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Celebrate International Women’s Day with these curated menus

Round up your gal pals for a power-luncheon to mark progress towards a better, more equal, world.

This year, the theme of the 109th International Women’s Day is #EachforEqual: challenging individuals to make a collective difference towards a more equal future for the world.

It’s not just about donations and advocacy – making a small difference in your community might make a world of difference when millions of others do the same.

Singapore’s food scene is advancing as well. While there’ve been revered culinary doyenne for a while (the venerable Violet Oon comes to mind), more women are taking the helm in F&B: some are known for omakase, like Akane Eno of Ichigo Ichie, while others, mixology. And desserts. Especially desserts. Think Janice Wong and Cheryl Koh for a start.

A trio of female culinary heavyweights will be collaborating on Mar 8 at TONO Cevicheria to present an eclectic menu that highlights the strength of each chef to the fullest. The restaurant’s head chef, Tamara Chavez, will work alongside chef-owner of Morsels Petrina Loh and Nouri’s Ashlee Malligan to commemorate the day with Peruvian dishes influenced by their diverse culinary roots.

International Women's Day Women of Taste

Chef Chavez brings mi vuleve a la vida, a mix of fresh seafood like prawns, octopus and crab cured in citrus. The tart, refreshing curing liquid now imbued with the briny essence of the seafood is used in a homemade tomato tiger’s milk. Meanwhile, chef Loh’s rendang taco combines angus rump cooked in housemade rendang paste, red onion raita and green mango pickle fenugreek: a creation reminiscent of her fusion-style cooking at her own establishment. Finally, chef Malligan has created a rich, spicy mole taco that swaps out dark chocolate with buah keluak to accompany slow-cooked Australian lamb shoulder, pickled jalapenos and cocoa nibs.

This menu is more than just good food: chef Chavez wants to empower other women to step up for what they believe in, even when the odds might be against them.

Where else to eat for International Women’s Day 2020

These other restaurants have also crafted menus to commemorate the special day – and of course, treat the ladies in your life to some much-deserved pampering.

  • Mikuni Hina Matsuri Bento Women's Day


    Mikuni

    Chef Keisuke Uno presents a lunch bento at once an ode to Hina Matsuri - a historical Japanese doll festival where families wish their daughters good health and happiness - and also a celebration of women everywhere. With exquisite, quintessential ingredients beautifully presented in a dainty lacquered bento box, the set is a feast for the eyes and your tastebuds. Some highlights include flavours of the sea with dashi-foam adorned live oyster from the Mie Prefecture and a selection of sashimi including Japanese snapper, amberjack and the vaunted tuna belly. Also included is a curated tempura sampler, some braised delicacies and Kuchidiri, an assortment of quaint snacks. The star of the bento is surely the slow-cooked Stanbroke wagyu tenderloin in housemade teriyaki. The bento is accompanied by a hearty miso soup of asari clams and rice simmered in dashi crowned by grilled barracuda. The meal ends off with a classy rose tea jelly dessert with strawberry-flavoured yuzu sauce. Available from Mar 2 - Mar 14, 12pm to 2.30pm.

    80 Bras Basah Rd, Level 3, Fairmont Singapore. Tel: 6431-6156

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