Ronny Chieng on 'Crazy Rich Asians,' Singapore Eats, and Coming Up in Melbourne

By On August 10, 2018

Ronny Chieng on 'Crazy Rich Asians,' Singapore Eats, and Coming Up in Melbourne

Ronny Chieng wants to talk food. We’re supposed to be dissecting his two months spent on location in his native Malaysia and Singapore for Crazy Rich Asians, the new sure-to-be-Hollywood-blockbuster filmed in which he plays Eddie Cheng, cousin to the lead. After that, we’re supposed to touch on his new Comedy Central digital series, Ronny Chieng: International Student (streaming August 13), that’s drawn from his time at the University of Melbourne Law School, while cutting his teeth as a comedian in a bloke-heavy culture.

And we do. Both the series and the movie sound greatâ€"you should watch them. But we’d rather talk about where to get a great bowl of char kway teow in Singapore, or the best brunch in Melbourne. Turns out Chieng is something of a wandering, Bourdain-like food fiend, who has Google Maps literally sta r-studded with his favorite restaurants and bars. He shares them with his friends, but he’s started offering them up to the masses on his website, imokwithanything.com. “Surrounded by idiots who can’t decide where to eat?” the site asks. “Here’s comedian Ronny Chieng’s concise guide to eating, drinking, and playing.” It starts with his picks for brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, late-night eats, and bars in Melbourne, but he plans to expand to other cities. His focus is borne of his needs, he says. As a comedian, “you want to be able to eat late-night after the show, and find a quiet spot for a drink where you won’t blow out your voice. Where you can eat good food, have a drink and a conversation. Then you wake up late and have a great brunch.”

“I’m all about this shit,” Chieng adds. “I yell at people to go to these places.” Chieng and his fellow CRA castmate, star Henry Golding (who’s half-Malaysian), became the Pied Pipers of the cast and crew, making sure they didn’t waste a single meal while filming. “I made it very clear that eating anything other than local food would be 100 percent unacceptable to me and everyone in the country,” Chieng says. “Awkwafina wanted to go Chili’s. I was adamant that she would not be allowed to eat thereâ€"but I think she snuck in there in the end.”

Chieng loves being on the hunt for great crab noodles or steamed fish; he'll recommend a mix of traditional and trendy, like P.S. 150 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city. “It’s an old Malaysian toy store in the shopfront, and in the back is a bar,” he says. “In the past, KL would try to copy Western influences: You’d have a Hard Rock Cafe, a McDonald’s, and an Irish pub. Now you see all these Malaysian kids educated overseas who come back and open cool coffee places and speakeasies. They take Western ideas and make them authentically Asianâ€"it’s really cool fusion.”

Want to know wher e else to go in Chieng’s adopted city and city-state? He gives us a few of his favorite spots below.

Singapore

Tong Ah Eating House
"Traditional eating house with great laid-back vibes. Everything on the menu is great but you must try the teh tarik made from scratch, the kaya toast, and the tea pork ribs."

Olde Cuban (cigar bar)
"I’m very glad to have found this place on my last trip back. Tucked away in Chinatown at 2 Trengganu Street, it has a real secret-and-classy-but-casual-bar vibe where you can have a quiet drink and a cigar with friends in comfort. If you’re looking for something light, I recommend a nice Montecristo no. 5 with a bourbon on the rocks."

Mount Faber Nasi Lemak
"Open late and a favorite with the surrounding late-night clubbing crowd. You can get a traditional mix of traditionally Singaporean homemade dishes mixed with rice the way they used to do it in school cafeteri as around the country."

Melbourne

Kaprica
"In a town of Italian food this one stands out. Great gourmet thin-crust pizzas and dressed-down pasta in a relaxed but classy setting."

Bar Americano
"Speakeasy with a mid-20th-century look. Small, cozy, beautifully crafted, and quiet interior that can only fit about 15 people. No photos and no music. Try the freshly hand-pressed orange juice."

Auction Rooms
"Beautiful, relaxed interior in a easy to get to but still quiet part of town. Everything on the seasonal menu is usually great with the top-notch coffee that is a minimum requirement in all great Melbourne brunch spots."

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