How Kitchen Capers was formed

The Kitchen Capers online forum was initially created in July 2004 and dedicated to the late Tan Boon Teik, a young gentleman I never knew or loved. He was Kim San and Seok Buay's only child. He passed away suddenly Kim San and Seok Buay are friends I knew from the church I was attending here in Singapore. As it is with all good friends we should help each other when we can. This is my way of helping Kim San and Seok Buay.

The dream of writing and publishing a cookbook was Boon's idea which he shared with his mom. ABoon Teik and Seok Buayfter his death, Seok Buay could never find the strength nor the courage to carry out his dream. Thus, this website was created. And Buay's vision for the future was to teach cooking and Basic English to poor women around the world. So that they do not have to live a life of poverty and living out their days begging in the streets.

Sister Seok Buay was trained to be an English teacher and she is also a gourmet cook. She taught me many secrets in cooking and baking. Things I would have never known even if I had read a lot of cookbooks.

With that in mind, I started the website and a forum message board to share recipes on cooking and baking. Buay taught me the spirit of giving, of charity. She never holds back anything she knew about cooking or baking. Sister Seok Buay taught me many skills, of which I find the most endearing one was Charity. To share openly and without prejuidice and never to hold back anything you learn from others or by yourself. It is only that when you share, you gain. In friendship and in kind. I am deeply encourage and inspired by Sister Seok Buay.

In the year 2008, I started KC online and started selling bake ware products and cake decorations tools via the website. A year later, I opened my first retail store in Singapore at Kallang Bahru.

Sadly to say, Sister Seok Buay went home to the Lord in September 2011 from a drowning accident in Singapore. But her inspiration for life and helping others still lives in me and her teachings taught me that when you loved and cared enough, the world seems to be a better place to be. Her legacy to share lives on. And I hope to carry on her legacy for as long as I can.

Chef Gina Choong

About Gina Choong

Kitchen Capers started as an online forum by Chef Gina Choong in July 2004 which eventually grew into a business that caters to the novices and also the avid bakers. The online forum brought together a community of home chefs from Singapore, Malaysia and as far afield as Sweden, Canada, Australia and the United States. She started teaching at home with the variety of skills from basic baking to chocolate moulding and even cake decoration.

In March 2006, Gina Choong joined Miles Media, then the publisher for Kitchen Culture's Food and Travel magazine and published several recipes for the magazine. In July 2006, she participated in the Singapore Food Festival 2006 and conducted a workshop "Culinary Heritage Series : Hakka Cuisine"

In January 2007, Gina was awarded and nominated as Forum Chef of the month in January 2007 at Chef2Chef.Net, an online culinary forum hosted in USA. Read archived text: http://www.allamericanspeakers.com/speakers/Gina-Choong/9619 And taught several cooking and baking courses at Chef's Secrets Cooking Studio for 18 months.

By October 2007, she had been invited by Ate Media Publishing to submit a dish that reminds overseas people of "home", or something that is quintessentially "Singaporean". Together with the Ministry of Communications, Information and the Arts, she contributed to a food-themed 18 week diary / planner that was distributed to 10,000 'locals' abroad.

In January 2008, she registered Kitchen Capers as an online store and sold bake ware and packaging materials for cakes and pastries. Barely 3 months down, in April 2008, a local magazine(Simply Her Magazine) listed her online store as one of the top 45 e-retailers in the land.

Together with her husband, Mr Benny Lim, they open their first retail shop in May 2009 in the quiet heartlands of Kallang Bahru estate. Chef Gina Choong run the store both online and 'off-line' selling ingredients and bake ware, paper packaging materials, cook books, and chocolate fountains. She continued teaching at home and also at various establishments.

By June 2014, they open their second retial shop at one@kentridge, a new shopping mall managed by NUH.

Kitchen Capers is opened daily from Monday to Friday, 10am to 8pm
Saturday from 10am to 5pm. We are closed on Sunday and Public Holidays. We are also closed on the eve of Chinese New Year and the next 4 days of Chinese New Year

Please contact us to enquire about our products

Tel : 6734 0047 (Kent Ridge Store)

HP : 96676187 (Benny Lim)
HP : 9068 2049 (Gina Choong)

Or email us with your enquiries :

Benny Lim
Email : benny@kitchencapers.net

Gina Choong
Email : gina@kitchencapers.net