《媽哩媽哩烘》Film Review | Love crosses all barriers, Laughter embraces all differences!


6 May 2021

《媽哩媽哩烘》is much better than expected. It seems to touch on ordinary and monotonous issues but actually incorporates a huge amount of information. Through a relaxed and humorous tone, it tells this love story under a huge cultural barrier. The film is 112 minutes long, with a brisk rhythm and no sloppiness. The director likes to put two extreme values together, presenting a "contradictory showdown" one after another, which brings out wonderful sparks again and again. Enjoyed and satisfied!”

"Fall in Love with Chinese Roast Pork Prince" Malay Baking Princess' Choice

林佳妮, TVBS 新聞

6 May 2021

Thank you TVBS 新聞 and 林佳妮 for highlighting quotable quotes from Not My Mother's Baking and using them to tell the essence of the story.

Singapore Romantic Comedy《媽哩媽哩烘》Interracial Marriage, Witty and Joyful!

SJKen 的浮光掠影

5 May 2021

The whole film cleverly highlights the love and affection between two Singaporean families of different races, one Malay and one Chinese. Due to the differences in race, cultural etiquette, religious beliefs and food, a series of misunderstandings are derived. As long as you are honest and call for true love in your heart, you must try your best to eliminate the voices of fear and opposition from others. From the first acquaintances that cause disputes and frictions which then leads to mutual affection and laughter, the film explodes into a series of lively and witty dialogue. The festive marriage makes people laugh and cry, and it is also full of joy!

FilMart Wraps up With Deals and Meetings Set to Continue Online

Patrick Frater, Variety

18 Mar 2021

Singapore-based investment, production and licensing firm 108 Media picked up two Singaporean indie projects produced in late 2020: feature documentary “The Last Artisan” about an ageing master craftsman who must past his tools to the next generation, directed by Craig McTurk; and social comedy “Not My Mother’s Baking,” about religious and cultural misunderstandings in the age of social media, by veteran director Remi M Sali.

Remi M Sali of Studio59 Concepts Wants to Buck the Conventional Tropes of Malay Actors

Men's Folio

9 Mar 2021

I find film making gleefully exciting, but absolutely nerve-wracking at the same time. Ho Pak Kin (co-founder of Studio59 Concepts) and I challenge ourselves to create local-centric content that everyone loves to watch, but nobody dares to make. With Malay content, there are so many subject matters that have yet to be explored and showcased, which can be universally accepted and appreciated.

Exclusive Interview with Remi M Sali and Chef Sarah Ariffin

Siti Zulaikha Binte Zainudin, The UrbanWire

20 Jan 2021

Not My Mother’s Baking is a rare film that presents the faultlines in inter-ethnic and inter-faith Singapore in a point-blank yet light-hearted way. We have the opportunity to interview director Remi M Sali, a Ngee Ann Poly graduate and Chef Sarah Ariffin, who plays the female lead in the film. Here’s what they have to say about the controversial portrayals in their film.

Film Review: Not My Mother’s Baking (2020)

Siti Zulaikha Binte Zainudin, The UrbanWire

18 Jan 2021

Eye-opening. That was the first word that came to mind when I was leaving the theatre after watching local film Not My Mother’s Baking. More than just a romance comedy and culinary drama, this local film explores the complex interracial and interfaith relations that are ever so present and not so talked about in Singapore.

Common Mistakes: Do not blindly reject the term 'babi' (pig)

Nurul Ain Razali, Berita Minggu

17 Jan 2021

"BABI! Babi! Babi!" That was one of the dialogues of the narrator of a romantic comedy film screening recently by Studio59 Concepts, Not My Mother's Baking. The 112-minute film tells the story of an extraordinary encounter between the son of a roasted pork rice seller, Edwin, and a Muslim pastry chef, Sarah. Personally, the film can be a trigger for honest, open and relaxed discussions on religious and racial issues. However, this column will discuss in particular the word 'babi' following the hilarious dialogue from the language perspective and its relationship with the community.

