Chef Willin Low admires the customisable plates at Supermama
When we asked chef Willin Low to share with us his recommendations on where to go in Singapore, nostalgic experiences that rekindle old memories peppered his neighbourhood guide.
The second episode of Tatler Tours sees us going around the neighbourhood of Kampong Glam—an area the Singaporean mod-sin chef has been frequenting since his National Service days. Following the launch of our series with newly-minted MP Jamus Lim, who took us around the neighbourhood of Anchorvale, Sengkang, we continue our initiative to get local residents reacquainted with this city that we call home.
Chef Willin Low explores Kampong Glam with Tatler Singapore
Kampong Glam, which is historically known as a Malay enclave, is filled with sites that still make Singapore's oldest urban quarter unique today. But beyond the trendy boutiques and bustling dining spots—from Middle Eastern cuisine to watering holes—Low guided us on a trail where we discovered lesser-known landmarks that make up the fabric of this heritage neighbourhood that harkens back to our country's olden days, while exploring the key collections from homegrown tableware brand Supermama
The J - Joyful plate from Supermama's Altruistic Alphabet Porcelain Collection from Supermama, available from Tatler Homes Curates
The items found in Supermama, an independent homegrown design and gift shop located on Beach Road, include porcelain homeware and objets d'art that brings together local design and Japanese craft seamlessly. The store's signature collection featuring Singapore icons won them the President's Design Award in 2013, and since then, it has been consistently evolving to include newer landmarks such as Jewel, the Asian Civilisations Museum and National Museum of Singapore.
"I use plates from Supermama in my restaurant because they embody the same principles as I do. The first series that we used had all the icons of Singapore and you can find them in our omakase dining experience at Wild Rocket," Low shared.
Chef Willin Low admires the Altruistic Alphabet Porcelain Collection from Supermama, available from Tatler Homes Curates
Taking centrestage in the store is the brand's Altruistic Alphabet Porcelain collection that was created in collaboration with Touch SpecialCrafts, a programme under the non-profit charity organisation Touch Community Services. Of the 26 designs, the letter J for Joy stood out to Low the most. He said: "The concept of joy is different from happiness. Joy is something that comes from a deeper place, that even in the worst of circumstances, you still feel joyous."
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Design enthusiasts can also look forward to designing their own porcelain pieces at the flagship store. Guests can choose their favourite design and stick them on a cup, sauce dish or plate.