The Banana Mafia throwing up deuces (Image: Gizelle Lau)
Last night was the first gathering of the Banana Mafia crew at the Amsterdam Brewery. This alliance of chefs was brought together by the team behind the upcoming GwaiLo, and is made up of Nick Liu (GwaiLo), Robbie Hojilla (Ursa), Jeff Claudio (Yours Truly), Jonathan Poon (Chantecler) and Leemo Han (Swish by Han, Oddseoul). The idea behind the Banana Mafia started with Liu, who wanted to do a Singapore hawker-style event by bringing together some of the city’s brightest Asian chefs.
Cold Tea is tucked away in the back of the Kensington Mall, down a long hallway and behind a door with a small window and a single red bulb above it. Visitors are greeted by a small (and operational) dim sum cart when they enter, but around the corner there is indeed a suitably laid-back bar, with a large patio out back. Here, Sarah Parniak, one of the bartenders, shows us how she makes a Lucky Peach ($10), a twist on the classic bourbon sour, one of her favourites.