Since he was a child, Ben has been keen on cooking which he learnt from his nanny. He recalls scraping small snails (siput) with translucent shells off the seawalls close to his childhood home at Lucky Heights, before the area was cleared as part of land reclamation. These snails were simply dunked into chinchalok, and then consumed. His father used to consume this as a side disk at every single meal. He misses the unique salty taste and wonders if anyone else remembers these snails.
While Ben can churn out elaborate Peranakan dishes his favourite food is absolutely simple: Arnott's Fried Chicken!