Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) is an annual festival held in Singapore to showcase the various art forms from around the globe that has inspired Singaporean culture for centuries. SIFA is backed with a robust lineup of artists from all around the world.
Drama, dance, video installations, film, exhibitions – you name it, they’ve got it. It is organized during the month of May and June, so inspiring artists and travelers pin their calendar dates.
We were so much inspired with SIFA and its wide varieties of themes this year that we have decided to create a 5-course Artistic meal which will include traditional dishes that has always been the pride of Singapore for ages, which has a very rich culture and authentic in its own form.
For centuries, Singapore has been a melting pot of cuisines, incorporating a rich heritage of food dishes consisting of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian influences. If you are a local Singaporean, you would have seen these dishes in the hawker centers below your void deck, in the food courts of shopping centers and in the quaint shophouses that are decades old.
Inspired by Art presented in SIFA we bring you some of the age-old authentic Singaporean dishes in the form of a 5-course menu that is still cooked in every household which has a rich aroma and flavor accumulated from the old traditional method.
The Artistic Menu
The 5-course Authentic delicacies inspired by the
Singapore International Festival of Arts
Salted egg yolk chicken
Generously slathered over perfectly crisp deep fried chicken pieces and topped with a sunny side up, every bite brings a tiny piece of heaven to your soul; even the darkest of hearts will see enlightenment. Throw in a spoonful of chopped chili padi for an extra kick.
Bak kut teh
Gulp down a hearty claypot bowl of bak kut teh and let the heat ask you for more. This delicious peppery broth made with pork ribs so tender it literally slides down the bone and into your mouth to melt. It is delicious and very artistic by the way it is prepared.
Banana Blossom Sambal Salad
With the goodness and health benefits of Banana, this authentic salad is what Singapore is about – Unique and Beautiful. The sourness of green mango, the spiciness of sambal belacan, the freshness of lemon juice and the sweet palm sugar and honey, this salad is a punch of nature decorated in a banana flower petal. Go ahead and try it to witness the magic.
Hainanese Chicken Rice
This authentic National Cuisine is a must into the main course for obvious reasons. Now it might seem like a fairly easy dish but what sets it apart is the dish that is been made in a way that can only be mastered by years of traditions passed on. And when it comes to chicken and rice, count us in!
Now to finish strong, we definitely need something sweet and nothing hits the spot quite like a comforting bowl of Tau Huay. We’re pretty old-school when it comes to Tau Huay, so we opt for the classics like Selegie Soya Bean. Make sure you buy a couple of fried dough fritters (called you tiao) to dip into your beancurd!