It’s the culinary equivalent of Monsoon Wedding, where immigrants to foreign shores create a cuisine that adjust flavours of the motherland to new passport reality.
Nonya: Blend of Chinese ingredients and Malayan spices that met when Chinese migrants married Malays in Singapore. Best dishes? Otak Otak, fish curry and Itek Tim duck soup. A delectable ode: Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass Palace.
Tex Mex: A cheap cooking cliché, #conceived when the Texans met Mexicans. Birthed by Hispanic ‘Chilli Queens’ hawking beans and nachos instead of home food, pork in adobo.