Chilli Padi by Adeline Foo
Chilli Padi by Adeline Foo

Chilli Padi

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by Adeline Foo
illustrated by Lee Kowling

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Puteh has a new friend, Itam, a kitchen help adopted by her grandmother. The two children find themselves in trouble when they get into a fight in the kitchen. Itam is punished for Puteh’s misdeed. Read about how Puteh redeems herself with her new friend by using the magic of her beaded slippers.

A tale of friendship and loyalty, join Puteh and Itam on the first of their kitchen exploits and discover a unique side of the Peranakans through their food heritage.

About the Author

A mother of three, Adeline Foo received the inaugural First Time Writers & Illustrators Publishing Initiative Award given by the Media Development Authority and the National Book Development Council of Singapore in 2006. Since then, she has published four books featuring denizens of Singapore’s tropical rainforest, Ben’s Friends from the Rainforest, Secret Hoarder, Lost in the Secret Garden and The Midnight Tree.

The first book was adapted into a cartoon and aired on national TV and showcased at an animation fair in MIPCOM, and Cannes. In June 2008, the National Heritage Board supported Adeline to develop a series of stories entitled Peranakan Fables.

This series for young readers showcases the unique Chinese-Malay-European immigrant hybrid culture of the Peranakans, in The Beaded Slippers, The Kitchen God and The Amulet. The Peranakan Fables received excellent reviews in the Singapore press, and even made their way across the globe to the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany and Singapore Day in Melbourne, in October 2008.


A designer by training, Lee Kowling is much sought after for her watercolour illustrations for children’s books. Herself a mother of two young kids, she has worked on more than 20 children’s books.

In 2007, Kowling collaborated with Katrina Griffiths for The Wombat Stole My Shoe; it was later selected for the Australian Booksellers Association’s children’s reading guide. She has illustrated Adeline Foo’s Peranakan series which includes The Beaded Slippers, The Kitchen GodChilli Padi and The Amulet.

Kowling has also worked on cartooning and art appreciation workshops with the Ministry of Education (Singapore).


"A story with a moral peppered with interesting nuggets of information about the Peranakan culture and accompanied by beautiful illustrations – this book would be a worthwhile addition to your bookshelf. The pictures are colourful and whimsical, transporting the reader into a world of days gone by. And beautifully detailed when it comes to showcasing the Peranakan artefacts such as the famed Peranakan tableware."
- Learning Partners Education Centre

Other Children's titles by Adeline Foo

Monsters in the Mind Series:
Nu Nu, The Ring-Necked Monster
The Thing Under My Bed 
Guai Wu, The Chinese Elf
Monsters On the Wall

Georgette's Mooncakes, available in English and Chinese, is the first book in a new series featuring the inspiring works of Singapore’s pioneer artists, using art as a backdrop and the paintbrush as a magical tool.

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ISBN: 978-981-08-1328-4
Published: 2008

Dimension: 260mm x 265mm
Extent: 36
Finish: Paperback