Missing Singapore and its diverse gastronomy? Although leisure travel to the Lion City has been put on hold due to the pandemic, Singapore is bringing its signature sights and treats to homes instead via the virtual Singapore Food Festival 2021 (SFF), which runs from August 27 to September 12.
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is launching the 28th edition of the annual heritage celebration via a hybrid virtual food trip featuring 50 physical and online stores. This year’s edition encourages guests to “savor Singapore in every bite,” with the help of immersive online food tours, documentary features, recipe videos, and live cooking masterclasses hosted by top chefs from Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and China.
One of SFF 2021’s highlighted events is the Boyster Omelette Four-Hands Masterclass on Sunday, August 29, which will be headed by Singaporean chef and owner of Artichoke, Bjorn Shen, and Sarsa Kitchen’s Chef JP Anglo. Both chefs will present their own renditions of the iconic Singaporean delicacy and hawker stall staple – a crispy, chewy omelette made with tasty oysters, topped with fresh veggies, and served with either chili garlic or Singapore’s signature spicy-savory sambal paste.
Other interactive masterclasses include the Padang-Style Burrito, created by Chef Ariff Zin from Rumah Makan Minang; Egg Tarts and Kopi by Tong Heng’s Ana Fong and Kim Guan Guan’s Jason Soon; Chili Crab Sichuan by Chef Pang Kok Kenos; Prawn Curry by Chef Rishi Naleendra, and more. Food kits will be sent to masterclass participants.
With the help of host Nikki Muller, guests can also explore the colorful streets of Little India via a virtual sightseeing trip with Tribe Tours, or visit the quaint neighborhood of Tiong Bahru with VegThisCity.
Film features will also be available on the website, such as of the Kok Fah Farm, where guests can take a tour of Singapore’s soil and hydroponics farm; and a Kitchen Insider: Sustenir video, which will discuss modern farming and incorporating your own produce into healthy dishes.
For Philippine-based guests, the Singapore Tourism Board has partnered with local delivery app Pick.A.Roo to offer an exclusive discount code (PICKSFF) for any of their 11 partner merchants – Putien, Hawker Chan, Babu, Marriott Cafe, Shang at Home, James & Daughter, Banana Leaf, Your Local, Char Express, Nanyang, and Wee Nam Kee.
Entry to the Singapore Food Festival 2021 is free of charge, but the masterclasses will require a prepaid fee per class. For more information, you can check out Singapore Food Festival’s website. – Rappler.com