Mock Singapore Sling for Food ‘n Flix and Cook the Books

Welcome to the February/March edition of Cook the Books along with Food ‘n Flix February feature film.   It’s a tag team this month.  Claudia of Honey from Rock is hosting Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan for Cook the Books (for February/March).   I’m hosting the film adaptation for the February Food ‘n Flix feature.   

“There is nothing in the world that good food cannot fix” —Wye Mun (474)

I’m glad I watched the film before I read the book.  There’s a surplus of aunties and cousins and I’m not sure I could have kept them all straight without some visual references from the movie.

The last third of the book was probably my favorite as Kwan focused on Rachel and Astrid.   I’m also glad Kwan did not wrap up the Rachel and Nick story with a tidy bow.   Obviously, there’s more to come with their relationship in China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems.

Although I was intrigued by some of the characters (mainly Astrid), I found the footnotes to be the most hilarious parts of the novel.   I will pick up the other two books in the trilogy (mentioned above) just because I want to see how things work out.

Like I said, ironically enough, I liked Rachel and Astrid the best.  But, if Rachel is such a hotshot economist, she must not specialize in Asian markets or else she would have heard of the majority of the families in the novel (including the Taiwanese plastic Chus).    I felt like the portrayal of Astrid was more sympathetic in the film than the novel but I still liked her.

Nick annoyed the hell out of me (in the book and the film).    Is he so naive (or does he think Rachel is such a simpleton) that he does not have to prepare her for his family and their lifestyle?  (Maybe he is the simpleton.)

Eleanor, Nick’s mother, is indeed a hao chee bye (pardon my Hokkien).  Her character redeems herself in the film adaptation.   Not so in the novel.  Truly, a nasty woman.

There’s lots of food in the novel and for a definitive list, please check out Book Menu’s post.   There was quite a bit of food in the film as well like homemade dumplings and crazy rich ornate culinary offerings.  I am imagining that there will be at least one satay recipe posted for this round and perhaps some authentic Malaysian food.   I went the easy route and focused on the final scene of the book—Rachel, Kerry, Nick and Peik Lin enjoying Singapore Slings in the clouds.

To repent for my snarkiness above about Nick’s mother,  I decided to do something totally different for EE, a mocktail.

Singapore Sling Mocktail

Based on PG-13 Singapore Sling.   I added the bitters, added orange juice instead of mango, used sparkling water, and switched up the garnishes.

Ingredients

  • ¾ c. pomegranate juice
  • ½ c. orange juice
  • ½ c. pineapple juice
  • 2 T. fresh lime juice
  • 3-4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 8–12 oz. sparkling water
  •  orange wedge, cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine juices in a pitcher filled with ice and stir until cold.
  2. Divide among four highball glasses filled with crushed ice and add 2–3 oz. club soda to each. Garnish with fruit.

Yield:  4

As for the film, there were times as I watched Crazy Rich Asians that I felt like I was in Wonderland.  No doubt Rachel felt like Alice as she tried to wrap her head around just how rich her boyfriend’s family and friends were.   Crazy rich?  Absolutely.

There was a lot of food in the film from the NYC scenes for diner coffee and dessert and homemade Tupperware meals to the ostentatiosness of the lifestyles of the rich and famous in Asia.  Here’s what I spied:

  • Coffee and dessert (cupcakes?) at the diner NYC
  • Pork buns in the East Village
  • Tea sweets at Bible study
  • “Economics professor with lactose intolerance.”
  • Homemade Tupperware meals
  • First class and Champagne
  • Street food:  Satay on open grills, spidery crustacean things, crepes, lobster, breads, naan, street food, beers, shaved ice with condensed milk, noodles, teas
  • Astrid and husband have wine
  • Lunch at college friends’ home:  Lobster (almost a mad hatter feel), carved melons, noodles, chicken nuggets
  • Kitchen with too many things to track:  neon colored sweets.  carved melons, lots of greens
  • Herbal tea to send to the hotel
  • Best beer on Rawa Island.  (Nick and Colin, his best friend, escape from the bachelor party.)
  • Dumpling scene
  • Food at outdoor street cafe with friend
  • Sandwich and cappuccinos during the fashion show
  • Wedding:  champagne, wine, cake (another rabbit hole scene)
  • Colin’s twin sisters bringing in rice and ?? for Rachel.
  • Ginseng tea from mom.
  • Bread fruit and other huge melons in the shopping market before mom enters mah jhong parlor.

This post will suffice for both the Cook the Books and Food ‘n Flix rounds…at least for now.  I may get energetic and make satays for another specific Cook the Books before March is over.   We shall see….

 

If you want a tradition Singapore Sling, click here.   If you want some more Crazy Rich Asian food inspiration (perhaps for your own FnF last minute post, check these out:

Dumplings, Kaya Toast, and Chili Crab: Inside the Food of Crazy Rich Asians

Behind the food in Crazy Rich Asians

The Dumpling Table in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is Where Two Worlds Collide

I’m also linking up (at the last minute) with Foodies Read!

 

 

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