Monday, July 7, 2008

Singapore Food Festival 2008 Opening Celebrations @ Lau Pa Sat

Raffles Quay - The Singapore Food Festival opened to the beat of the kompangs and Chinese drums here at Lau Pa Sat on the evening of 4 July. The guest of honour, Mr. Lee Yi Shyan, Minister of State for Trade and Industry officiated the launch of Singapore Food Sampler by dishing a plate of Char Kway Teow, much to the delight of the crowd. The celebration continued with performances, black and white movie screenings and the quintessential offering of True Singapore Taste hawker dishes by some of the highlighted stalls. For more information on Lau Pa Sat and the Food Festival, do visit their official websites.

Mr. Lee Yi Shyan, Minister of State for Trade and Industry officiating the launch of the Singapore Food Sampler.

Some of the highlights of the True Singapore Taste hawker dishes at Lau Pa Sat Festival Market including satay, laksa, chicken rice and roti prata.

Wah! So many people that day! As guests, food bloggers were presented with a "media" tag (so cool!) and a S$20 TST card to enable them to feast the night away at Lau Pa Sat. Together with Keropokman & Momo from SingaporeDailyMakanPhoto and AromaCookery, we explored some of the highlighted dishes from the participating hawker stalls.

Among others, the Char Kway Teow from Lakeview Char Kway Teow (Stall 77). The sufficient amount of heat gave it a rather aromatic flavour. The Fried Carrot Cake was flavoursome with a hint of sweetness from the sweet dark soy sauce. The diced bits of the cake were firm as well. Other dishes ordered were Bak Kut Teh and Braised Duck from Taste Good (Stall 14). The group seemed to enjoy the visually appetising Rojak from Sister Rojak (Stall 34). Cuppa Choice provided us with a few cups of well-decorated, rich cappuccinos. A good finale after the mugs of Tiger beer consumed.

With a myriad of local and western delights to tantalise the tastebuds and a strategic location to boost, it's no wonder that Lau Pa Sat stands among the prominent hawker centers in Singapore. A few more visits will be needed to determine if it will be in my list, alongside Hong Lim Food Centre, among others.

As for this year's Singapore Food Festival, be prepared for a month of celebration of food and culture. And most of all, a heritage.

Join in the fun!

Lau Pa Sat Festival Market
18 Raffles Quay
Singapore 048582
Tel: (+65) 6220 2138
Website: http://www.laupasat.biz

For more information on the food festival, check out these links:Singapore
Food Festival 2008
http://www.singaporefoodfestiva l.com.sg

Singapore Tourism Board
http://www.stb.gov.sg

22 comments:

Kenny Mah said...

Ooh... now I dearly wish I had been able to come to S'pore this week after all. Darn work! :(

(I so need someone to sponsor my living expenses so I can get back to the proper vocation for moi --- eating and sleeping and blogging about it! Hehe.)

sc said...

i was in S'pore last week for work..too short, no time for good food at all! in fact, had some really bad food near the office (shall blog bout that soon!)..the food here looks waaayyy better

Jason said...

Wah, got special tag for floggers, so fun! Why there's no such event here.... phuh..

CUMI & CIKI said...

wow soooo cool.. ur practically a celebrity you... :P

Nic (KHKL) said...

kenny, you can come down anytime, dude! we'll go makan, babitarian style! haha! oh, will rope in other food bloggers as well!

sc, really? when you are coming down next time, give me a buzz...i'll bring you to some of my fave stalls. i hope you like pork ;)

jason, ya lor, it was fun indeed. a chance to meet other bloggers as well. in kl, well, instead of invitations, we usually organise events ourselves, hor? hehehe....

cumi & ciki, no lar....none of those celebrities thingy lar...hehehe...but it was really cool to see how an event is organised and of course, a chance to meet fellow food bloggers. ;)

Timothy said...

Food Festival .... the last thing a foodie needs! Gosh you must be stuffing yourself !

fatboybakes said...

ooh, apparently this weekend is also MIFB. msian international food and beverage. probably featuring lots of soda mee.

JeromeFo 令狐冲 said...

Judging all the pics...
I feel that Singapore Foods Festival is more " happening " than Malaysia's one...

Big Boys Oven said...

wow! this is so so cool! I shared the same thoughts with Cumi & Ciki! This is fabulous! I am so so HAPPY to see blogging it out in Singapore just so so cool!
It had been such a great week and so much happenings! wow! hard work pays off! What a great feeling! lol!

Keropok Man said...

When shall we go out and makan makan again? hehe..

AromaCookery said...

Hey Nic, nice meeting you! What a cool blog, and such beautiful photography. You've got a new blog fan in me. :-)

PureGlutton said...

Wow...makes me wanna book the next ticket to S'pore! When is the next Floggers Meet here?!

Jun said...

gah!! rub it in, man, rub it in, on all the scrumptious food and all the further discounts on "girlie clothies"... -__-

Nic (KHKL) said...

timothy, yupe. was stuffed with food, fun and jokes, i'll say..haha! a great nightout!

fatboybakes, oooh, i didnt know about MIFB. Hmmm, the acronym reminds me of something else..nvm..hehe...i wonder if soda price also go up or not...hmmm...

jerome, well, i guess the organiser did a good job here. and with month-long lineup, it's gonna be fabulous as well. wonder if malaysia's gonna do it as well. at similar scale, it'll be awesome!

bigboysoven, i share your joy as well, dude! it's been a great week for you as well, right? ;) congrats on the wedding party!

keropokman, bila-bila saja! saya mesti ON punya! haha! i want to try the hokkien mee you guys had! or the bkt near clarke quay...hehehe....

julia, nice meeting you as well! and thanks for the compliments! *blush* we should meet up again for a thorough review of lau pa sat, eh? ;)

pureglutton, haha, get the RM0 offer from airasia! ;) next meet? hmmm, we meet quite frequently. let us know if you wanna makan with us! ;)

jun, i thought you bought your stuff at gss already? well, gss ends 20 jul. so, there's still time for further reduction, of the wallet content...hehe...

Keropok Man said...

jom, let's have lunch :-)

Xiu Long Bao said...

lau pa sat again...I still remember the O'chien and Carrot Cake from there :I

Nic (KHKL) said...

keropok man, saya kerja manyak jauh lar..macam mana mau lunch? haha...unless it's weekend lar...how bout dinner, eh? ;)

xiu long bao, they renovated the place already. this is another stall, i think. when wanna go again? so near for your somemore..hehe

PureGlutton said...

Nic...would love to join u all in your makan jaunts! Just let me know when! ;)

wmw said...

;o) Great coverage!

Simon Seow said...

Don't pray-pray. Nic is now a prominent SG food blogger.

Nic (KHKL) said...

pureglutton, cool! we'll meet up when there's a food blogger gathering! ;)

wmw, thanks for the compliment! it was a fun event indeed! :)

simon, no lar...i am farrrrrrrrr from being a prominent SG food blogger lar...i was just lucky to be invited.. ;)

gandhabonik said...

I believe that food festival in Singapore attracts thousands of visitors every year. So this is organized at a very high scale. I am not sure what theme was selected last year. Definitely it strengthens Singapore's tourism vision of welcoming millions of visitors.