Local cooks in need of special spices know just where to go: Anthony the Spice Maker (ATSM) at Chinatown Complex. The heritage business, which has been around for over 30 years and is best known for their Curry Powder Singapura, is currently helmed by master blender Anthony Leow, who insists on crafting the authentic flavours of Singapore through quality, ethically-sourced ingredients.
Recently though, things have been spicing up with the addition of Leow’s daughter, Min Ling. Having helped out at ATSM since her school days, the vivacious 26-year-old decided to join the third-generation family business full-time in 2018. Since then, she has expanded their product line-up to include a new wellness range.
A self-professed lover of tea, Min Ling bugged her father to let her come up with something to do with teas and spices. “I thought to myself: I love tea, especially masala chai, and we have all these spices lying around, so why not create a masala chai blend?” The result was an aromatic tea blend, scented with hints of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves. She has also introduced a 3-in-1 blend of turmeric, ginger, and black pepper.
“These are ancient Ayurvedic remedies that have been proven to have health benefits,” Min Ling explains. “So if you have higher cholesterol, you can take the 3-in-1 as a shot daily. Or if you have higher sugar levels, consume more of the masala chai.” The best part? The blends are all customisable. Switch up from the usual black tea leaves to rooibos for some decaffeinated masala chai, or add your own milk or mylk (non-dairy milk) to make a ‘golden latte’ with the 3-in-1 blend.
While Min Ling is all fired up over her wellness creations, seasoned hand Anthony has a new trick up his sleeve – a Bak Kut Teh mix. Instead of boiling the spices in a bag as per traditional recipes and tossing them after, you can now just add a tablespoon of his ground Bak Kut Teh. Same full aroma, no wastage involved.
Anthony the Spice Maker blends are available online and at their two retail stores in Chinatown.