Singapore Life #5 – World Street Food Congress

Last Saturday we went to the World Street Food Congress. It’s fair to say I was pretty excited.

stalls

There were 37 food stalls with food from 10 countries including Vietnam, America, Mexico, and India.

 

collage2

We were there for an early lunch on the second last day so it wasn’t crowded at all (at least not by Singapore standards)

 

queueing2

The American and Mexican stalls were pretty popular  I guess that makes sense as it’s probably the furthest thing from what Singaporean’s would be used to. The line for this Vietnamese place was the longest of them all though. I don’t know if it was because of great food or if it was just a beneficiary of the Singaporean custom of joining long lines assuming something good will be at the end.

 

collage

This guy was keen. It was so hot and he has to fan the coals poor guy!

tacos

Of course I made a beeline for some Mexican. These were crispy fish tacos with red cabbage slaw from a stand called Tacombi.

 

 eurotrash1

The longest I waited for food was 10 minutes at this place. I can’t resist a soft shell crab though. The stall was called Eurotrash Food Cart, which I thought was great. It was run by a group of local culinary students and they were SLOW and very disorganised. You stood in one line to order and pay, then you moved to the other side of the stall and just kind of milled around. When they passed out the food, they just gave it to the first person that came up so if it had been busier, chaos would have ensued.

 

softshell

It was worth it though. It had a big deep fried soft shell crab on a sweet American style bun with a tangy seafood-style sauce.

 

chickenrice

The chicken rice guy wasn’t that popular. Probably because you can go to any hawker centre on the island and get it just as good for less money. Still a good one for tourists I guess.

 

pork

This porchetta sandwich from another American stall, The People’s Pig, was my favourite of the day. Slow cooked pork, perfectly salted crackling and a sweet chili sauce.

 

indian

I can’t remember what this was called, but it was from one of the Indian stands. The rice was laced with cardamom and the chicken was really tender. Another good pick.

 

lime

This lime juice was really good too. I think it was just fresh lime juice with a light sugar syrup added, it wasn’t too sweet though. The stalls were covered and there were covered areas to eat, but to get between the food and the tables it was hot Singaporean sunlight. This lime juice was so refreshing in the heat.

 

fritter

This guy was super keen for us to try his fritters. You got a mixed bag of banana, plantain and sweet potato fritters. He was right, they were delicious!

 

coupons

All of the portions were definitely small, but everything we had was freshly made and good quality so I didn’t mind too much. We were expecting to pay $28 each to get in and to get $20 of that back in food coupons to spend inside. On the day, it only cost $20 for entry though and we got all of that back in food coupons so entry was effectively free. It may of been because they were starting to wind up. We did notice one or two stalls didn’t seem to be opened anymore. We bought another $10 worth of coupons inside, so we spent $50 all up for a fairly small amount of food, but let me assure you, we both walked out of there with happy food smiles and very full bellies.

 

soybean

This soya bean milk drink pushed me over the edge. SO full.

 

laststand

This was the last stall on the way out. We both looked at each other. We both wanted it. Nope, too full, we just couldn’t do it :)

 

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Hi! I’m Taryn. The Wooden Spoons is a food blog and collection of wooden spoons, recipes and stories. I’m a Canberra fan-girl with a passion for all things food. I love South East Asian food, fusion food done well and slow cooked anything. I don’t get quinoa, have a mild phobia of milk touching my skin and custard from a package freaks me out. Thanks for joining me on my cooking and food adventures.

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