‘Not My Mother’s Baking’ Bukan Cinta Biasa

Pengkritik Sandiwara

9 Jan 2021

Sekiranya korang ternampak trailer filem Not My Mother’s Baking ni, pasti korang dapat agak bahawa filem ini pasal another kisah cinta antara Melayu dan Cina yang dilarang dek perbezaan budaya dan agama, tapi akhirnya dapat dileraikan. Tapi, apa yang membuat perjalanan cinta watak Sarah dan Edwin lebih menarik adalah personaliti keluarga masing-masing yang menambahkan flavour kepada kisah cinta ala Romeo dan Juliet ini.

Roast Pork Hawker's Son Marries a Malay Girl , New Local Film with Daring Dialogue 叉烧肉摊贩儿子娶马来女孩 , 本地新片对白敢敢讲

李亦筠, Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报

12 Dec 2020

Is it a headache for the son of a roast pork hawker to fall in love with a Malay girl? The local movie Not My Mother's Baking tells such a story, director Remi M Sali dares to accept the challenge. In an interview with Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报, he candidly said that the film explores the cultural and religious beliefs of different races. The plot and bold dialogue in the film made the cast and crew nervous for him.

‘Not My Mother’s Baking’ to be released in Taiwanese theatres 《不是我妈妈的烘焙》有机会台湾戏院上映

李亦筠, Lianhe Wanbao 联合晚报

10 Dec 2020

Local movie Not My Mother's Baking caught the favour of Taiwanese distributor Cineplex Development Co. and is slated for a theatrical release there. The Taiwanese film distribution company has previously picked up Eric Khoo's 'My Magic' and Yeo Siew Hua’s Golden Horse award-winning film 'A Land Imagined'.

Film Review: Understanding and Familial Love Triumphs Over Social Taboos in Romantic Comedy ‘Not My Mother’s Baking’

Matthaeus Choo, Sinema

9 Dec 2020

Local romantic comedy Not My Mother’s Baking reimagines Romeo and Juliet for modern Singapore. The film is bold in its challenge of religious, cultural and racial sensitivities in the country, holding the accolades for being the first Singaporean film to feature a Malay lead speaking English for most of the film, and for being the first film in the world to showcase the Islamic conversion of a man led by a woman religious leader.

Not My Mother’s Baking — New local film surrounding Singapore’s food culture

Basil, SethLui.com

9 Dec 2020

I believe I am not alone in my love for cinema. In particular, movies about food. There is nothing that gets my cravings going more than seeing a dish on the big screen—think ramen from Tampopo (1985), or ratatouille from, well, Ratatouille (2007). Imagine my excitement when Not My Mother’s Baking (2020), Studio59 Concept’s latest work, was announced in September of 2019. Over a year later, I am pleased to report that the film is finally hitting the cinemas.

Q&A with director Remi M. Sali and producer Ho Pak Kin on Not My Mother's Baking for SGIFF 2020

31st Singapore International Film Festival

8 Dec 2020

Q&A with director Remi M. Sali and producer Ho Pak Kin on Not My Mother's Baking for SGIFF 2020.

Film Review: Not My Mother’s Baking (2020) by Remi M Sali

Joanna Kończak, Asian Movie Pulse

7 Dec 2020

“Not My Mother’s Baking” by Remi M Sali, similarly to “Konpaku” (2019), the debut feature of this Singapore-based director, explores the territory of intercultural and interfaith relations. However, while “Konpaku” was using the elements of horror, this time the mood is entirely different. We get a rom-com combined with a light-weighted family drama and… lots of mouth-watering delicacies. Remi M Sali made use of his experience gained during working on TV culinary shows like “Cinta Kek” or “Delicatessen” to implement some tasty content and a thread of video productions dedicated to foodies and gormandizers.

