Sunday, March 17, 2013

Kerbside Gourmet - Gourmet Food Truck with a Social Vision




A lot of my blogger friends know Luan, the Extra Virgin Chef. The very first time I read her blog and her story, I was so very impressed with this lady who gave up her 20-year high-flying corporate career as a communications practitioner to learn to cook?! With great determination and passion, she worked as a kitchen intern in 2 restaurants and in between the 2 stints, enrolled and completed a course with At-Sunrice Global Chef Academy. A truly inspirational story.

Although we visited and left comments on each other's blog, exchanged emails and whatsapp messages, arranged to meet up for some foodie event, I had never met Luan in person until today.

When I knew about her new business venture, Kerbside Gourmet, I knew I had to pay this lady a visit to render her the support. Today, I did just that with the family.

Kerbside Gourmet is Singapore's first gourmet food truck that doubles as a social enterprise. They are committed to whip up 4000 home-cooked meals for the needy for every thousand meals sold. In addition, a portion of the profits will also go to charity.

Luan changes the menu periodically. She embraces the sous-vide cooking method (Yum, I like) and that is evident in the food that she served. The current menu includes pea puree with sous vide egg, sous vide chicken/duck salad and cold mentaiko angel hair pasta.

We enjoyed the refreshing dining experience, the first in Singapore, and most importantly, I finally met the lady who has truly inspired me.

Go support Kerbside, support Luan.


Kerbside Gourmet

Current Location: 
National Museum of Singapore
Level 2. 93 Stamford Road

Direction:
At Hill Street, turn left at Central Fire Station into Coleman Street.
Keep left and continue onto Canning Rise as if going to ROM (Registry of Marriage)
Destination is on your right.
Turm right into National Museum bus bay.

11am-5pm (closed on Tuesdays)















57 comments:

  1. Hi Alvin
    When Luan said goodbye in her Extra Virgin Chef, I thought I wont heard and see anymore of her in action, how's she doing lately and I am glad of your this post. I wonder how is the business and it is brave of her to venture something like this in Spore. She must be glad to see you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Mel! Business is quite good according to Luan. I'm sure she's happy to see anyone who's there to support her!

      Delete
  2. I read Luan's blog too, good luck to her in her business! Hope it does well, food looks good. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. In Singapore? Ooooo!!!! Seen on tv in the states - didn't spot any in NZ. Food looks great. Your friend? Good luck to her!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Arthur! Yes, first in Singapore but food trucks are quite common else where. We had few meals from such trucks during our recent OZ trip.

      Delete
  4. Her food looks delicious. She is one strong woman. If I visit Singapore, definitely will pay her a visit. Thanks for the wonderful information. God bless you and family. Enjoy the weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hey Alvin, that's great you met with Luan and ate her food! She is also an inspiration to me too but I am not as brave as she is :) All I can say is Bravo, Luan!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi PH! I know... You listed her as one of the people who inspire you on your blog! :D

      Delete
  6. wow! she's really admirable ^^ definitely a must-do/visit when i'm in spore next. i'll be rooting for kerby!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Alvin, I admire your friend's determination and I believe success will be at her door...for it's a wonderful idea and her business name sounds very appealing too.. for such unique and innovative venture.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Annie! I'm sure Kerby will be a success.

      Delete
  8. This is so inspiring, thank you so much for sharing!

    Ciao
    Alessandra

    ReplyDelete
  9. This sounds amazing. I would love to go check this out.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes Mich! Let's support our local entrepreneur and fellow foodie blogger!

      Delete
  10. Your friend is very brave and I wish her good business , and Huat Ah( very Ah Chi style, hahaha)

    ReplyDelete
  11. As a S'porean, I'm really proud of her! I can imagine the big sacrifice, being in the corporate world for so many yrs before giving up my full-time job. My heart aches whenever I think of the big pay cheque. Hahaha! But I'm happier now, being able to spend more time at home & doing what I like.

    Awesome post, Alvin! Kudos to your friend for taking the big leap. Will look out for the truck if I'm in that area :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too, Shirley! Let's do whatever we can to support Kerbside.

      Maybe you can visit her and do a post on Luxury Haven?!

      Delete
    2. Alvin, certainly not at this moment as I'm swamped with product & food-tasting reviews etc. Still trying to find time to do my hotel reviews. Hope I'll have the chance in the near future :) Kudos to u, dear!

