Have you heard of the binjai tree and its fruit?

The binjai fruit looks like a mango, but is more pungent and fibrous. A mature 28m-tall binjai tree stands in the garden of retiree Lee Li-Ming's home in Binjai Park. It has Heritage Tree status and fruited earlier this year.
Vegan ramen topped with crispy pan-fried tofu cubes coated in hoisin sauce.
Vegan ramen topped with crispy pan-fried tofu cubes coated in hoisin sauce.PHOTO: WASHINGTON POST

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Binjai Park, a neighbourhood in Bukit Timah, used to have many towering binjai trees, but only a handful remain. The area was previously a fruit plantation with binjai trees.

The binjai is a large tree with a dense crown and it is of the mango family. It is known to flower from April to June, but does not fruit every year.

I spoke to Mrs Lee Li-Ming, 81, whose binjai tree in the garden of her Binjai Park home has been given Heritage Tree status. Her tree fruited earlier this year.

The fruit is similar to a mango, but more pungent and fibrous. She enjoys it on its own or as a chutney with sweet soya sauce and chilli padi.

More about this heritage binjai tree: http://str.sg/binjai


The Singapore Heritage festival, which began last Friday, features more than 15 food-centric events that include workshops and food trails.

ST Food highlights six of the events, including next weekend's Balestier Food Trail, which will showcase a herbal tea business and a traditional bakery, and the Armenian Street Party on April 20 and 21.

Six events for foodies: http://str.sg/ociM


Add coconut milk to this vegan version of ramen for a touch of silkiness. The recipe also calls for curry powder and garlic for extra flavour.

Featured in The Washington Post and adapted from Chloe Flavor: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy, Vegan (Clarkson Potter, 2018), it includes toppings such as cubes of crispy pan-fried tofu glazed in a sweet and sticky hoisin sauce.

Vegan ramen recipe: http://str.sg/ocfu

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 08, 2018, with the headline 'Make vegan ramen'. Print Edition | Subscribe