The highly anticipated Singapore Food Festival (SFF) returns to Chinatown Food Street for the third year running! Themed Savour the Past, Taste The Future, the 22nd edition of this popular festival honours Singapore’s culinary heritage, milestones and the upcoming phases of food innovation and adventure.
Back in Time to the 1950s
A key event partner for the SFF, Chinatown Food Street (CFS) brings to life the retrospective element of this year’s Festival with an elaborate food journey steeped in heritage and nostalgia: The 50 Cents Fest!
To be held at CFS from 30 to 31 July 2016, The 50 Cents Fest will transport guests back to 1950/60s Singapore, as the entire food street transforms into a nostalgic “pasar” or street hawker scene. Set against a realistic backdrop, visitors can indulge in sumptuous local fare comprising more than 30 iconic traditional dishes served up by 20 stalls and a team of specialist mobile hawkers.
“50¢ is Bigger Than a Bull Cart Wheel!”
In addition to the thoughtfully curated heritage food selection, visitors will also be able to truly relive the 1950/60s experience with dishes costing as little as 50 cents. Just like in the olden days, when the value of a 50 cent coin was enough for a sumptuous meal, the endearing phrase “50 cents is bigger than a bull cart wheel” will ring true at The 50 Cents Fest.
Visitors will also be immersed in the bustling street bazaar atmosphere with old-school street buskers such as letter writers, calligraphers and fortune-tellers. Families can enjoy “kampong-style” communal activities like black-and-white outdoor movie screenings, performances by opera singers and martial arts professionals that promise loads of fun and laughter for visitors of all ages!
Don’t miss out on this one-time opportunity to experience 1950/60s Singapore at The 50 Cents Fest, presented by Chinatown Food Street!
For more information, please visit www.singaporefoodfestival.com.
Event Details at a Glance:
Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street, Chinatown, Singapore
30 July 2016, Saturday: 3pm – 11pm
31 July 2016, Sunday: 11am – 11pm
List of Food Items on Sales at The 50 Cents Fest
Char Kway Teow $0.50: Kosong (without Egg) / $0.50 x 2: With Egg
An uncomplicated rice noodle dish traditionally fried with lard, Chinese choy sum and dark soya sauce. This dish is commonly served “kosong” (without eggs) with the option for customers to bring their own eggs if they would like to include it into the dish.
UFO (Fried Oyster Cake) $0.50
First introduced to Singapore’s hawker scene by our forefathers who were China immigrants. This savoury snack is fried using a ladle, giving the dish its unique rounded base and charming name “UFO” for its resemblance to UFO spaceships.
Kok Kok Mee $0.50
Its name is derived from the “kok kok” (knocking) sound created by hitting 2 pieces of the seller’s bamboo canvassing tool together. Customers will call out to the seller through their window to place an order for this simple but flavourful bowl of dry noodles with fish balls.
Sweet Noodle $0.50
This hearty bowl of goodness is a traditional Teochew lunar birthday celebratory dish. It consists of egg noodles that symbolises longevity, hardboiled eggs that represents life and fertility cooked in a sweet broth to signify sweetness all year round.
Rickshaw Noodle $0.50
Named after the rickshaw pullers who plied the streets of old Singapore, this humble creation is made of yellow noodles stewed in a thick pork broth and topped with fried garlic and shallots – a dish the rickshaw pullers relied on as a source of energy.
Rojak on Wheels $0.50
In the past, Rojak peddlers prepare and sell Rojak with a simple and mobile set up of just a wooden box at the back of their bicycle. With fresh ingredient stored in the box, a cutting board, a knife and a large mixing bowl, Rojak is made to order and served with toothpicks.
Ice Ball $0.50
This popular street dessert is hand-molded with finely shaved ice, drenched in coloured syrup for its addictive sweetness and vibrant colour. Typically eaten with just the hands, this dessert is often enjoyed by kids before they throw the ice at one another.
Hainanese Chicken Rice Balls $0.50 x 2
Back in the day, fragrant short grain rice is delicately shaped into balls with bare hands before it turns cold, so as to keep it warm for a longer period of time, and to provide convenience to labourers working on plantations during meal times.
Mee Teh $0.50 x 2
Mee Teh which directly translates to flour-tea, is a Chinese custard dessert made of grinded peanuts added into rice grains grinded into flour and cooked into a thick puree like porridge.
BBQ Chicken Wings – $0.50
Fried Carrot Cake (Black) – $0.50
Charcoal Fire Toast Bread – $0.50
Steamed Glutinous Rice (Sweet and Savoury) – $0.50
Steamed Bee Hoon – $0.50
Nasi Lemak wrapped in banana leaf – $0.50
Roti Prata – $0.50
Satay – $0.50 per stick
Rose Syrup Drink with Basil Seeds – $0.50
Chin Chow Drink – $0.50
Green Bean and Barley Soup – $0.50
Cheng Teng – $0.50
Ngor Hiang Platter: Prawn Fritters, Pork Rolls, Pork Liver Rolls, Egg Rolls, Pork Sausage – $0.50 x 2
Fried Rice – $0.50 x 2
Steamed Cockles – $0.50 x 2
Oyster Omelette – $0.50 x 2
Bak Kut Teh – $0.50 x 2
Braised Duck Rice – $0.50 x 2
Prawn Noodle Soup – $0.50 x 2
Pigtail and Kang Kong Soup – $0.50 x 2
Sliced Fish Bee Hoon – $0.50 x 2
Laksa – $0.50 x 2
Bird’s Nest Drink – $0.50 x 2
Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee – $0.50 x 3
Vinegar Pork Trotters – $0.50 x 3
Chilli Crab – $0.50 x 4