Sunday, July 13, 2008

Singapore Food Festival - Chinese Dialect Food WS #32


From 4 to 27 July, Singapore's local delights take the spotlight. It's our 15th Annual Food Festival!! Visitors can immerse themselves in our food loving culture, learn about the heritage of our local food through themed events and most importantly, treat your tastebuds to the unique blend of Singapore Food.

I was at the Chinese Dialect Food Showcase (Kreta Ayer Square and Chinatown Food Street) this morning.

8 different dialect restaurants showcased signature foods of their heritage, including the three main dialects (Cantonese, Teochew, Hokkien) and other dialects such as Hakka, Hainanese, Shanghainese, and Henghua.

The other half of my heritage, my hubby is a Hainanese

eastcoastlife interviewing Chef Lee on his Teochew dishes


The Hakka's famous Abacus Dish

Hokkien dishes
Annual Chicken Rice Eating Contest

Chicken Rice, Singaporean’s most commonly eaten and favourite local dish is the highlight at this event. This year the top 3 Finalists, with the Most Number of bowls of Chicken Rice eaten in 10 minutes, will take home with them cash prizes of up to $3500!

Highlights of Singapore Food Festival :
Opening Celebrations at Lau Pa Sat (4 - 6 July)
Ethnic Precincts at Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam and Joo Chiat (12 - 13 July)
Uniquely Singapore Seafood Event at East Coast (18 - 20 July)
Great Sentosa BBQ at Sentosa (26 - 27 July)

Visit Singapore for a Unique Experience!!




80 comments:

  1. Ah. I was very nearby in the later part of this morning. But it looks like the focused me somehow missed the Chinese Dialect Food Showcase. Sigh.

    If I had known, I would have just walked a few steps to check it out.

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  2. oceanskies,
    It was just in front of the refurbished food centre. It's interesting because of the unique dishes that each dialect group has created.

    You didn't see the large banner promoting it?

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  3. Im getting hungry here. nice weekend you have eastcoastlife!

    can I ask some favor, please change the url of your ws button to new one. (http://weekendsnapshot.com)

    thanks for always participating.

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  4. Aiya. I was at the food centre... hmmm... I saw some banners, but I must have been too focused on heading to my next destination to read what's on the banner.

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  5. oceanskies,
    I was at the food centre too! It was so crowded that we probably didn't see each other. I was having chee cheong fun and porridge.

    aiyah... the showcase was just below the food centre. sayang.

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  6. day-dreamer,
    The 算盘子 (Abacus dish) is so commercial these days. Lots of flour and no taste of yam. yucks.

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  7. misti,
    Oops... you must feel very hungry on seeing these. :P

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  8. You're making me drool with those "kong ba baos" with fatty meat!!!! *head.desk*

    *chants* Big splash old town, big splash old town!!! :P

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  9. That would be something for me a chinese Food festival !
    I just read your "support" post below ! what a story ! good that you walked in like a warship !

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  10. LadyJava,
    Yes...
    It's Singapore Food Festival!! One month of food!

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  11. napaboaniya,
    Wah! You love kongba bao!? Me too. I'll make some for you ... one day. hehe....

    I still remember our Big Splash Old Town. Sorry, not able to do it for next one month.

    Got the competition (Have you voted for me?hehe...) to blog for plus a Taiwanese kid to take care. Summer holiday. Wilt... wilt... wilt....

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  12. Gattina,
    Hope you can visit Singapore and get to try all those yummy food.

    haha... Me a warship!?

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  13. A food festival, that's a great idea. Something like this would work well here in SA as well. We also have many different cultures each with their own distinctive traditional dishes.

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  14. sailor,
    Maybe you would like to share some of the traditional dishes of South Africa. I don't have much info on them.

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  15. chicken and rice eating competition...Sounds better than a Hot Dog eating contest (-:

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  16. tom,
    If you had tried our chicken rice, you would agree that it tastes much much better than hot dogs!! :)

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  17. lol sweet ecl! you are too nice to me. thanks for offering to tapao for me, but no need lah. i can still manage but if one day i cannot tahan i will scream for you and you can hear my scream from town to east coast!!! *kisskiss*

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  18. misti,
    I feel so bad that I'm having good food and poor you have to read about it and see the photos in my posts.

    I don't mind bringing you food from Katong. Just call 1800-eastcoastlife for delivery. :)

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  19. Food. Ooh lala!!

    Anw, feel free to grap those icons. I got it from somewhere too.... :p

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  20. yen,
    Did you try any of these when you were in Singapore?
    Happy WS! :)

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  21. yummy! i'm getting hungry, lol.

    have a wonderful week ahead ;)

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  22. Wish I was there!

    Good luck to you and your son. Hope you two would win the travel tickets and laptop etc. :)

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  23. i love that annual chicken eating event!!! but i might end up itching my body. lol.

