By Tan Kee Yun
The New Paper
Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014
Some say that the key to a good marriage is give-and-take and making compromises.
Local actress-host Jade Seah, 31, will be tying the knot with her sweetheart in January and she knows all too well that compromise applies to one’s dining choices too
“My fiance and I don’t have the same favourite foods,” she said over lunch with M at Japanese restaurant Shirokiya at Chijmes.
“I adore soup and steamboat, especially mala hotpot with all the pork belly and beef inside. I (wouldn’t) mind having that every day.
“He, on the other hand, has a heavier palate and loves stuff like murtabak and nasi briyani.”
With a laugh, the slender 1.72m-tall beauty added: “It’s odd. I actually grew up eating a lot of Indian food with my mum’s side of the family (her mother is Eurasian), but somehow, I prefer my food lighter.”
But Seah explained that things are not always so divided.
“He’s sweet, though, he usually gives in to me. But the minute he’s alone with his friends, he’ll have chicken rice and nasi lemak, one of those heavy things.”
Given how much of a steamboat fan Seah is, it seems fitting that we were enjoying a hearty hotpot in chicken and collagen stock, served with side dishes of cold tofu and mackerel. Seah described herself as a “very fussy eater”, but she still loves her food and cannot understand people who have no culinary interest.
She recalled a recent baffling dining experience with the “most un-foodie person I ever met”.
“I was like, ‘What do you want to have?’ and she didn’t seem to care. She was totally uninterested in food. I won’t say I am a huge foodie, but I am picky about what I consume. You can say I live to eat.”
Your big day is just a few months away. Do you foresee yourself going on a pre-wedding diet?
Not really. I’m quite happy with my size now. I work out five times a week — it’s been part of my lifestyle for a long while. I’d probably just maintain my current weight. I wouldn’t look nice in photos if I’m too thin!
Are you particular about the quality of food at your wedding?
It has to be good enough for my guests, that’s for sure. My wedding dinner banquet will be roundtable Chinese-style
I’m traditional in that sense... And also because I like Chinese food. (Laughs) As for my wedding lunch reception, it’ll be an international buffet with something for everybody.
Where do you and your beau go for a nice meal?
It’s embarrassing. Due to my immense love for mala hotpot, we always choose Hai Di Lao, a restaurant chain from Sichuan with outlets at Clarke Quay and 313 @ Somerset, and Imperial Treasure Steamboat Restaurant.
We go there A LOT. Of late, my fiance has been limiting our mala hotpot sessions to once a week. Unlike me, he doesn’t like to eat the same thing every day.
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