The wonderful thing about the Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop, beyond its impressive shelf of books, welcoming atmosphere and author meets, is the fact that they serve coffee. Perfect for spending a chill afternoon at tucked away in a corner with a newly purchased book, the bookshop is now making sure that you have a full meal to go along with it.
Now that they’re open again for business in Phase 2 of the circuit breaker, Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop is taking their F&B one step further, with a brand new set meal inspired by Pamelia Chia’s bestselling cookbook Wet Market to Table. Says Chia: “It’s really inspiring and motivating every time I see my recipe being cooked in someone else’s kitchen. These are some of my favourite recipes from the book and they use wet market ingredients in unconventional ways.”
Curated by Chia, who is a chef and has worked stints at restaurants in Singapore and Melbourne, including Candlenut and Carlton Wine Room, the menu comprises of three dishes using recipes from her book. Begin your meal with the refreshing Mexican Corn & Chayote Salad, which appears simple, yet combines lime juice, cheese and chilli flakes to pack a flavour punch. Then, tuck in to the comforting, protein-rich Fish with Rosemary & Borlotti Beans. Finally, end off on a citrusy note with the Snake Gourd Lemon Olive Oil Cake as your dessert, delightfully crumbly and best paired with a hot latte from huggs.
Says Ben Choo, general manager of huggs coffee: “We’ve always wanted to find a way to showcase the recipes from the cookbooks. After all, it blends well with our concept here, and of course, our tagline, ‘hold Singapore in your hands’ refers not only to the books here but also our local-style F&B.”
The book itself is available both online and from the Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop in physical form, and is considered a literary and culinary gem for how Pamelia scours wet markets for uncommon ingredients and brings out their unique flavours and textures across 80 easy to understand recipes. Alongside these recipes, Pamelia also includes stories from wet-market vendors, memories of grocery shopping with her mother and how each ingredient inspires her to push the boundaries of local cooking.
“We are more than happy to support this initiative as it emphasises what the Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop is all about, and showcases our local talent. Pamelia’s recipes are quite innovative, and we hope everyone will enjoy these dishes,” said a spokesperson from Epigram Books.
Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop’s new seat meals are available for pre-order every Monday to Thursday, 12pm, for deliveries on Fridays (lunch and dinner) and Saturdays (lunch only). Free delivery is available with a minimum spend of $60. Orders are to be made online on Take.sg
Wet Market to Table: A Modern Approach To Fruits and Vegetables is available here