It had to be clearly Singaporean, and it had to have roots which connect directly to our Gin
After Stamford Raffles's allotment in 1822, the Chinese colonised the tiger-infested Tanglin area, growing sireh, pepper, nutmeg and gambier.
We like to think that we are somehow continuing this tradition in a 21st Century way
Tanglin was named after the Chinese name twa tang leng which means "great east hill peaks”.
It is a neighbourhood in Singapore that used to be home to many Spice plantations. Like its famous neighbour Orchard, 17th century Tanglin mostly comprised of gambier, nutmeg and pepper plantations. But, again like its neighbour, the colonial period saw Tanglin converted into residences for the Europeans and Chinese.