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PAP's Aljunied candidates try 'recommended' oyster omelette

LOCAL SPECIALITIES: (From left) Yeo Guat Kwang, Shamsul Kamar, K. Muralidharan Pillai and Chua Eng Leong sharing a plate of Serangoon Gardens' orh luak and epok epok. Their teammate, Victor Lye, was "busy with the media".


    Sep 03, 2015

    PAP's Aljunied candidates try 'recommended' oyster omelette

    FROM Fengshan to Punggol East and now Aljunied, one thing is clear - orh luak (oyster omelette) has emerged as the dish of the 2015 General Election.

    It was again the go-to choice for breakfast when the People's Action Party's (PAP) Aljunied team of candidates were on a walkabout yesterdaymorning.

    In a Facebook post on the PAP Aljunied Group Representation Constituency page, team leader Yeo Guat Kwang and his teammates Shamsul Kamar, K. Muralidharan Pillai and Chua Eng Leong were pictured at Serangoon Gardens tucking into orh luak and some curry puffs.

    The post read: "While Victor Lye is busy with the media, the four of us decided to enjoy the famous Serangoon Gardens orh luak and freshly made epok epok. Recommendations from residents we met this morning." Mr Lye is the fifth member of the team.

    The team are hoping to wrest the five-seat ward back from the Workers' Party (WP).

    The now famous orh luak dish first caused fevered speculation when WP chairman Sylvia Lim posted on Instagram a picture of herself enjoying the dish in Fengshan Single-Member Constituency.

    PAP's candidate for Fengshan, Cheryl Chan, later commented that the Fengshan food centre is more famous for bak chor mee (minced meat noodles), not orh luak.

    The party's Charles Chong, who is also in a battle against WP in Punggol East SMC, also made reference to the dish when he took a dig at the WP later.

    "After Polling Day, we also want to be able to eat orh luak or orh neng (oyster egg omelette) - whatever you call it - with residents at Aljunied, Hougang and Punggol East. And the dish will taste better if we are their elected representatives," he had said, referring to the three WP-held constituencies that PAP is fighting to win back in the Sept 11 polls.

    Win or lose, the biggest victor of the election might just be orh luak hawkers.