Friday, 31 July 2015

Someone Has Stolen the Sam Tan's Kitchen Logo! :(

Update 12 Aug 2015: The sign has been replaced and this issue is now resolved. Thank you to everyone who helped me get in touch with the family running this business, and thank you Ollivander's Kitchen for cooperating swiftly.

Dear Ollivander, or whoever owns Ollivander's Kitchen in Singapore,

It has just been brought to my attention that you've stolen my logo and are using Mini Cartoon Me as a sign for your hawker stall in the May Hua food court in Raffles Place.  By sheer luck, a friend happened to stop there today for lunch and sent me this photo:

This is all very surreal.

I hold no ill feelings towards you, in fact I am very flattered that you like my doodle of my own likeness so much that you would co-opt it without my permission. I'm sure you are a well-meaning small business owner that simply settled on my image after innocently Googling "cute food logos", but as I announced on 29 October 2014 with this post, I created her literally from scratch with color pens and spent many hours self-teaching Adobe Illustrator before I perfected "something simple and personal to capture the essence of me".  I specifically parted the hair the way I usually wear it, put lines where my collarbones stick out, added the loop earrings I frequently wear and drew the plate to look like both my favorite dish of all time, Hainanese Chicken Rice, as well as Malaysia's national dish Nasi Lemak. In other words, my logo truly is a carefully crafted and very precious Digital Mini Me, so I hope you in turn will bear no ill feelings when I implore you to please take it down now

I'm sorry if printing that big sign cost you some money, and I hope it won't make too much of a dent for you to reprint a new one with my logo removed.

If you, Ollivander, are reading this, I would appreciate it very much if you would drop me a line at so we can resolve this amicably without any legal wrangling. 

In the meantime, if any Singaporeans out there are reading this and happen to pop by May Hua food court, please mention to the stall owner that I am trying to get in touch and get me a phone number or email address if you can.

Thank you.

Samantha Tan
Sam Tan's Kitchen  

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Louiza's Bridal Shower Tea Party

SAM TAN'S KITCHEN HAS MOVED! Please visit the new website/online store at for all catering enquiries. You can also follow Sam on InstagramFacebook and Twitter. Thank you!

Sam Tan's Kitchen caters home-cooked food made from scratch for just about anything, from intimate romantic dinners to low-budget film shoots to canapĂ©-style receptions. To enquire for your next event, drop me a line at :)

A few weeks ago my actress friend Ri got in touch to ask if I would cater a bridal shower she was in charge of organizing for her friend. We traded ideas on the phone, and I scribbled down thematic keywords including "pretty", "nibbles", and "cute", which then helped me draw up a suggested menu of 26 appropriate bitesize options and a range of centerpiece cakes to choose from.

After some discussion, I'm glad to say Ri and her fellow bridesmaids settled on some excellent sweet and savory selections, as well as my signature rose buttercream cake :)

And so behold, the "cute pretty nibbles" presented today at Sam Tan's Kitchen's first bridal shower tea party! Thank you Ri for hiring me and congratulations again to the beautiful bride-to-be Louiza! 

The menu (clockwise from top right): 
Chocolate fudge cake with vanilla buttercream roses, London Almond truffles, Malaysian coconut crepes, assorted sandwiches (roast vegetable and Swiss cheese, tuna scallion, black forest ham and muenster), mini butter shortbread hearts, bitesize sausage rolls.