind the annual Red Charity Gala, has to say. She shares her go-to shops for takeout here:
Viajé by Kev
I am so impressed by the way young people find opportunities to build businesses, even during a pandemic.Viajé is a great (and delicious) example of how ambitious and accomplished the next generation already is. A quarantine creation by a young chef, Kevin Uy, who studied and trained in Spain and South America, and pre-pandemic was a chef at the award-winning Central in Lima, the dishes are so authentic it really takes me back to the days when we could travel. The pollo a la brasa (a traditional Peruvian roast chicken) tortilla combo is a winner in our family.
Growing up, chicken barbecue was my ultimate comfort food. Vito's BBQ reminds me of those days, it has a simple but highly delicious, highly flavourful menu. The boneless chicken and java rice meal combo is all our family needs to order for a great treat. Of course, don’t forget the atsara.
I have a love/hate relationship with seafood, it has to be the perfect mix of flavours and texture. Sandra's Specialties have just that. Their chilli curry crab and the prawn garlic noodles are a wonderful, special treat to order. It is filling but you will not want to leave any part of the meal untouched.
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Homemade by Roshan
In our home, dessert always comes first, in fact, some days, dessert is actually the whole meal. Nothing like something sweet to go with a cup of coffee for breakfast to start my day. There are a lot of wonderful home bakers, but I have a soft spot for Homemade by Roshan. Whenever there is an occasion to celebrate, or we just need a pick me up, we order one of Roshan's cakes. It is hard to choose just one, so here are three: the old-fashioned chocolate cake, the Prince Albert Cake, and the green tea Belgian white chocolate torte.
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When my children asked me what I wanted to order for Mother's Day lunch, there was no hesitation: Wildflour. The homegrown brand has always been a go-to for me, whether brunch with my daughters or dinner with dear friends. During these uncertain times, familiar favourites have not only been a treat but a genuine comfort. While there is so much off of the menu I love, the adobo fried rice tray always delights the entire family. And stocking our refrigerator with their ready-to-heat meals like beef steak Tagalog, tomato soup, and Bicol Express so that we can have something special, any time.
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Tim Ho Wan
Tim Ho Wan is my version of the ideal comfort food, and my family cannot get enough of it. Everybody in the family has a different favourite, but we all agree: the BBQ pork buns are truly worthy of the hype that surrounds them. All the chef's baskets include them (as they should), plus an assortment of their delightful selections.
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