I grew up eating hawker food, from my favourite Hokkein Mee, Ban Mian, Prawn Mee, Chicken Rice to Chwee Kueh, Satay, BBQ Chicken Wings and so on. Nothing pleases me more than hearing the stories behind each dish and the amount of effort put in by the cook who made your food; heartwarming stories, stories of resilience and perseverance, or any life situation that has guided them to being a hawker.
That said, there are divided views on whether hawker centres will stay on for the next decade or so. We have all heard in the news, older generation stall owners are either closing down or selling their recipes to third parties. it is becoming more and more rare to see their children following in their footsteps to be hawkers themselves.
The hours of standing in front of the wok, a daily routine of tireless cooking and enduring the heat and the amount earned… not many are willing nor can withstand that.
While we always say things like ‘yes, we must protect our hawker heritage!’ and/or ‘it’s such a pity that 30-year stall is closing down’, what actions have surfaced to help these hawkers whom one day might face the issue of having no successor?
In fact, I was more than happy to learn that Tiger Beer Singapore is doing its part in safeguarding our future eat-outs for authentic (non-fusion) laksa, Prawn Mee and Nasi Lemak.
Singapore may earn her reputation for being the top food heaven in Asia, but nothing is complete without our iconic street food right?
Proudly presented by Tiger Beer Singapore, the inaugural Tiger Street Food Festival saw a throng of crowd gracing the event on a cool Friday evening, 22nd September 2017. Starting from 5PM onwards, the queue started snaking at each stall as night fell in.
Sooner than expected, the night livened up to a bustling of activities with almost everyone having a beer in hand, swaying to the beautiful acoustic covers from band HubbaBubbas. Another performing band at the festival is Astronauts.
Food-wise, they are a must since coming here. Tiger Street Food Festival comprised of 15 hawker stalls manned by recipients of the Tiger Street Food Fund (the Fund). Since the Fund’s launch in September last year, it has always been Tiger Beer’s aim to support the longevity of hawker food in Singapore and raise public awareness on our local street delicacies.
Whether the recipients are existing ones or new-comers, 25 of them have been chosen to be awarded a financial grant of S$10,000 as an aid and motivation to pursue their path as hawkers.
The Tiger Street Food Festival provides an opportunity for these hawkers to further showcase their skills and talents in cooking for the public. Not only are they able to garner rapport for their businesses and accumulate experience in managing a stall, we also get to eat! And of course relieve those nostalgic moments since the last time we had eaten at a hawker centre.
With the increasing number of cafes, restaurants and other takeaway kiosks I have often found myself lingering around, I have to admit this is a trip down memory lane.
At the Tiger Street Food Festival, I was glad to try at least eight dishes (the queue for each stall got really long by 6PM onwards).
Here’s the list of the name/stalls:
Desmond Koh Seng Yip: Fried Rice UNeed
Lawrence Loh Jia Yoong: prawn Village
Anthea Tan: Yam Mee Teochew Fishball Noodles
Er Shengyi Lois: Wonderfull Nasi Lemak
Raymond Tan: Snuggrubs
Chow Kooi Yew: Kampong Laksa
Pamela Loh: Jia Le Yong Tau Foo
Ngoh Jook Guan: Botak Delicacy
Kenneth Lim: Jia Xiang Nasi Lemak
Lim Boon Hong: Fish Boss
Tan Wee Yang: Ah Tan Wings
Edward Too: Tasty Street – Our Little Red Dot
Sung Way Xiong: Sung Kitchen
Elizabeth Pospa: Kamalarita
Dishes include Prawn Mee, Popiah, Nasi Lemak, Yong Tau Foo, Iberico Lor Bak, Fishball Minced Meat Noodles, Har Cheong Gai Chicken Wings, Assam Laksa, Salted Egg Yolk Pasta with Chicken, Fried Rice and more!
Hungry??? Get ready to be hungrier!
Don’t forget to get the Tiger Beers priced from as low as $3 onwards!
Available are Tiger Beer, Tiger Black, Tiger White, Tiger Silver and Tiger Radler.
Street Food Vouchers are purchased at the ticketing booth for $10 each. Earnings here will be used in the next Tiger Street Food Support Fund!
You can play a part too!
For every 10-can Tiger Beer pack bought (till 30th September 2017), Tiger Bee will be donating $0.50 to the Tiger Street Food Support Fund. You may find the can packs at all leading supermarkets and hypermarkets.
Great event and most of the food we had were delicious. Can they survive the turmoil of time? I suppose it takes two hands to clap. Our hawkers/street food have to exist and we have to enjoy them.
Tiger Street Food Festival
Open Field at Tan Quee Lan Street
22nd September 2017
5PM – 10:30PM
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