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March 08, 2019


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I hope the book is better than the movie, which I found disappointing. Other than the Singapore setting, the movie followed the same formula as any rom-com you've ever seen... And it could have used more food related scenes—I adore Chinese food—so too bad they cut that one!


Simona, your spring rolls (popiah) look just delightful, so fresh and full of the various flavors and textures. I'm glad you enjoyed the book.


I loved this book and your spring rolls look divine.

Simona Carini

I have not seen the movie, Frank. The novel provided background information on various aspects of Singaporean society which I think made the story more interesting. To be honest, at the beginning I was doubtful, but once I put myself in the perspective of "modern novel of manners set in Singapore" I was able to appreciate the reading. During Rachel's first meal in Singapore there is an explicit reference to Pride & Prejudice (albeit the movie starring Colin Firth, rather than the book). Popiah is a winner: I can't wait to make it again and host a party where guests make their own :)

Simona Carini

It was a great project, Claudia: research, shopping, making, I enjoyed every step. And yes, I ended up devouring the book as well :)

Simona Carini

thank you, Elizabeth :)

cathy branciaroli

I've tried pork in lettuce wraps at a chinese restaurant. these look just as refreshing

Simona Carini

I enjoyed every stage of the preparation, Cathy, particularly the wrapping part :)

Debra Eliotseats

Simona, these look amazing! So delicious!

Simona Carini

Thank you, Debra. They were a great cooking project and a delight to eat :)

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