Robin’s Eurasian Recipes
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Growing up, Quentin and his five siblings—no matter what they were doing—were always home on Sunday for lunch and dinner. Those two meals were always cooked by their father, Robin Pereira. Robin took to cooking after his father and brother were killed in action. He did so because his mother went to work and he was left to care for his sister. The dishes he prepared were passed on to him by his mother, Charlotte, who along with her sisters catered for Eurasian weddings.The word Eurasian is a portmanteau of European and Asian. Literally, it means a person born of a European and an Asian. In Singapore, the term Eurasian is recognised officially, and the people are considered a race in and of themselves. Eurasian food is an exotic blend of East and West. It is quintessential fusion food, going back to the 16th century.As executive chef and owner of Quentin’s—the Eurasian Restaurant, Quentin Pereira carries on his father’s legacy, satisfying exotic cravings of epicureans from all corners of the world. This book is a collection of his dad’s well-guarded secret recipes, published as an easy-to-follow, elegantly designed cookbook.
Robin’s Eurasian Recipes is part of Epigram Books’ award-winning Heritage Cookbook series, which showcases the best of Singapore’s major cuisines through authentic family recipes.
“Quentin’s is probably one of the last few fortresses where authentic home cooked Eurasian food is still being defended from the bombardment of development.”
— Dr Leslie Tay, www.ieatishootipost.sg
“[Robin Pereira’s] attention to detail is seen in the recipes of his recently launched cookbook, Robin’s Eurasian Recipes, which come with instructions, down to the length, on how ingredients in each dish should be cut.”
— The Straits Times
About the Authors
Robin Pereira was the chef at the Straits cuisine restaurant Casa Bom Vento in Joo Chiat. He inherited many of his recipes from his mother, a caterer for Eurasian weddings, from whom he learnt to cook by watching her at work in the kitchen. Robin’s son, Quentin Pereira, is the chef-owner of the celebrated Eurasian restaurant Quentin’s on Ceylon Road, and is a leading name in Eurasian cuisine in Singapore. Quentin is the author of two cookbooks, and hosted his own TV show, The Skinny Chef, which featured him cooking with other local Eurasian celebrities.
Size: 125 x 220mm
Published: November 2009