The versatile coconut has made the origins of Katong laksa a hotly debated topic.
But Act 3 International's Ruby Lim-Yang seems to prefer it in her desserts. "I know that coconut-rich foods should not be my first choices for managing cholesterol, but they provide great comfort for my harried soul at this time of the year!" Which happens to include their ongoing Kite Festival festival and Children's Theatre Season. Visit www.act3international.com.sg for details.
Chendol (S$2.50) from Kopitiam (Plaza Singapura, #06-15, drinks stall)
Their version contains a generous amount of coconut milk and gula Melaka, but these are sufficiently balanced so that the dessert turns out sumptuously right to look at and to taste.
Sago Gula Melaka (S$3.50) from Metro-Y (Metropolitan YMCA, 60 Stevens Road)
It is presented very modestly but tastes so fresh and delicious. I love that the sago is light and not in the least lumpy.
Nasi lemak (S$2.50) from Mizzy's Corner (Changi Village Hawker Centre, #01-55)
Changi Village is my regular haunt for Sunday breakfast, and the quantity of ingredients - fried chicken, egg, ikan bilis, rice and cucumber - that this stall gives is just right. I like it that the rice is flavoured just right with coconut milk without it being too heavy.