The street food culture in Southeast Asia is one that sets the region apart from the rest of the world. That means that if you’re a self-proclaimed foodie and have travelled around Southeast Asia, you’ve probably had Hokkien Mee in Malaysia, Dendeng Balado in Indonesia, Bun Thit Nuong in Vietnam, and Pad Thai in Thailand.
But have you ever imagined having them all at the same time without the hassle of getting your passport stamped multiple times?
From 12 to 20 August, leave nothing to your imagination as we bring all your favourite Southeast Asian street food under one roof at the inaugural RWS Street Eats.
The event will kick off with the RWS Street Eats Showdown, a battle of culinary pride where two RWS chefs will compete against two overseas chefs in Southeast Asian street food cook-offs. The winner of each of the two rounds will be judged by 50 pre-registered guests, so do register here by 31 July 2017 if you are interested in being a Showdown judge.
In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of 5 of the 20 iconic dishes available at the event, each served up by renowned hawkers flown in from the region.
Malaysia: Penang Lim Brothers’ Char Koay Teow
With over 40 years in the business, the Lim Brothers have perfected this soulful wok-fried rice noodles dish and have made their mark in food paradise Penang. Bite into succulent peeled prawns and let the flat rice noodles that are just the right amount of oily glide down your throat. This dish is sure to make you go ‘Shiok Ah!’ (for our non-Singaporean guests, this is a Singaporean slang to express satisfaction).
Find out what goes inside Penang Char Koay Teow here.
Thailand: Or Tor Kor Market Mango Sticky Rice
This glutinous rice base dish, drizzled with coconut milk and topped with freshly sliced fragrant Thai mangoes, can easily double up as a dessert. With ingredients procured from Thailand and prepared by the owners of a stall in Bangkok’s Or Tor Kor Market, this is as authentic as it gets.
Find out what goes inside Thai Mango Sticky Rice here.
Indonesia: Nona Manis Ayam Penyet
Fried to a glorious golden brown before it is tenderised by smashing with a mortar and pestle, this decadent chicken dish is served with a generous portion of sambal (a Straits chilli paste), cucumbers, fried tofu and tempeh (Indonesia-styled soybean cake). Prepared by a chef from Jakarta’s celebrated Nona Manis Coffee and Eatery, you’ll be rubbing your belly in content when you’re done with this.
Find out what goes inside Indonesia Ayam Penyet here.
Vietnam: Nhā Hāng Viet Pho Bo
Cooked on the spot by a chef from Ho Chi Minh’s very own Nhā Hāng Viet Restaurant, this hearty bowl of Vietnamese beef noodles comes in a clear, tasty broth and with a generous serving of herbs to keep it light. This one’s for those looking for something not too heavy-going yet flavourful.
Find out what goes inside Vietnamese Beef Pho here.
Singapore: Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah
A family-run business that spans three generations, popiah from Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah and Kueh Pie Tie is no stranger to Singaporeans.
A mix of turnip, radish and bean sprouts braised for several hours forms the savoury and slightly sweet filling of this Hokkien take on wrap. Think of this as a spring roll that isn’t fried – all the flavour, but zero the guilt.
Find out what goes inside Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah here.
Heat It Up While Chilling Out
Want to heat things up? Head on over to pop-up booths along RWS Waterfront for durians, from the likes of Durian 36 and Four Seasons Durian. But fear not – if things get too hot, SiamCoco’s fresh coconut juices will be there to cool you off as well.
Alternatively, chill out at the charming beer garden set up in collaboration with Tiger Beer, with live music performances and open mic sessions available on weekends.
All who are seeking a taste of Southeast Asia (pun intended) are welcome to join us as we celebrate the region’s rich cultural heritage. Mark the dates and we’ll see you there!
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RWS Street Eats
Date: 12 – 20 August 2017 (note: on 18 August 2017, event ends earlier at 5pm due to a private event)
Time: Weekdays 11am – 9pm (Mon – Thu) | Weekends 11am – 10pm (Fri – Sun)
Venue: Malaysian Food Street, RWS Waterfront, Level 1
Price: Admission is free, and dishes are priced from S$4 onwards
*HSBC Credit Cardholders may purchase an Event Special Bundle (with $32 worth of food vouchers and added freebies) on-site at S$24