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Damian D’Silva is no stranger to Singapore’s avid foodies. In a career that’s spanned almost two decades, the 63-year-old Masterchef Singapore judge has built a loyal following who’ve schlepped across Singapore just for a taste of his food. From Soul Kitchen in Purvis Street, which he established in 2002, to hawker stall Big D’s in Holland Grove and Bedok South, and the boisterously fun Immigrants Gastrobar along Joo Chiat Road, Damian’s steadfast fans have always been happy to go along with him for the often wild gastronomic ride. At these eateries, Damian served everything from his grandfather’s feng (an Eurasian offal curry) to his grandma’s Peranakan-style yong tau foo, buah keluak fried rice, a mean anchovy pasta, and beautifully char-grilled steaks. In 2017, he settled into Folklore at the four-star hotel Destination Singapore Beach Road, where he refined his menu to a list of Singaporean heritage dishes (mostly Peranakan and Eurasian) to much acclaim.

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