Celeb food obsessions that will make you feel better about your own

You’re not the only one who binge eats peanut butter out of the jar

Celeb food obsessions that will make you feel better about your own
Celeb food obsessions that will make you feel better about your own
18 Jul 2017

Celeb food obsessions that will make you feel better about your own

Regardless of whether you are a foodie, when it comes to food, everyone has a culinary Achilles’ heel. You know, that food or drink that you can eat over and over again and never get tired of. You may try to take your mind off it when the craving strikes and ignore the salivating in your mouth but you know that resistance is futile. From guilty pleasures to comfort food, local celebs reveal the foods that make them weak in the knees.

Shane Pow
Shane Pow
18 Jul 2017

Shane Pow

Way before girlfriend Kimberly Wang came along, Shane already found his “true love” (his words, not ours) – siew mai. What’s even more serendipitous is that his first leading role was in a drama called Shao Mai (Served H.O.T), a wordplay on siew mai in Chinese – if this isn’t fate, we don’t know what is.

Though his standards are high when it comes to the dim sum staple - his favourites are the ones at Chinese restaurant East Ocean and 126 Dim Sum - he will eat any siew mai that crosses his path, even those in steamers at coffee shops and food courts. “I cannot resist siew mai, even those in coffee shops and the one upstairs too,” he said, referring to the café at the Mediacorp campus. “I will be disappointed but I will still eat it again,” he laughed.

“Every time I am at a food court, I will buy siew mai, even after a full meal. I will get at least three – two for myself and one for [Kimberly]. Share mah but she always don’t want. The next restaurant that I want to set up will be a dim sum place so I can eat unlimited siew mai!”

Photos: Shane Pow

Sheila Sim
Sheila Sim
18 Jul 2017

Sheila Sim

If Sheila could eat one dish for the rest of her life, it would be her grandmother's bak kee noodles. The traditional Hokkien soup dish, which consists of pork slices, vegetables, fishballs and bee hoon, is comforting and homely - her version of chicken soup for the soul.

“That is my all-time favourite food. You can’t get it outside anymore. It is just sliced meat, coated in flour so it has a chewy texture, which you cook a soup base made from ikan bilis and dried clams with other ingredients like vegetables and bee hoon. It is actually a very simple dish but it’s really good. Whenever my grandma cooks it, she will lure me with it,” noted Sheila. “It tastes different when I try to make it myself. I think it’s the proportion of the ingredients, the [strength of the] fire and when she drops the ingredients in, all these make a difference.”

Photos: Instagram/@sheila_sim

Chen Liping
Chen Liping
18 Jul 2017

Chen Liping

Sweet and refreshing, there’s nothing like an ice cold soda on a hot day. But for Liping, soft drinks are almost a staple in her diet. The actress revealed that when she was younger, she rarely drank plain water as she liked sweet beverages. “I don’t have a favourite. I like everything as long as it is fizzy,” said Liping, adding that she especially craved for soft drinks after a workout.

“I remember when I was shooting the volleyball show (The Winning Team), I would be gulping down soft drinks after filming. And it’s not just one can. And when I was pregnant, just before I delivered my son, I made sure I drank a few cans because I was supposed to abstain from it during confinement,” she said, chuckling.

“My fridge used to be stocked with soft drinks but now I have to hide them because of my son. When I want to have a drink, I will do it stealthily. I know it’s bad for me but I still like it. I think it runs in the family. My mum and grandma like carbonated drinks too. My grandma was still drinking it when she was in her 90s.”

Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
18 Jul 2017

Desmond Tan

Desmond admitted that if he weren’t an actor, he would probably be fat because he loves bingeing on junk food and chips, ice cream, and chocolates are his weakness. Some of his “feats” include finishing a box of chocolates in an hour and wiping out a pint of ice cream and some more in a day.

