Hello November! This month, the spotlight is on..... our beloved hawkers and their delicious fare! The Ultimate Hawker Fest (UHF) (终极街头美食节) returns for a 3rd year with a unique focus on celebrating Singapore’s Hawker Heritage, as part of Singapore’s Jubilee (SG50) celebrations. Keep your day free for this iconic one-day event, which will take place at Suntec Convention Centre Halls 401-402 on 22 November 2014, from 11am to 5pm.
Organised by TOUCH Community Services and featuring celebrity food bloggers Maureen Ow (www.MissTamChiak.com), Derrick Tan (www.SgFoodOnFoot.com) and Ian Low (TheSilverChef.blogspot.sg) who combined their gourmet expertise to bring together more than 20 chefs to create the Ultimate menu, what we can expect are our local delights showcased over three food zones namely Ultimate Original Recipe (食代相传), Ultimate Pursuit of Happiness (食膳为心) and Ultimate Ingredients (食材科举).
One of the dishes I'm really looking forward to eating is the Anxin Chicken Rice (安心雞), cooked by Tian Tian Chicken Rice. The Anxin chicken used are French birds specially breed for this event in a peaceful environment, fed on corn and are free from antibiotics and chemical growth promoters. Its texture is said to be firmer with a nice sweetness and has a more intense chickeny flavor compared to the usual commercial broilers. (source: http://www.misstamchiak.com/tian-tian-chicken-rice-uhf2014/)
Below is the list of wonderful dishes you get to savour at the Ultimate Hawker Fest 2014. Don't say #bojio / good things never share hor! Get ready for a delicious hawker feast and contribute to a good cause at the same time! It's okay to be kiasu! Get your food coupons now at: https://www.ultimatehawkerfest.sg/
All profits will go to 32,000 beneficiaries under Touch Community Service, regardless of race and religion.
Ultimate Original Recipe
The Ultimate Original Recipe (食代相传) zone honours the heritage of pioneer generation hawkers through stalls helmed by chefs from the second, third and fourth generations of pioneers.
Bak Kut Teh with a Pot of Tea – by Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh
Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh's signature clear soup. Natural Pork Ribs cooked longer than usual for that tender bite in Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh's signature clear soup, served with you tiao and a pot of tea from one of the oldest tea suppliers Pek Sin Choon.
Nonya Kueh Assortment – by Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery
An assortment of traditional handmade nonya kueh including soon kueh, kueh lapis and kueh salat.
Traditional Carrot Cake – by Chey Sua Carrot Cake
Stir-fried white raddish cake - An all-time local favourite that is sure to tantalise your every taste bud!
Ke Ai Ji Fried Chicken with Coleslaw – by TenderFresh
Tender cuts of marinated chicken fried to crispy golden brown, accompanied by a refreshing helping of coleslaw.
Longtong – by Asam Tree Cafe, Bakery & Restaurant
Aromatic curry with freshly steamed rice cubes.
Shrimp & Crab Popiah – by Good Chance Popiah Eating House
A traditional Hokkien springroll bursting with fresh seafood goodness and handrolled on-site.
Herbal Crocodile Soup – by Crocodile King
Crocodile King returns specially for this year’s Hawker Fest! Low in fat and high in protein, the combination of crocodile meat and Crocodile King’s nutritious herbal soup is the perfect choice for the adventurous and health conscious foodie.
Ultimate Pursuit of Happiness
The Ultimate Pursuit of Happiness (食膳为心) zone features budding chefs and hawkers who have been driven by their passion for food to leave jobs in other sectors to join the culinary industry.
Madam Tan Nasi Lemak with Crispy Chicken – by Hiok Kitchen
Crispy fried chicken served on a bed of fluffy lemak rice doubled steamed with fresh coconut juice.
Penang Prawn Noodles – by Penang Kia
Noodles served with crunchy and joyously huge prawns, topped with thick, savoury broth made robust with prawn and pork flavours.
Dry Fishball Noodles – by Fishball Story
Handmade with pure yellowtail fish meat and no flour at all, enjoy the soft and bouncy texture of Fishball Story's fishballs with sambal and XO sauce coated mee pok done al-dente. The artisan fishball noodle to beat!
Mee Siam Pie – by Food Glossary
Stir fried mee siam with egg stuffed in buttery pastry pie. So good that you want to have another one!
Pau Assortment – by Teochew Handmade Pau
A delicious platter of steamed buns for the pau enthusiast! Comes in a set of five which includes: Pork bun, Char Siew bun, Braised Pork bun, Siew Mai and Longevity bun.
Rendang with Achar – by Old Bibik
Slow cooked meats marinated in freshly hand-blended spices. Grandma's recipe never goes wrong. Choose from a selection of beef or mutton.
