Love the windows of the stunning neo-classical National Museum building
PhotoHunt theme : Windows/Unknown
Took my young nephews on a journey into history at the National Museum. They were fascinated with the "Singapore Living Galleries - Food" exhibit on the vibrant street food culture of Singapore between the years 1950 to 1970.
Most of the street scenes we saw in this gallery are no longer found in Singapore. So it was a wonderful opportunity for my nephews to have a window to the past of hawkers. The children learnt about the challenges of migrants, working hard to make ends meet while adapting to a new environment.
Kueh Tutu Trishaw!
Kueh Tutu, a well-known Chinese street snack, was sold by hawkers riding trishaws with a cart attached to the front of the bicycle.
I miss this old school satay stall! I remember seeing the satay man only during temple celebrations when the whole village would gather to watch the Chinese opera performances at night.
old school Nasi Lemak hawker stall
When I was a young child, I had bought Nasi Lemak, steamed rice cakes (chee cheong fun), turnip cakes (soon kueh) from the wandering food hawkers who travelled from neighbourhood to neighbourhood selling their home-made delicacies.
We would wait for these hawkers who would come in the late afternoon on certain days. Sometimes when we didn't have money, we would still hang around the stall, hopefully waiting for a neighbour to share his food. haha....
Tok Tok Mee
I heard of the Tok Tok Mee from my Dad. A popular Chinese dish, it was the original name for our Wanton Noodle today. The creator of this noodle is unknown. The pushcart vendor would announce his arrival by knocking two bamboo sticks together, producing the tok tok sounds, that's how the noodle got its name. LOL
According to an elderly neighbour, people who lived on the second or third storeys of buildings didn't have to walk down the stairs for takeaways. They would lower a rattan basket with the money for a bowl of noodles and the vendor would cook and place it in the basket before it was hoisted up. Cool!
These exhibits would certainly bring back many happy memories for my Dad who has lived through the times of eating on the streets. My nephews' visit to the museum was an enriching one as they have learnt more about their own country and its culture.
Free admission to National Museum for Singapore citizens, and PRs who are students, teachers, senior citizens and NSFs as well as children of 6 years of age and under.