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Love - That special ingredient in Mom's cooking

Singapore, 10 May 2013 – From simple desserts to elaborate recipes, readers shared stories about their favourite dishes cooked by their mothers that best represented their love in this year’s CATS Classified Mother's Day promotion, organised by Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) CATS Classified.

About 350 entries were submitted by readers of The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao. The six best entries submitted by readers won a cooking or food related gift worth up to $1,000 for their mothers.

Below are the three winning stories submitted by The Straits Times readers. 

Ms Lim Mui Poh, a personal assistant, recalled having constant squabbles with her older sister when they were young. In an effort to mediate matters, their mother, Mdm Eng Ah Moi decided to make tang yuan(glutinous rice balls) to teach them about family togetherness. Ms Lim said: "Till today, I still enjoy this dish which has so much meaning and is symbolic of my mother's love for us." These days, Mdm Eng, a housewife, still prepares the dish. However, she uses the frozen version instead of making it by hand like she did in the past as age is catching up.

Among the various dishes whipped up by her mother, Dr Koh Meiling felt that her tau huay(soya bean curd) has the most significance, because it shows that it does not require a lot of money to show love. Mdm Mavis Tan, a retired teacher who is now a home-maker, is always extolling the healthy goodness of tau huayto her two daughters. "Throughout my years of food refusal and childhood illnesses as a child, and pregnancy nausea, tau huayhas always been my comfort food and an enduring symbol of my mother's love," Dr Koh said.

Mdm Ong Hoo Chooi, a teacher, frequently made tau eu bak(stewed pork with eggs, mushrooms and garlic) so that her daughter, Ms Maxine Ung would have something to eat when she came back from school during her lower primary school days. Now a lawyer, Maxine still enjoys this dish and calls it “a complete meal by itself”. Mdm Ong takes the extra effort to trim off every bit of fat from the meat as Maxine likes her meat very lean.

These and other selected entries will be published this Sunday, 12 May in the CATS Classified section of The Sunday Times and Lianhe Zaobao. This is the eighth year CATS Classified is organising this tribute to mothers.

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For more information, please contact:

Goh Mei Yi (Ms)
Communications Manager
Advertising & Promotions
CATS Classified, Marketing Division
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 5942
HP: 9683 1280

Kim Soo Nan (Mr)
Head, Advertising & Promotions
CATS Classified, Marketing Division
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 5978
HP: 9827 0148

Deror Wong (Mr)
Senior Executive
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1226
HP: 9848 6934

About CATS Classified

CATS Classified is part of the Marketing Division of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. It offers the most comprehensive marketplace for products, services and employment through CATS Classified in The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao, Shin Min Daily News, CATS Klassified in Berita Harian & CATS Fastads in The New Paper.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile

Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 330 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; Stomp,, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times' iPad and smartphone applications. SPH's Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital platforms which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.


SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss 92 and HOT FM91.3 in English.

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising company.


SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its second retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. SPH‘s latest retail development project, The Seletar Mall, is slated for completion by end 2014.

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