Ever imagined what the ultimate char kway teow or a laksa made with the finest ingredients would taste like? Find out at the inaugural The Ultimate Hawker Festival, taking place on 20 October at Millenia Walk's carpark.
Organised by food blogger and medical practioner, Leslie Tay, and not-for-profit organisation Touch Community Services, this festival brings together more than 20 hawkers, chefs, food and beverage outlets to recreate some of Singapore’s favourite local dishes with the finest available ingredients.
Tay asked the hawkers to dream up their perfect versions of their dishes – from the ideal bowl of bak kut teh (pork rib soup) to a flawless plate of chicken rice. The organisers' efforts to get them access to finer cuts of meat, luxury produce and hard-to-come-by ingredients. All this in a bid to drum up some income for charity, and give people a food-filled fun day out, sampling the best of local food, reimagined.
The stalls selected to make their 'ultimate' versions of their dish at this hawker festival are Tay's personal favorites and have all been featured on his blog. Entry is free, though coupons must be purchased for the food. Seventy per cent of the proceeds from the coupons (sold in sheets at $50 each) go to the various beneficiaries under Touch Community Services.
What to eat:
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- Stewed beef ribs ($15) by Tai Fatt Hou Cuisine
The stall famous for their ngou lam meen (beef brisket noodles) and succulent, melt-in-the-mouth beef brisket use top quality beef ribs, slow-cooked in Cantonese spices.
- Roast meats ($20) by Fatty Cheong
According to Fatty Cheong the best char siew comes from the pig’s armpit. For this festival however, he takes things to another level by using premium USA pork jowl, cooked in charcoal ovens.
- Fried kway teow ($10) by Hill Street Fried Kway Teow
This stall has been frying this sinful favorite for over 50 years. All that experience, coupled with fresh, top quality seafood - you can't go wrong with this.
- Bak kut teh ($20)by Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
Premium loin ribs will be used in Song Fa's signature peppery clear soup, served with fried dough fritters and pig trotters.
- Murtabak (price upon request) by The Prata Place
This recipe took a long time to develop, but we think it may be the clear winner. Expect tandoori chicken mixed in with sauteed portabello mushrooms, onions and creamy mozzarella cheese. Shiok and sinful.
- Pork satay (ten sticks for $15) by City Satay
The ultimate pork satay is bouncy and succulent, using larger pieces and the highest grade pork available. Marinated in pineapple pulp and grilled over charcoal, the satay is cooked Japanese kushikatsu (deep-fried kebab) style. It's served, of course, with a rich peanut sauce.
There is more: red bean murtabak, Wagyu beef burgers, brioche buns with kaya and even a Boston lobster laksa.
There will also be activities like performances by Jack and Rai, as well as an opening act of roti prata acrobatics (Acting Minister for Manpower, Tan Chuan Jin will be present, and will be invited to try his hand at it).
If you can't wait for 20 October, there will be ngoh hiang- and carrot cake-making demonstrations at the Millenia Walk Atrium from noon to 2pm on 15 to 19 October. Coupons for the actual day can be bought at these demonstrations.
20 Oct | The Ultimate Hawker Fest 2012 | Address: Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard | Opening hours: 5pm-10pm