What to eat in 2019

Make savoury waffles topped with smoked salmon, caviar and creme fraiche for brunch on New Year’s Day.
Make savoury waffles topped with smoked salmon, caviar and creme fraiche for brunch on New Year’s Day.PHOTO: NEW YORK TIMES

Here are some highlights on The Straits Times’ food website – ST Food, straitstimesfood.com


The New York Times predicts trends in the food and beverage scene for the new year – more vegetables, improved gut flora and cocktails with less alcohol.

It also says cheese tea will be a thing – Singapore is way ahead on that front – and that plant-based main courses will become mainstays on menus. Watch out for ST’s list of food trends next weekend.

What your palate can expect in 2019: str.sg/o2Hn


Celebrate Winter Solstice, which marks the arrival of the coldest season of the year, with seven traditional eats.

This year, the festival began on Dec 22 and will end on Jan 4.


  • First meal of 2019? Instagram it

  • Share your first meal of the year with ST Food. Here is how to do it:

    1. Take a photo of your first meal.

    2. Post it on Instagram on Jan 1.

    3. Follow, mention and tag @straitstimesfood. Use hashtags #firstmeal2019 and #straitstimesfood.

    Look out for photos of first meals by newsmakers and celebrities at str.sg/firstmeal2019

Tuck into items such as tang yuan, nuts, wontons and dumplings, and read more about the significance behind consuming them.

Winter Solstice: all about Dongzhi and seven things to eat: str.sg/o22J


Sick of Christmas leftovers? We hear you. ST Food picked up six less common recipes for leftovers from Malaysian newspaper The Star. Whip up dishes such as a Moroccan stew with leftover roast beef or lamb, or a baked Alaksa with the remaining half of that log cake.

Recipes for festive leftovers: str.sg/o2FS

How about savoury waffles for brunch on New Year’s Day? These waffles are topped with smoked salmon, caviar and creme fraiche. The batter can also be used for pancakes. When you make them, remember to post a photo on social media and tag us.

Waffles for brunch or as an appetiser: str.sg/o2yj

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Tag and mention us in all your food posts and use the hashtags #StraitsTimesFood and #STFoodTrending.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 30, 2018, with the headline 'What to eat in 2019'. Subscribe