NOSTALGIC FOOD BY THE RIVER

Published on 12 May 2017

The closing weekend of Singapore Heritage Festival (SHF) promises plenty of mouth-watering food and heritage fun around Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM). 

By MELANIE LEE

RE-LIVING HAWKER HERITAGE

Grab some of Singapore’s best hawker grub at the New Empress Place Food Centre and dine al-fresco by the Singapore River with a recreated installation of hawker tables used at the former Empress Place Food Centre. Don’t miss the shiok satay from Opah Satay (since 1947), silky handmade noodles from Cho Kee Noodle (since 1965), and the pretty nonya kuehs from Harri Anns (since 1950s)

FOODIE FILMS

Bring a picnic mat along for an Outdoor Film Screening at the Asian Civilisations Museum Green free-of-charge. Here, you can watch local films revolving around food. The films include Kway Chap by Sun Koh, Old Friends by Royston Tan, Wanton Mee by Eric Khoo and The Missing Ingredient by Wang Eng Eng.

FOOD-INSPIRED PERFORMANCES

History comes alive with Through My Eyes. Actors from Act 3 International become “living statues” from the good ol’ days and bring you stories about Empress Place adapted from archival oral history interviews. If you’d like more atmospheric down-memory-lane feels, make it a point to catch free performances by contemporary fusion music group TO ensemble. They will be presenting original, multicultural compositions inspired by the Singapore River and its early settlers.

BEYOND EATING

The closing weekend of Singapore Heritage Festival (SHF) promises plenty of mouth-watering food and heritage fun around Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM).

At the entrance of ACM is a temporary exhibition titled Museum of Eating where curators Justin Zhuang and Sheere Ng examine the personal and cultural aspects of how we eat food in Singapore, along with the processes that take place in a kitchen, including unique cooking rituals or practices that take place in Singapore.

A LITTLE FOOD ADVENTURE

For families with young ones, be sure to grab a Masak Makan trail booklet and go on a self-guided trail through ACM to discover everyday food-related artefacts and find out interesting trivia such as why coffee pot spouts are near the top while tea pot spouts are near the bottom. After the food mission is complete, kids can have fun creating their own bowl of noodles or plate of rice by “stamping” local food ingredients in the booklets.

Singapore Heritage Festival @ Singapore River will take place 12-13 May. Click here to find out more about its programmes or other SHF programmes happening in other parts of Singapore.

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