Nathan Yong says:
I remember spending time with my parents and siblings eating simple “comfort” food when we were young in our dimly lit kampong house. As my family is not very well off, our meals are mostly consist of porridge season with soy sauce and if we are lucky, we will have one or two can food to go along. That has been my comfort food ever since then and till now I will try to have porridge with just a bottle of Chai Sim and luncheon meat for dinner, it reminds me how happy my siblings and I were even though it was a simple meal without much fan fare.
Food like this need to be recognise other than our infamous hawker fan fares, they are like the unsung heroes, even at times it is single out unfairly for their un-nutritional values, but still, it plays an important part in our lives be it in the past, current and probably the future.
I travel often and one of the things I miss most when I am overseas is spending a warm cosy dinner with my family enjoying meal like this. With this project, I want to capture the atmosphere of family togetherness, reminiscing of the early years. By casting the archetype of popular process and pre-pack food found in Singapore, crystallizing them in porcelain and presenting them on a solid wooden board and lighted up from within, the interplay between the fragility of white porcelain packaging lighted up against the sturdiness of a wooden block represent the cold apathetic city living against the warmness of familiarity and family togetherness.
The collection comes in 3 sizes and titled $1.50, $2.50 and $3.00, the typical cost of a meal in Singapore from the 80s till today.
It has been published just in some business Singapore newspaper.