As Singaporeans, we love bonding over our common love for food. With food prices steadily increasing as the years go by, it’s getting harder and harder to find food that is both cheap and delicious. Which is why you cannot afford to miss out on The 50 Cents Fest 2019 happening THIS WEEKEND. So what exactly is that? Does everything really only cost 50 cents? Read on to find out!
The 50 Cents Fest 2019
This year, Singapore Food Festival is hosting The 50 Cents Fest for the fourth year in a row. Select Group Pte Ltd and Chinatown Food Street have come together to present to you a brand new theme:
Yes, the biggest dialect group in Singapore is about to share its delights with all of us! How? At over 40 stalls and an assortment of more than 50 different savouries and sweets all along Chinatown Food Street.
Last year’s theme was the 1930s and this is how it looked like in the picture above. You get the idea – there’s a huge range of food for you to pick from and you get to try a small portion of everything so you save plenty of space in your stomach for more. In case you’re wondering, more than 88,000 people visited The 50 Cents Fest 2018!
Does everything actually cost $0.50?
Not exactly. If you’re planning to go, be prepared to pay more than 50 cents for some dishes. But the good news is, nothing goes over $3, which is still very cheap!
What can I do there other than eat?
Of course, we’re all there to try the food, but it is a festival after all. If you’re Hokkien, you can take the time to learn more about your roots by participating in interesting and exciting activities. If you’re not Hokkien, even better! You can learn about a different and new culture that is bound to be an eye-opener. So, what exactly are these activities?
Firstly, there will be an arcade zone with old-school games like whack-a-frog, bishi bashi, toy catcher machines and more for you to play to your heart’s content. There’s also a Hokkien wedding-themed photobooth for you to relive your memories or simply have a fun photoshoot.
Getai and opera performances will also be there for the ones who want to sit back and enjoy. Lastly, you can shop at a Mixed Goods Store (zha huo dian) retail lane with Hokkien-inspired merchandise from local brands Wetteeshirt, Saywhat?, Tea Pasar and Sibey Nostalgic.
What about the FOOD?
Now here is the part you’ve all been waiting for. We already know that this year’s theme is Hokkien delights, but which are the must-try dishes?
Before ice pops were a thing, there were sng baos. The name literally means “ice popsicle” in Hokkien and might look very familiar to those who grew up from the 70s to the 90s.
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This dish is also called “Buddha Jumps Over the Wall“, which is a very interesting name. Legend has it that when it was first cooked, the aroma of this dish was so irresistible that a Buddhist monk jumped over a wall just so he could taste it. It may not be 50 cents, but trust me, it’ll be hard to find this for cheaper than $10 elsewhere.
A simple bowl of rice has never tasted better than this. It comes with Chinese mushrooms, cabbage and delicious seasoning too.
Hokkiens have been passing this recipe down for generations. It’s basically minced meat and shrimp cooked with spices to give it a rich flavour, which is then wrapped in crispy beancurd skin.
Visitors can enjoy the convenience of QR Code payments as you scan to pay at The 50 Cents Fest with OCBC PayAnyone. OCBC PayAnyone users will enjoy special perks when spending at the event. Also, look out for The 50 Cents Fest on Chope’s reservation platform and secure priority seats to The 50 Cents Fest 2019.
Location: Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street, Chinatown
Date and Time: 27 – 28 July 2019, 11am to 11pm
For more information, check out their official website!
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