“When I was in my teens and early 20s, I could eat as much as I wanted and not grow fat. Nowadays, I don’t indulge as much because of work and my metabolic rate has dropped,” revealed Desmond, adding that he only turns into a junk food eating machine after a project wraps.

“For example, recently I had to be fit and muscular for my role as Sergeant Loke in [army drama] When Duty Calls so I had to keep in that form for three months and watch my diet. But once filming wrapped, I went crazy and whacked all the sweet stuff.

“Usually one or two days after the project wraps, I will go to the supermarket and really shop. I will stock up on chips, chocolates, ice cream and finish everything within the next one to two days.”

Photos: Instagram/@thedesmondtan

Jayley Woo
Jayley Woo
18 Jul 2017

Jayley Woo

Jayley has a bizarre way of eating chicken nuggets and her current food obsession, which we hope is temporary, is equally unsavoury: eating peanut butter out of the jar. When it comes to PB, the actress likes it chunky and can finish a quarter of a jar in one sitting.

“I love the texture. Recently I was eating it with crackers and when I finished the crackers, I was lazy to go get more, I just ate it on its own,” she said sheepishly. “It’s not very healthy and since nobody likes double dipping – yes, I stick my fingers in the jar but nobody needs to know – and there was only a little left so I just finished it. Fortunately the new jar of peanut butter that my mum bought is the creamy one. I don’t like it as much as the chunky one or the very chunky one so I won’t eat that much of it. Heng ah!”

Photo: Jayley Woo

Jeremy Chan
Jeremy Chan
18 Jul 2017

Jeremy Chan

Jeremy is a carnivore at heart. He has an insatiable appetite for roast meats and nothing gets him salivating faster than the “holy trinity” of char siew, roast pork and roast duck. He took his obsession to a whole new level when he bought an oven just so he can try his hand at making siew yok. The newlywed proudly shared that his first attempt at roast pork for a potluck party a couple of years ago was a success, though he has not made it since as there’s too much work involved.

These days when he’s lazy to cook, he will da bao his standard order of char siew rice, roast pork, drizzled with dark soy sauce, plus a braised egg. He likes it so much, he once ate it for lunch and dinner for seven days straight.

“When I am on diet, I try to avoid places that sell roast meats because I know I cannot resist temptation,” said Jeremy. “I will tell myself that I will only order chicken breast but I end up caving in and ordering roast pork, braised egg, and a lot of other things. I ever ordered a whole duck for myself and really enjoyed it.”

Photos: Instagram/@jeremychanmy

Cynthia Koh
Cynthia Koh
18 Jul 2017

Cynthia Koh

Cynthia is a self-confessed sucker for spring rolls and popiah. Whether it is deep fried or freshly rolled, as long as she sees it on the menu, she has to have it, even if it is expensive overseas. She indulges in spring rolls at least once or twice a week and the fried ones, which are more shiok, are her guilty pleasure. “Doesn’t matter if it is good or bad, as long as it says popiah or spring roll, OK on!” she said.

Photos: Instagram/@cynthiakoh27

Kayly Loh
Kayly Loh
18 Jul 2017

Kayly Loh

To say Kayly is a chilli lover is an understatement. The "spice girl" eats chilli padi with everything and even goes to extremes of sprinkling it on her Western food and slathering sambal on her toast just for the kick.

“I really love chilli padi. Some people say it spoils [the taste of] the food but I think it adds flavour to any type of food. When I am in the US or western countries for holiday, I feel like dying because there is no spicy food. I don’t bring my own chilli when I travel because I tell myself I shouldn’t be so hardcore but when I am there, I find myself going to Asian markets and restaurants to eat Asian food all the time just for the chilli. I cannot eat burger and pasta every day. I am too Asian for my own good!” laughed Kayly. 

