As countries across Southeast Asia started going into lockdown early last year, demand for online grocery shopping skyrocketed. According to Richard Ruddy, the head of grocery at Lazada and the chief of Redmart (the e-commerce platform's e-grocery unit), local farmers and growers were the ones who picked up the slack in supply chains that were suddenly broken.
Right now, as we remain in Phase 2 Heightened Alert, it's more important than ever to acknowledge the efforts of our local farmers with a sense of gratitude and pride.
Presenting "Surprise Supplies with Gen Lee", our makan video series that shines the spotlight on our local farmers and their lovingly grown produce. Hosted by MasterChef Singapore runner-up Gen Lee, this cooking programme has her crafting tasty dishes using "surprise supplies" brought in by local farmers. Binge-watch all the videos below, or tap on the links to go to the respective articles for each episode.
Enjoy - and stay safe!
In this first episode, what Shanice Lim from local barramundi (sea bass) fish farm Kühlbarra brings to the table prompts Gen Lee to rustle up something inspired by North Indian cuisine.
Plus, find out more about, Sourbombe, Gen's artisinal sourdough bomboloni bakery business (a bomboloni is essentially a filled doughnut), a concept which she conceived during last year's Circuit Breaker.
When Sidney Chua from Citizen Farm turns up with a Citizen Box filled with pretty surprises, Gen turns it into a veritable "edible Garden City".
Eddie Chen, the founder of Root Farm, surprises our talented host with nutritious produce from his urban indoor farm.
Jackson Chua from Jurong Frog Farm hops into the kitchen with some gifts from Singapore's only licensed frog farm.
Allan Lim from ComCrop drops by with the freshest rooftop garden-grown greens. Can Gen lettuce-wrap her head around this challenge?