While Singapore’s ever vibrant dining scene continues to lure some of the world’s top chefs, many of today’s brightest first made their mark here. Much like how South Korean-born Sun Kim has done since moving to the island nation in 2014 to work at Waku Ghin, and eventually making his debut as executive chef at Meta in 2016.
It didn’t take long before the region’s most avid diners took notice. And just last month, one Michelin starred Meta was honoured with the 2021 American Express One To Watch Award. Selected by the organisers of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, in collaboration with its regional experts, the award is presented to a restaurant that is outside the main Asia’s 50 Best list but is identified as the rising star of the region.
Kim’s progressive menu has always been about melding Asian and Western culinary inspirations, evolving to include influences from his heritage to celebrate a unique amalgamation of predominantly Korean, Japanese and French cuisines.
To be sure, this is also an elevated exploration of cross-cultural cooking that’s become increasingly prevalent across Asia. Though local pundits would not hesitate to presume the possible impact of living and working in multicultural Singapore might have had on his interpretation.
We do, nonetheless, know that Kim has developed quite a taste for more than a few local dishes—from feted stalwarts, no less. In fact, here are a few places you might find the soft-spoken rising star of mod-Asian gastronomy dining at, especially when he’s craving that quintessential Singaporean meal.