Some days I love to have a one dish meal, that’s when I toss some cabbage, carrots, radishes and tofu into some vegetable stock and it becomes a delicious meal. I made this food art out of onigiri, with cheese and nori details, to have together with the vegetable soup.
This food art is based on a painting I saw, where a trishaw driver is pulling along a lady dressed in a cheongsam in the carriage. This is a typical scene from the 1930s or 1940s in Singapore, and some parts of South East Asia. A trishaw (cycle rickshaw) is a bicycle attached to a small two wheeled carriage, and the driver pedals along on his bicycle to pull the passengers along. Today there are still a small handful of trishaws available in Singapore, but these are located mainly in tourist spots.
The driver’s shirt and lady’s cheongsam, as well as the awning of the rickshaw, are made of rice with tomato sauce to give a reddish tint. The driver’s trousers and details on the rickshaw and bicycle are made of nori and cheese. I added some firecrackers made using crabstick, this gives a festive feel to this food art as Chinese New Year is just around the corner.