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  24. You know I love food and festivals too and this one was a great one - quite exotic cosines compare to Norwegians of course:-)

    And: Your always welcome to try our (okay Diane's then :lol: ) culinary skills too!

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  25. Hi ecl
    Thanks for tracking me down. I still visit your blog but may not always leave a comment. Trying to stop this urge from blogging.
    Guess motherhood is tough. Maybe someday I will gt back to blogging!!
    Yes!! And I am enjoying the food fest!

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  26. That sounds like a fun festival. Good shots and post.

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  27. Oiyoh! seems like a lot of good food to eat lei.. I think we have to make a trip down to gu chea chui lei.. he he..

    hope they have teochew food...

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  28. Oh...your post makes me wanna fly back to Spore this very minute to eat all the Spore delicacies!!! I am so hungry for Spore food now...

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  29. Abacus Dish sounds (and looks) interesting!

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  30. wish you'll win at s'pore award. I have voted you coz I like the way you blog. Take care! God Bless

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  31. Lots of food. I love going to food festival too. And there's a restaurant here we go to, Banana Leaf, just for their hainanese chicken.

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  32. Hmm... this food festival looked rather interesting than the previous one that I went.

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  33. You always have the yummiest weekend snapshot ever. How was the food?

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  34. I was a bit hungry before I came to this post, now VERY hungry. The food looks good. I wish I could be in the Chicken & Rice eating contest. I'm so hungry now I bet I would win!

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  35. FOOOOOOOD! (0_0)!!!!

    Is this annual food festival always fall on the month of July?

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  36. Ohhh, it sounds like a perfect event!!!
    food and fun :)
    Great shots, ECL!

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  37. I'm curious to know how many bowls the winner ate in 10 minutes. I haven't had chicken rice for a long time.

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  38. Wow thats a big day for all of you...Great post. Happy WS!

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  39. My rainbow angel,
    Very ho jiak! Come to Singapore lah!!

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  40. Hi windy,
    Long time no see! Thanks for your support!

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  41. the dong,
    You're allergic to chickens? hehe...

    Hainanese Chicken Rice is a very famous dish in Singapore. MUST TRY!!!

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  42. renny,
    If I visit you in Norway, I'll make sure I can cook some of our local dishes and cook them for your family. A culinary exchange!? :D

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  43. stay-at-home mom,
    Keep in touch. I don't have your email.

    Take care of your kids first, blogging can wait. :)

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  44. big bright head,
    boh liao.... .

    The showcase is over. But if you can wait, I'm going to blog about my Teochew heritage and traditional dishes. Planning something. Must be patient. :)

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  45. waitingkitty,
    :P

    Wish I could fly the food over. Sorry ah.

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  46. singaporeans r so creative...chicken rice eating contest :) i love chicken rice too

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  47. philblog,
    Thanks for your encouragement and support! I'll try my best. :)

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  48. lynn,
    Oh... Banana Leaf Restaurant serving Hainanese Chicken!? Our local Banana Leaf Restaurant serves Indian dishes served on banana leaves. :)

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  49. leonard,
    This is just one of the many events for Singapore Food Festival. Want to go for the Great BBQ at Sentosa?

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  50. picturing,
    I'm not a reporter, just trying to be one. hehe....

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  51. andie summerkiss,
    The selected restaurants and eateries are supposed to be the representative of each dialect group but some of the dishes are not authentic or the ingredients used are not of good quality.

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  52. awake in rochester,
    haha.... even if you had eaten, seeing some of the dishes, they would have caused you to crave for them. I couldn't resist.

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  53. tigerfish,
    Sure you did.
    Are you in Singapore?

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  54. Doreen,
    Yes, always in July. One month of glorious Singapore food!

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  55. jesie,
    He ate 10 and a quarter bowls!! Wahhhh!
    High cholesterol and calories too! :P

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  56. hi ECL!! im getting a little hungry now.. yumm.. :)

    anway, Happy WS!

    Jean Chia

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  57. Oh thats a good place to go when you are very hungry...I am hungry oh my food...Mine si up too.

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  58. I don't know if the one in Takashimaya is part of the Singapore Food Fest, but it said it was. I was there on the first weekend of July.

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  59. girlie,
    It is. There are mini food fests all over the island, in shopping malls, in hotels, eateries..... There's one food showcase in Suntec City...

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  60. i was at Sg last week with my family. too bad we were not able to jpin the festival...

    mine is up sis. hope you can drop by

    http://www.womenxplore.com/2008/07/weekend-snapshot-11-while-waiting-for.html

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  61. Hmm... I'm Hainanese too. Of course chicken rice's my all time favorite ;)

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  62. bela,
    Ooo... you were in Singapore! Hope you enjoy yourselves. :)

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  63. horsoon,
    Oh, you're a Hainanese. We are a family. :)

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