Talk about 'halal love' behind the clash of ideologies through movie

Hanim Saleh, Berita Minggu

6 Dec 2020

During his childhood, film director Remi M Sali felt as a Malay-Muslim, he is "purer" than the Chinese - as "Malays do not eat pork, and do not touch dogs." In fact, he admitted that he was angry with a school friend who put a piece of non-halal dumpling into his plate. Who would have thought, that past experience inspired the production of his latest film, which addresses the halal and non-halal aspects of living in harmony between races, both in relationships, lifestyle and food.

Not My Mother’s Baking (不是我妈妈的烘焙, Remi M. Sali, 2020)

Hayley Scanlon, Windows on World

2 Dec 2020

True love conquers all in Remi M Sali’s warmhearted Singaporean rom-com Not My Mother’s Baking (不是我妈妈的烘焙). Spinning a Romeo and Juliet romance between an aspiring Malay Muslim cook and the heir to a roast pork hawker stall, Not My Mother’s Baking is as much about cross-cultural connection as it is about two young people finding their own directions and the strength to pursue them free of parental expectation as they figure out what it is that will really make them happy.

Film Review: Not My Mother's Baking (2020)

Jeremy Sing, SINdie

30 Nov 2020

Just in case you were wondering what the film title means, it’s a millennial daughter spiting her celebrity mother’s bakery-driven fame by starting a YouTube channel named as such, featuring her own baking exploits. Pretty cool isn’t it? This ‘family values’ vehicle packs a few instances of rebellion and impropriety to keep the film crunchy without being too haram.

Five Flavours Asian Film Festival Live Interview

14th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival

29 Nov 2020

Live interview with mother-daughter leads Chef Siti Mastura, Chef Sarah Ariffin, director Remi M Sali and producer Ho Pak Kin.

Vincent Tee - From Guest Star to Protagonist

陈韵红, Shin Min Daily News

25 Nov 2020

The film has an authentic blend of Singapore flavours with dialogues in Chinese, Malay and English. Shin Min Daily News interviewed the protagonist, Vincent Tee. He revealed that his role as a roast pork seller was initially just as a guest star. As he is effectively bilingual, he became the narrator in the movie, coupled with his on set impromptu dialogue improvisation. “As a result, my role increased from being a guest star to 50%!”

What to Look Forward to in 'Not My Mother's Baking' Interracial Romantic Comedy

Raewyn Koh, TheHomeGround Asia

19 Nov 2020

Director Remi M Sali and Executive Producer Ho Pak Kin of Studio59 Concepts share their vision for their movie with TheHomeGround.Asia ahead of its World Premiere at the 31st Singapore International Film Festival.

Radio Interview with actresses Chef Siti Mastura, Chef Sarah Ariffin & director Remi M Sali

Sue Kassim, Mediacorp Warna 942

17 Nov 2020

Radio Interview with actresses Chef Siti Mastura, Chef Sarah Ariffin & director Remi M Sali.

Not Your Typical Love Story: 'Not My Mother's Baking' Tackles Race and Religion too

Raewyn Koh, TheHomeGround Asia

10 Nov 2020

At first glance, Not My Mother’s Baking, seems like your typical romance flick of star-crossed lovers set in modern day Singapore.
That is until you start unpeeling the layers to this film by Studio59 Concepts, their second full-length feature and their first film to be showcased at the 31st Singapore International Film Festival.

Singapore Panorama

31st Singapore International Film Festival

3 Nov 2020

For this year’s Singapore Panorama, we doubled the short film programme to provide a richer experience of local films. The diverse showcase ranges from works with wider appeal to those of hybrid and unconventional forms. Together, they present a crossection of the state of independent filmmaking in Singapore. Through their varied portayals, they capture a slice of eclectic Singapore that we hope will spark discussion and reflection.

Tasty Cinema: Join us for a Festival feast – on and off screen!

14th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival

23 Oct 2020

The culinary section of the 14th Five Flavours is a sense-stimulating survey of film delicacies from across Asia. And if the steaming-hot soups, dishes sprinkled with colorful seasonings, and glossy chocolate-glazed cakes make your mouth water, you can join us for a home feast accompanying the screenings!