Power Chendol and Durian Mango (Gangster) Ice - by Jin Jin Dessert
Chendol with premium gula Melaka as thick as hot fudge! Refreshing shaved ice with thick chunks of lusciously juicy Thai mangoes and topped with a generous scoop of fresh durians!
The Ultimate Ingredients (食材科举) zone, a mainstay of previous editions of UHF, will once again showcase traditional fare made with the finest ingredients to create ‘ultimate’ versions of the original dish. Celebrity chefs Eric Neo (from Intercontinental Hotel), Tan Yong Hua (Restaurant HOME), Melvin Lim (Ramada and Days Hotels Singapore) and Shen Tan will be cooking local dishes such as Otah, Roast Duck, Nasi Lemak.
Aromatic buttery prata topped with runny egg yolk and drizzled with Indian spiced hollandaise sauce. This is one fusion dish you wouldn't want to miss!
100 days Anxin Chicken Rice – by Tian Tian Chicken Rice
Smooth, luscious Anxin chicken served with fluffy rice infused with a hint of garlic. Up the shiok factor with Tian Tian's homemade chilli lime sauce!
Savoury Beancurd with Grass Jelly – by Mr Bean
Glistening smooth tau huay beancurd topped with minced chicken, mushroom bits, fried shallots, chilli oil and a dash of vinegar. Served with a cup of grass jelly on the side.
Sea Perch & Prawn "Otah Otah" Panggang – by Chef Eric Neo, Intercontinental Hotel
Smooth and delicate Sea Perch flesh blended with the sweetness of prawns, grilled on-site for the ultimate smoky aroma.
Lychee Wood Roasted Duck Rice – by Chef Tan Yong Hua, Restaurant HOME
Roasted to perfection, every slice of juicy duck meat is infused with delicate aromas and flavours of imported lychee wood. You will never go wrong with Celebrity Chef Tan's signature dish!
Elongated Glutinous Rice with Abalone – by Geng Shu Mei Shi Shi Jia (根叔美食世家)
The ultimate Lo Mai Gai elegantly prepared with glutinous rice cooked to perfection and combined with finest quality Hong Kong lup cheong and decadent abalone.
Ultimate Ah Hood Bun - by Chef Melvin, Ramada and Days Hotel
Savoury 'Kong Ba Bao' with a decadent twist! Go fusion with a choice of Salted egg yolk lobster crab cake with homemade curry mayonnaise OR Grilled prime ribeye with black pepper sauce.
Seafood Satay Bee Hoon – by Centre Satay Bee Hoon
Be blown away by slices of shabu shabu pork belly and the freshest mussels, prawns and cuttlefish in this Teochew dish. Seal the deal with the boss' signature nutty Satay sauce.
Premium Sio Bak – by King Roast
Chinese roast pork belly with a Western flair. Each crispy piece is roasted beautifully and topped off with savoury mustard sauce.
Javanese Satay – by Moonshee Satay
For the satay purist. Classic chicken and mutton satay served with fragrant rice cake, peanut gravy, cucumber and onions. Served in a set of 12.
Foie Gras Rojak - by Onaka
A unique combination of you tiao, tao pok and baked pineapple slices on a platter, topped with caramelized foie gras and homemade prawn paste.
Ultimate Hawker Fest 2014
When: Saturday, 22 November 2014, 11am - 5pm
Where: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre Halls 401-402
Food Coupon Purchase
- Food coupons (SGD50 per booklet) can be purchased at the Ultimate Hawker Fest website at www.ultimatehawkerfest.sg. Coupons purchased online can be collected at TOUCH Community Services main office (Blk 162 Bukit Merah Central, #05-3545, Singapore 150162) or on the event day at Suntec Convention Centre Halls 401-402.
- Food coupons are sold while stocks last and patrons are advised to purchase their coupons early to avoid disappointment.
- Admission to UHF 2014 is free and proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the services and programmes of TOUCH in meeting the needs of the disadvantaged.
About TOUCH Community Services
TOUCH Community Services is a not-for-profit charitable organisation, dedicated to meeting the needs of children from low-income or single-parent families, youths at risk, needy families, people with special and healthcare needs, and the frail elderly. Through its network of 18 services, including an international arm, TOUCH is committed to serving people of all ages, races, religions and backgrounds. Each year, its programmes and services meet the needs of more than 28,000 clients and 211,000 service users. For more information on TOUCH, please visit www.touch.org.sg
All items on the menu are correct as of 20 October 2014. Food sold at Ultimate Hawker Fest 2014 is on a first come first served basis and while stocks last. The Organisers reserve the right to amend the stalls and dishes without notification.
Event information and photo credit goes to TOUCH Community Services, Miss Tiam Chiak, SG Food On Foot and The Silver Chef.