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SINGAPORE

SHARLENE TEO,
AUTHOR

N

OT MANY FIRST-TIME
authors start generating
buzz two years before
their debut, but 30-year-old
Sharlene Teo's Singapore-set
novel Ponti, out in the UK in April
and in the U.S. in September,
has already earned her comparisons to Zadie Smith. Teo is
a PhD student in creative and
critical writing at the University
of East Anglia, but she's been
amassing awards at a steady
clip: the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship and David T.K.
Wong Creative Writing Fellowship at her university, as well as

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V I RT U O S O L I F E

LITERARY LION "Singapore has
great independent bookstores,"
Teo says. One of her favorites
can be found in the Tiong Bahru
neighborhood. "Tiong Bahru
is basically a gentrified area
of Singapore now, where all
the millennials hang out." The
neighborhood was home to the
oldest public housing project
in Singapore and has been
revitalized in recent years with
eclectic shops and businesses
catering to a hip crowd: "There
are loads of cute coffee places,
secondhand vintage stores, and
cool bars," says Teo. The area's
premier bookshop is the beloved
BooksActually. "It's a stalwart
in the Singapore literary scene,
with a huge collection of poetry,
great independent endeavors,

and a couple of resident cats,"
Teo says.

SWEET STOP Singaporean
cuisine is synonymous with its
famous noodles and street food,
but local desserts with Chinese,
Malay, Indian, English, and French
influences and ingredients such
as fresh coconut, sesame seeds,
pandan leaves, jackfruit, and
bean curd are well worth a try
at the city's many sweet shops.
"Also in Tiong Bahru, there's a
bakery called Galicier Pastry,
where you can find old-school
Singapore confectionery," Teo
says. "Ondeh-ondeh is kind of like
a coconut sugary-sweet treat, and
nonya kueh is shredded coconut
wrapped with pandan-infused
crepe skin. They're really delicious,
and really bad for you."
BEST SOUP "Bak kut teh
translates to 'meat-bone tea,' but
it's not as gross as it sounds,"
Teo says. "It's spareribs in a rich,
peppery soup, and you have it
with rice and fried bread. I like to
have it with kidneys as well. I know
it's not to everyone's taste, but

(SINGAPORE) LAURYN ISHAK

the inaugural Deborah Rogers
Foundation Writers' Award for an
excerpt from Ponti. These days,
Teo divides her time between
London and Singapore, where
she was born and raised. What
does she love about her hometown? "It's constantly changing,
never staying still," she says.



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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018
Contents
Editor’s Note
Contributors
The Virtuoso Life
Passport
Bon Voyage
Suite Talk
Inspired By
City to Go
Seat at the Bar
On the Table
Style & Design
Well Traveled
Port of Call
Greater Good
Dossier
In My Bag
My Town
When in Rome
Noodle on This
Interview
Need to Know
Souvenir
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Dossier
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - My Town
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