“Uncle, add one more packet of chilli”, that’s my standard request when I take away food at the chicken rice store just a few blocks down from home.
Sambal chilli, Chilli Padi, green chilli – the list is endless for Singaporeans’ favourite chillis. One thing’s for sure: We can’t live without it.
It’s natural that condiments go for free in Singapore. Auntie and uncle don’t tell you to pay an extra dollar for the chilli you takeaway to go with your Nasi Lemak. Even at big restaurants, chilli padi and green chilli is a free-flow entitlement to us. Perhaps it makes sense for condiments to be free of charge in restaurants when you pay extra for GST and service charges. But