Singapore Food Festival (SFF) 2010 celebrates its 17th year from 16 to 25 July and focuses on speciality dishes of the main Chinese dialect groups in Singapore. Some of these dialect groups include the Cantonese, Hainanese, Hakka, Hokkien and Teochew communities.
The entire stretch of scenic Singapore River will bustle with events and activities during SFF 2010. Today was the Opening ceremonies of the 10‐day SFF 2010 at the Clarke Quay Food Street at Read Bridge, where the entire length of the bridge was transformed into a food haven offering sumptuous Chinese delicacies from more than 30 food stalls from various famous restaurants.
What to expect from this year’s food festival?
Other not‐to‐be‐missed SFF 2010 core events include the Singapore Chinese Dialect Tingkat Cruise, Singapore Chinese Dialect Street Snacks, Singapore Chinese Dialect Heritage Feast (五福临门宴), Makansutra SFF Culinary Master Classes (check the schedule of classes here) and the Singapore River Market. Be it savouring Singapore Chinese dialect delights while cruising along the Singapore River; relishing nostalgic Chinese dialect street snacks, such as Malt Candy, Red Bean Cake, Ting Ting Candy and Mua Chee, or enjoying a gastronomic adventure of (not one but) five buffet lines of sumptuous delights featuring the best of Singapore Chinese Dialects food at the festival’s finale, there is something for everyone’s liking and taste!
I got to meet Mr KF Seetoh , renowned food personality and founder of Makansutra and also this year’s festival food consultant at a cooking demo at the Singapore Tourism Board. He elaborates, “The original Chinese flavours that had pervaded Singapore for over a century was coloured largely by the early south Chinese immigrants. They came, mingled with, and adapted the multi culinary concepts of other migrants from India, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and even from the West. They naturally gave to this land their comfort food culture from home and it also gave rise to a third flavour, that distinct and iconic Singapore taste which came from a sophisticated melding of that heady range of flavours found here. ” Let me share their recipe on Traditional Braised Duck.
One can also shop for fashionable knick‐knacks and food at the Singapore River Market which is along the Clarke Quay stretch of the Singapore River; for an even more fulfilling and enriching experience for foodies, they can choose to attend a series of Makansutra SFF Culinary Master Classes where they can learn the best‐kept secrets to well‐known Singaporean Chinese Dialects dishes and how to prepare and cook them!
For the first time, SFF goes digital with a fun Cooking Game, entitled “Grandma’s Kitchen”, to educate food lovers. Hosted on the official SFF 2010 website and downloadable as an iPhone application, the cooking game will allow players to choose and whip up their own Chinese dialect dishes, such as Bak Kut Teh or Hokkien Mee. Through this process, they will learn the use of different ingredients and at the end of the game, they will receive the full recipe of the chosen dish. What’s more, upon completion of the entire game, the player will unlock a secret “diary of recipes” where they can obtain the full recipes to cook the dishes for real.
This year’s Singapore Food Festival is about celebrating not only that vibrant Chinese dialectic flavours that their forebears brought here but also what the newer generation had evolved today.
Must try Chinese Dialect dishes at the SIngapore Food Festival
Whether you are a local or a foreigner, this year’s SFF is a good opportunity to (re)discover and whet your appetite on several must‐try dishes from each Chinese dialect group! Go on a gastronomic escapade with these must‐try selections:
1. Cantonese ‐ Century Egg Congee, Har Gao, Wanton Noodle
2. Hainan ‐ Chicken Rice, Jian Dui
3. Hakka ‐ Lei Cha Rice, Niang Dou Fu, Suan Pan Zi
4. Hokkien ‐ Fried Hokkien Noodles, Lor Mee, Popiah