Barely four months after his whirlwind visit to Singapore to promote Thai film Brother of the Year, the ever-so-hardworking Nichkhun made his way back to our humble shores for his newest project, Wok The World.
A new tvN production in partnership with Viu, the up-and-coming series sees Nichkhun, along with Michelin 3-starred chef Alvin Leung and MasterChef Canada Season 1 winner Eric Chong, embarking on a gastronomic adventure around the world to discover local delicacies. Their first stop? Our very own Resorts World Sentosa, where the trio were tasked to recreate our traditional Lo Hei Yu Sheng and Bak Kut Teh for their debut episode.
In between their shooting schedules, we caught up with the 2PM heartthrob to grill him on everything and anything food – from his favourite local dish, to his ultimate guilty pleasure. Along the way, we also found out that the 30-year-old is rather modest about his cooking skills, because he “always cooks and eats alone” (awww). Hey Nichkhun, you can cook for us anytime.
ON HIS FAVOURITE SINGAPOREAN FOOD
“I tried carrot cake at Lau Pa Sat today and I really liked it because it reminded me a lot of Thai cuisine as we like to take influences from other Asian regions. It’s a lot like Pad See Ew (stir-fried noodles) and I think I might even be able to recreate it myself. It probably won’t be as good as the one I had at Lau Pa Sat though! (Laughs)”
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ON THE FIRST DISH HE’S EVER LEARNED TO COOK
“I think it was a Thai omelette, but I ended up burning it (laughs). I thought I needed to heat up the oil so I cranked up the fire until it was really hot and was waiting for it to bubble, but it didn’t. So when I flipped the omelette over, it turned black. It happened when I was still in America, and I was probably around 13 or 14 at that time.”
ON THE BEST COOK IN 2PM
“Out of all of us, I think I’ve eaten Taecyeon and Jun. K’s tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), as well as Chansung’s ramyun (instant noodles). That’s all they cook! It doesn’t seem like it, but Taecyeon is actually pretty good [at cooking].”
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ON THE INGREDIENT THAT BEST DESCRIBES HIM
“How about an onion? Not because of the way it smells, but because there are a lot of layers in an onion. The more you peel it, the more you cry – just like how the more you get to know me, the more you’re going to cry (laughs). There are a lot of layers to me and I can be very adaptable, so I think I’m suited to be an onion.”
ON HIS ULTIMATE FOOD GUILTY PLEASURE
“Jellies, gummy bears, chewy candies. I buy a lot of snacks, but I never really eat them except for the sweets. And sometimes, I treat myself to ice cream. I’d take a pint and wolf it down while watching Netflix.”
ON HIS NEW SOLO ALBUM
“ME is my first self-composed album and I wanted it to be a gift to my fans, which is why I worked so hard to write all the songs in it. Because without my fans, I wouldn’t be able to get to this point in life and this album wouldn’t have happened. It’s my first attempt at composing so it’s going to need a lot of work, but I hope that my fans will like it.”
Catch Nichkhun in tvN’s latest original production Wok The World, premiering on tvN in Asia and Viu Singapore from 26 November (every Monday) at 10.30pm.