ST Life editor Tan Hsueh Yun launches cookbook based on her popular column

The Straits Times Life editor Tan Hsueh Yun with her new cookbook Hunger Management.
The Straits Times Life editor Tan Hsueh Yun with her new cookbook Hunger Management. PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Clip no more. The Straits Times Life editor Tan Hsueh Yun's recipes, published fortnightly in The Sunday Times since 2008, have now been compiled into a new 144-page cookbook.

Published by Straits Times Press and named after Ms Tan's long- running food column, Hunger Management will be soft-launched this weekend at the Singapore Coffee Festival at Marina Bay Cruise Centre.

It compiles 63 recipes "that connected with readers", says Ms Tan, 49. The veteran food writer, who has a loyal readership, was food editor of Life from 2012 to last year. Before that, she was deputy news editor from 2010 to 2012.

Her book's recipes are categorised according to courses, from appetisers to desserts. Each dish has been labelled Feeling Peckish, Just Ravenous, Still Hungry and Sweet Cravings.

"My approach to the book is simple - to describe the various kinds of hunger and how you would go about satisfying them," she says.


Recipes include ones for Thai-style chicken wings, inspired by her favourite fried chicken at Bangkok's Greyhound Cafe chain; a honeyed char siew made with pork shoulder butt; and how to make deliciously crisp potatoes roasted in goose fat.

Creating recipes, however, has not always been smooth-sailing.

For example, it took her more than 10 attempts to get her recipe for madeleines right. These are small shell-shaped cakes written about in Marcel Proust's Remembrance Of Things Past. It was a "comedy of errors", she recalls.

In her recipe for Hokkaido Ramen, which she plans to share in her next cookbook, she went through more than 100 eggs before she managed to nail the perfect ajitsuke tamago or ramen egg with a gooey yolk.

Hunger Management, a cookbook comprising recipes by The Straits Times Life editor Tan Hsueh Yun, will be launched at the Singapore Coffee Festival. PHOTO: THE STRAITS TIMES PRESS

She says it is both heartwarming and heartbreaking to know that some readers religiously clip her recipes for filing.

"Now they (readers) have a proper book to refer to when cooking," she says.

• Hunger Management will be available at the Singapore Coffee Festival at $20. It is also available at selected bookstores including Books Kinokuniya ($26.75 with GST).


WHERE: Singapore Coffee Festival, Marina Cruise Centre, 61 Marina Coastal Drive

WHEN: Tomorrow, 2.30pm; Sunday, 4pm at the ST Press Booth

ADMISSION: The sessions are free but eventgoers must purchase tickets for the festival at $22 ($18 for DBS and POSB cardholders and ST subscribers)

INFO: Go to or e-mail


WHERE: Forecourt, Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road WHEN: Aug 19, 3 to 3.45pm

WHERE: Books Kinokuniya, Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road, Tower B, Level 4

WHEN: Sept 9, 3.30 to 4.30pm WHERE: Popular, B1-41 Jurong Point Shopping Centre, 1 Jurong West Central 2 WHEN: Sept 17, 4 to 4.45pm

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 04, 2017, with the headline 'Never go hungry again with this book'. Print Edition | Subscribe