Jesseca Liu
Jesseca Liu
18 Jul 2017

Jesseca Liu

Some food cravings are borne of years of bad eating habits but for Jesseca, her crush for assam laksa has been with her since childhood. It is her comfort food and the first thing she eats when she touches down in her hometown of Langkawi. The actress was first introduced to the spicy-sour noodle dish when she was a three years old and has loved it since. Though good assam laksa is hard to find in Singapore, Jesseca is constantly on the lookout for new places to try and has a few haunts that she heads to when the craving strikes.

“I eat assam laksa at it least once a month and sometimes I will cook it myself. It is not difficult to get ingredients here but there’s a lot of effort involved. Just preparation alone takes two hours so I will make big pot and eat it over a few days,” said Jesseca. “If I had to rate my assam laksa, I would give myself 7.5 marks out of 10.”

Photos: Instagram/@jesssseca

Jeffrey Xu
Jeffrey Xu
18 Jul 2017

Jeffrey Xu

Ask Jeffrey what he misses most when he is overseas - apart from girlfriend Felicia Chin - and his answer will probably be kopi O (black coffee with sugar). The Shanghainese actor can guzzle up to four cups of kopi a day, though he didn’t always enjoy local coffee. As “ang moh coffee” wasn’t always available when he was out filming, he tried kopi bing (iced coffee), which he found to be really fragrant, and is now “addicted” to kopi O, a much healthier choice.

“I miss kopi O when I am overseas. When I go back to Shanghai, I will bring a few packs of instant mix with me but the taste is different. I still like those sock-pulled coffees brewed by the uncles in singlets in the kopitiam. Those are the best,” said Jeffrey. So much so that when he returned from a two-week trip to Shanghai recently, Felicia greeted him at the airport with a cup of kopi O. Awww…

Photos: Instagram/@jeffrey_xu

Denise Camillia Tan
Denise Camillia Tan
18 Jul 2017

Denise Camillia Tan

By Denise’s egg-eating habits, you’d think she is on a bodybuilding diet. The egg Nazi is “very particular” about her egg and her love for hard-boiled eggs (sans yolk because runny ones make her gag) is borderline obsessive. She can eat them daily, gobbling three to four at a go. And sometimes when she feels peckish late at night, she will have another two for supper.

“I love my eggs. I will dip it in soy sauce. It is very Asian. I usually eat it fresh but I love braised eggs and tea leaf eggs too, as long as it is hard-boiled. The other day when we were filming, someone bought hard boiled eggs and there was garlic and chilli padi on it. I went ‘oh my god’ and ended up eating four. But that day I didn’t care. I just ate the whole thing,” said Denise.

Photo: Instagram/@denisecamillia

Lee Teng
Lee Teng
18 Jul 2017

Lee Teng

Lee Teng may only be 33 years young but when it comes to his palate, he has the taste of your mum. The host likes “old school” foods like black forest cake and he must have his daily dose of pu’er tea. “I drink a lot of pu’er tea. Every day, I will bring a bottle of pu’er tea out with me. Initially my mum forced me to drink it because she said it is good for health but slowly I got used to it and now I feel uneasy if I don’t drink it,” he said. “I started drinking it regularly a few years ago, when I hit my 30s – when I started to ‘age’.”

Kate Pang
Kate Pang
18 Jul 2017

Kate Pang

Nothing gets Kate more egg-cited than egg tarts. The mother-of-two was in tart heaven last year when popular Asian pastry chains like Hokkaido’s BAKE and Hong Kong’s Tai Cheong opened shop here. But despite the hype, Tong Heng’s diamond-shaped tarts, which boast a rich, custardy filling, remain Kate’s favourite.

“The crust can be more flakey but I think the filling is creamy and silky. I used to like flakey puff pastry shell that is reminiscent of traditional egg tarts but those are pretty rare these days. Now I prefer crusts with a crumbly texture like that of cheese tarts. I like cheese tarts too, especially those from BAKE. I didn’t have time to get them when I was in Japan recently. I was so devastated. Now I have to queue for them in Singapore,” she lamented.

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