      Delete
    3. Sounds busy and exciting! You take care! :D

      Delete
  12. I like her blog though I haven't been lurking there for quiet sometime :P She's not blogging anymore ? Do you think she'll drive her food truck here for a day ? lol She's truly inspiring ! Alvin , you gotta follow that dream , okay ? :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Anne! To HK? Hmmm maybe one day when the business expands... What do you say, Luan? :D

      Delete
  13. oh, i didnt know that luan is not blogging anymore too. All the best to luan!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ya... All the best to Luan! I miss reading her posts too!

      Delete
  14. Hi Alvin. I do admired people who cook as a career. Much as I love cooking, I do not have the determination to do it full time. Love the food truck. Gorgeous photos!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Same here, Adora! But you do have the talent to go full time.

      Delete
  15. Hi Alvin, thank for sharing. wow, selling gourmet food in the truck. The food look awesome and really admire Luan, feel so proud of her. Wish her all the best.

    So are you drinking pineapple juice now? Aheemmm, aheeemmm... hahaha
    Enjoy your pineapple juice.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha Amelia! Just tasted the power of pineapple juice! LOL!

      Delete
  16. wow very inspiring story! Its great to know that food trucks is happening in asia!

    $20 Target Giftcard Giveaway


    ReplyDelete
  17. aw she is so inspiring! I've read her blog but didn't kmow that she started this kerbside gourmet truck. Sometimes I look at all my friends becoming lawyers and doctors and wonder if I should have followed them (I came from raffles so virtually all my friends went the 'safe' route) but now am so glad that I'm doing what I love, beign surrounded by design and creative ideas and people, and having fun with food styling. I may (probably will be) broke a lot in future, but I'll be happy :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Shu Han! You should be proud of yourself and happy to follow you heart and passion! I said it before and I say it again, you are talented in what you are doing now.

      I, on the other hand, am not as courageous due to my commitment and my young family. If not, I would have gone all out to pursue my dream like Luan.

      Delete
  18. I love to see people chase their dreams! I am right now. very inspiring!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hi Alvin,

    Nice to hear successful stories about aspiring dreams. Luan is so inspirational. Just hop over to her blog to give her "support" :D

    Zoe

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Zoe! You inspire me too! For a working mum, you have amazing energy and passion for you baking and blog!

      Delete
  20. Hmmm, on my next visit to Singapore, I must go to find this Kerbside truck. I tried her recipe, the Hainanese chicken rice b4, I like it! It must be really fun to see the very 1st food truck there? Thanks for sharing this with us!

    ReplyDelete
  21. It's so much fun to meet such talented and like-minded individuals in person..it would be a dream to meet you in person one day, Chef!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Huh Angela! I'm just an ordinary Daddy who just happened to love food and wine like many people out there. :D

      Delete
  22. She is SO inspiring! I didn't know her but I'm going to check her blog. This is my first time seeing Asian food truck like Western kind. Very cute and I wish I can try her food!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, Nami. She inspires me and so many others.

      Delete
  23. Utmost respect to Luan and *knowing myself* I am heading down to Kerbside right away.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi PY! Write something for her on your blog ok?!

      Delete
  24. You are truly a supportive friend Alvin! I've read Luan's blog and have seen her posts on FB about Kerby so I know something of her personal quest and pioneering venture. Very brave woman indeed. I will certainly visit and lend my support. Actually, I'm eyeing the mentaiko pasta. Haven't had it in a while and feel a major craving coming on ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Denise! We are playing hide-and-seek!

      I have great respect and admiration for this lady the day I read her blog. I just want her and Kerby to be successful!

      Delete
  25. i really like this concept because sometimes in the office I went for meetings in singapore, there is also an Old Chang Kee truck that sells food for lunch too.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Alvin,
    Wow! This is a amazing!
    Good food in a truck,. Thanks for sharing all the lovely pictures!
    mui

    ReplyDelete
  27. been wanting to visit kerbside gourmet. Think I shall with your strong recommendation. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi! Thanks for dropping by... Pls do support Kerby!

      Delete
  28. Although we visited and left comments on each other's blog, exchanged emails and whatsapp messages, Food Truck Catering In Los Angeles

    ReplyDelete

There was an error in this gadget
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...