To begin off the yr on a hearty be aware, The Straits Times requested its readers to submit photographs of what they ate for his or her first meal within the new yr on Instagram.
To take part, readers wanted to submit photographs on their public accounts and add the hashtags #firstmeal2018 and #stfoodtrending.
By 5.30pm yesterday, there have been about 400 posts exhibiting an array of meals from the comforting and acquainted – suppose roti prata and laksa – to extra decadent dishes reminiscent of buttered scallops and crispy pork leg.
Some even paid homage to new yr traditions of different nations: Sun Kim (@sunkimchi), chef and proprietor of the one-Michelin-starred restaurant Meta in Keong Saik Road, had a hearty tteokguk or sliced rice cake soup, a dish historically eaten throughout the Korean New Year.
Life editor Tan Hsueh Yun (@msposhnosh) started her yr with a brightly colored ozoni soup. Her model of the standard Japanese New Year’s Day dish got here with selfmade dashi broth, greens, hen, mushroom and toasted mochi.
Chef-owner Mervin Goh (@mervaka) of Japanese restaurant Akashi at Orchard Parade Hotel, gave a shout-out to hawker meals along with his bowl of bak chor mee.
His flat egg noodles got here with a facet of fish cake and bowls of soup.
Tampines GRC Member of Parliament Baey Yam Keng (@baeyyamkeng) shared that he returned to his mother and father’ home for his first meal of the yr.
“True to the Pioneer Generation’s thrifty nature, they bought a Christmas meal package on special offer at a supermarket,” he wrote.
The unfold included turkey, pork ribs and knuckles, achar, combined greens and prawns.
Jazz musician Jeremy Monteiro (@jeremymonteiro) had his first meal in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, after a celebration there. Posting a photograph of fried maggi mee with a sunny-side-up egg cracked excessive, Monteiro wrote: “Happy New Year everyone! No food resolutions for me. Just whack!”