Try the Hakka abacus seeds prepared by the pair of mother-in-law and daughter-in-law Ai Ling and Kai Yan, who live a street away in Bedok and encounter their shared passion for food and sewing.
Kaiyan invites you to experience her unique twist on Hakka Abacus seeds. Drawing inspiration from her paternal grandparents’ traditional recipe, Kaiyan exclusively uses sweet potato. The sticky orange dough, reminiscent of her childhood playdough memories, brings a playful touch to her culinary creation. Growing up in Pulau Tekong, Kaiyan’s grandparents used sweet potato as it is widely available there. Alongside the Abacus seeds, Kaiyan will surprise your taste buds with a Balinese-inspired Moringa soup inspired by her time in Bali last year. Ai Ling, known for her sweet dishes, will present a delightful creation that will add a touch of sweetness to the meal.
Kaiyan is just your regular millennial trying to live her best life. She resides in Bedok together with her husband, and they both developed a very deep connection with their neighbourhood. They even run an Instagram page called “bedokboy.sg” to capture and share their experiences living in the neighbourhood. Kaiyan dreams of creating a seaside guesthouse, where travellers can gather for heartwarming conversations and enjoy cosy meals with an ice-cold beer in hand.
Ai Ling, Kaiyan’s mother-in-law, lives just a short three-minute walk away. As they reside so near one another, Ai Ling often shares her bounty of fresh papaya and fruits on her way back home. They frequently come together at Ai Ling’s house for weekly dinners, relishing in the joy of a hot pot feast. When they’re not cooking or enjoying meals together, they engage in light handicraft work, transforming used tote bags into charming tissue boxes with Ai Ling’s sewing skills.