Held annually, the Singapore Favourite Food Village was held this year from the 22nd till the 31st July. Part of this year’s Singapore Food Festival, it showcased the diversity of Singapore’s food culture with more than 20 different stalls, food trucks and pop-up cafes selling old Singaporean favourites as well as mod-Sin (modern Singaporean) cuisine.
Occupying the Rochor Event Space just next to exit A of Bugis MRT, they had stalls selling everything from traditional Hokkien rice dumplings, Rojak and Nonya kueh to modern interpretations such as Chilli Crab Prata Coins, Salted Egg Yolk Carrot Cake and Seafood LAKSAgna which is laksa fused with baked pasta. They had an alfresco dining area where you could sit and enjoy your food and it surprisingly wasn’t too crowded throughout the Thursday evening that I was there last week. If you arrive when it first opens at 5pm it’s practically empty!
I went straight for all the desserts when I first got there, starting off with the Salted Egg Prata Bom ($6) from Big Street. The prata itself was hot and crispy and not too oily and when cut into, a generous amount of salted egg yolk filling came oozing out, sweet, salty and delicious.
Next I tried the Muah Chee ($3) from Fortune Food. Muah Chee is a Singaporean street food dessert that I’d never tried before. It’s basically glutinous rice balls coated with crushed peanuts and sugar. It was a simple dessert that reminded me of other similar Chinese and Malaysian desserts that I usually eat.
After two desserts I thought that it was probably about time that I had something savoury to eat so I decided to get a Beetroot Salted Egg Yolk Crab Cake Burger ($3) from Ah Hood Burgers since I’m crazy for salted egg yolk at the moment!
The crab cake was nice but the salted egg yolk sauce drizzled on it had very little flavour. You could taste the beetroot flavour in the steamed bun but there was too much bun compared to the amount of filling in it so I ended up leaving half of it.
After the disappointment of the Beetroot Salted Egg Yolk Crab Cake Burger I decided to go back to desserts and got the Durian Churros from Churros Factory. The churros were chewy and delicious, they were served piping hot and dusted with cinnamon sugar. The churros itself had a mild durian flavour but it also came with a durian dipping sauce which had a very strong durian flavour. For those of you who don’t like durian the churros on it’s own might be ok as my friends who don’t like durian were able to eat them, however the sauce was a problem for them 🙂
This is the roast pork and braised pork with roast potatoes from Keith Crackling Roast which apparently has Singapore’s best crackling. My friend ordered this and I tried both types of pork which were very good, the crackling was indeed very tasty and crunchy.
I got a takeaway of some hokkien dumplings and Nonya kueh which were all really yummy. I bought the kueh when I first got there as I was worried that they would run out later on but actually they didn’t run out and even discounted them at around 9pm that day.
I also got these cute Dirt Cakes ($3 each) from Vanilla Bar & Café which look like mini plants. They came in four different flavours including vanilla, pulut hitam matcha, milo and teh tarik. I got the pulut hitam matcha dirt cake and the teh tarik one. They were both surprising very good! They were more like mousses than cakes with strong flavours of matcha and teh tarik. The pulut hitam matcha dirt cake had some sweet black glutinous rice on top which is what the traditional dessert of pulut hitam is made from.
The Singapore Favourite Food Village was a good place to try out lots of different types of food and I’m looking forward to next year’s one!