Saigonese enjoys Singapore Food Festival this weekend
Updated at Thursday, 24 May 2018, 14:35
The Hanoitimes - The Singapore Food Festival will be held at the Atrium of Saigon Centre in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 on May 26 and 27.
The festival is part of important activities to take place in Vietnam in celebrate celebration of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Singapore.
It follows the art competition in January 2018 jointly organized by the Consulate General of Singapore, the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations (HUFO) and the General Sciences Library, which saw the participation of 100 students from primary and secondary schools.
The food festival will feature 18 stalls by Singapore companies in Ho Chi Minh City, showcasing Singapore cuisine and particularly, hawker classics that are well known in Singapore. One of the Singapore dishes much loved among Vietnamese people is the famous frog porridge, known as “chao ech Singapore” in Vietnam.
There will be many other dishes like chilli crab, chicken rice, laksa, chwee kueh, nasi lemak, otak otak and popiah that are testament to the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic Singapore. A lot of Singapore’s street foods are named in the language of their origins such as nasi lemak which means “fatty rice” in Malay, while “chwee kueh” means “cake with water and rice flour” in the Teochew dialect.
Singapore Food Festival, taking place from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., will bring participants an exciting weekend of performances and live food demonstrations with free food tasting. Particularly, the world’s first Michelin-star “street food” chef, Chef Chan, will be demonstrating how he prepares his famous soya sauce chicken rice.
Earlier, the collection of 20 paintings by Vietnamese artist Pham Luan and his Singaporean counterpart Jeffrey Wandly displayed at an exhibition in Hanoi to commemorate the 45th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations. The exhibition entitled “Perspectives”, features the countries’ landscapes through the unique views and experiences of the artists.
“The exhibition showcases the close and vibrant cultural exchanges and people-to-people ties between Singapore and Vietnam, and it is a prime example of how art can bring the people of two countries closer together,” Singaporean Ambassador to Vietnam Catherine Wong was quoted as saying.
Relations between Vietnam and Singapore have grown across all fronts. The relations were elevated to a Strategic Partnership in September 2013. Singapore is the third largest foreign investor in Vietnam and the top investor in Ho Chi Minh City.