Singapore Food Festival 2008: Opening celebrations at Lau Pa Sat

The Singapore Food Festival 2008 opened with a bang at Lau Pa Sat this evening. Local food bloggers received media invites to this event. Ooh, so now food bloggers are given mainstream media status? Cool!


The VIPs putting on their rubbers. Gloves, that is. What were you thinking?

The guest-of-honor was Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Mr Lee Yi Shyan (second from left in above photo). He tried his hand at making one of Singapore’s iconic hawker dishes, char kway teow. The other VIP made rojak.


The pro showing the con artist minister how to fry it right.

Guiding him every step of the way was Mr Saw Cheng Poh. Wonder whether the minister’s char kway teow passed the taste test?


Drummers giving their all.

After that, the Singapore Food Festival was declared officially open, with the drummers giving a rousing performance.


The sample platter for invited guests.

This was the platter that was served to invited guests. It was a sampler of popular hawker dishes like char kway teow, roti prata with curry, chicken rice, laksa, and satay.

This was more for photography rather than consumption, cos all the dishes were already cold (read: not nice to eat).


Cuppa cappucino

One of the perks of wearing the “media” pass was being plied with samples, like free java. The cappucino was actually pretty good.


Our local brand liquid gold.

Free booze! Alas, I don’t drink beer. Now, if only they gave out champagne…

That’s Nic of Black Tie, White Lie angling for a good shot in the background! I also met up with Keropokman and Momo of Singapura Daily Makan.


Char kway teow.

We were each given a stored-value card by the organizers to purchase food from the vendors at Lau Pa Sat. The char kway teow at Stall 77 Lakeview Char Kway Teow was great, as evidenced by the long queue.


Chai tow kway (fried radish cake with black sauce)

The chai tow kway, from the same stall, was also not bad.


Bak kut teh.

From Stall 14, this is a S$6.00 portion of bak kut teh. This is the Teochew version, pork ribs stewed with white pepper seeds and garlic in a clear broth. I liked the light, sweet broth that wasn’t too peppery, but the ribs weren’t tender enough.


Braised duck set.

Also from Stall 14, there was very little duck given. Taste was so-so.



Someone from our table got this. Not bad, but I don’t know which stall it came from.

To reflect the retro theme of this year’s festival, old black-and-white movies will be screened at Lau Pa Sat in the evenings. There are many other food-related activities and events throughout the month of July. For details, go to the official website:



  1. says

    Wow the photos look great!! 😀
    Such atmosphere! Did anyone get to eat the Minister Meals? lol
    The sample platter is quite pretty and very representative, got Chinese, Indian, Malay dishes (but I heard it was cold). 😛

  2. says

    Camemberu, I was hoping to see you there! Yeah, there was a party-ish atmosphere, but too noisy and crowded to dine in comfort.
    No, don’t think anyone got to eat the minister’s kway teow. Pity or blessing? 😛
    ice, the char kway teow was certainly worth the wait!