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.
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 made made its 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – but enjoy more in return when you purchase an Early Bird Bundle below.
Early Bird Bundle (ends 11 Aug 2017). Includes:
- 8 x Event Food Vouchers (worth S$4 each)
- 1 x Complimentary can of Coca-Cola (option to top up S$4 for a Tiger Beer)
- Gift Vouchers from OSIM, SodaStream and Naiise worth more than S$40
Bundle price: S$30 Regular | S$28 RWS Invites | S$24 HSBC credit card