Treats to check out the World Food Fair
Highlights of The World Food Fair at S'pore Expo Hall 6
The World Food Fair is now on at S'pore Expo Hall 6. Entry to the event is free and you'll be able to buy or sample 1,000 varieties.
Here are some highlights...
XIANG YE NYONYA DUMPLING
Xiang Ye Nyonya Dumpling's salted egg yolk ($2.20 usually, $2 at the fair) is a throwback to the days when bak zhangs (Hokkien for glutinous rice dumplings) were unapologetically fatty.
There's the egg yolk and the usual ingredients, but what makes this special is the cube of pork lard mixed in, adding smoothness and aroma to the dumpling.
And, of course, the memories of my childhood bingeing come flooding back.
KUNG FU JB PAU
Kung Fu JB Pau's Half Bolah ($3.50, $3 at the fair) is a lot of goodness packed into half a pao skin: Prawns, egg, salted egg yolk and lup cheong (or Chinese sausage) on top of a base made out of sliced pork.Eating it could get messy, but that's half the fun.
You would never imagine that microwaved satay can be tasty, but the ones from BBQ House seem that way.
Launched in May, this pack of 10 pieces of chicken satay ($4.50, three packs for $10 at the fair) is easy to prepare. You just pop these into the microwave oven and minutes later, they are ready to eat.
The meat is not tough and retains its juiciness, and the peanut sauce has texture and an underlying sweetness that goes well with the meat.
YAH WEH DELICACY
These are Fa Fa biscuits ($1.40) from Yah Weh Delicacy (or popularly known as Da Shao Yeh). Its crispy golden casing is tasty, but it's a mix of savoury and sweet inside.
Made with malt sugar, and either yellow bean, lotus or a combination of red and green beans, it's best savoured with a cup of kopi.
HOUSE OF SEAFOOD
Some will argue that black pepper crab is the defining Singapore dish, combining our love for the crustacean and spice.
It's also the signature dish at House Of Seafood (HOS). It's so popular that over any weekend, HOS sells more than 100kg each day.
Crab dishes at HOS go for $60 per kg, or $28 a crab. But when you get it during the World Food Fair, it's at $23.80 each.
Katoshka's double fried russets were the social media darlings at the recent Ramadhan Fair at Geylang Serai.
The potatoes are sourced from the US, then cut and fried (and fried again) on site. Then you pick a sauce - salted egg yolk, cheese, barbecue or ranch - that is poured over it. It's a cup of comfort at $5.90.
Not surprisingly, the salted egg yolk sauce is the biggest hit, and you'll be able to buy it at the fair.
Katoshka is also offering home-brewed peach or blueberry teas and flavoured soda drinks.
If you like truffles, pau maker Kong Guan will be introducing its gourmet range of dumplings at the World Food Fair.
The highlight is the truffle mushroom dumplings. This version is subtle in fragrance and suitable for vegetarians.
If you find the aroma of truffle overwhelming, this might be a good introduction for you.
The pack of six pau will be sold at $6.50 when it hits the market, but at the World Food Fair, you pay $11 for two packs.
THE SHEPHERD'S PIE
The Shepherd's Pie - the expert of the mashed potatoes-and-minced meat dish - is selling their popular Chicken Shepherd's Pie (usually $7) at a great price: Two for $10.
And if you buy six, you'll get a limited edition cooler bag so you can lug your purchases home.