Small Plates, Big Flavour: Our Side of Sauce-East Asia

Conversations  |  SEA Focus  |  Non-fiction  |  English  |  1 hr

18 Nov, Sat, 3.00pm to 4.00pm
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It's clear that Southeast Asians feel strongly about our sauces—we wax lyrical about the best homemade chilli, get up in arms about McDonald's curry sauce, and gift sambal belacan to solidify bilateral ties. Following the trail of the spice trade and how sauces have become a cultural export, we speak to food historians and chefs about our regional love for sauces and how a humble side of soy sauce or Sriracha holds the map of Southeast Asia's larger history and geography.


Mahita has written four books, all of which were published in Singapore. Her first book, Praying To The Goddess Of Mercy, received extensive publicity and was a national bestseller. As a mental health advocate, she speaks candidly about her mental disorder. She also volunteers with Transient Workers Count Too, a migrant worker welfare charity. When she is not writing, she spends most of her days immersed in novels.

Mahita is married and has twin daughters in their early thirties.