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 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.
Guiding him every step of the way was Mr Saw Cheng Poh. Wonder whether the minister’s char kway teow passed the taste test?
After that, the Singapore Food Festival was declared officially open, with the drummers giving a rousing performance.
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).
One of the perks of wearing the “media” pass was being plied with samples, like free java. The cappucino was actually pretty good.
Free booze! Alas, I don’t drink beer. Now, if only they gave out champagne…
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.
The chai tow kway, from the same stall, was also not bad.
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.
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: www.singaporefoodfestival.com