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Singapore’s 50 Cents Fest is Back with Hokkien Delights

Part of the annual Singapore Food Festival, the 50 Cents Fest with Hokkien delights! This year’s theme is Hokkien food, so get ready to fill your bellies with delicious traditional hokkien dishes like ngoh hiang, rickshaw noodles, as well as sweet treats like ang ku kueh and sng bao. There is a lineup of over 40 vendors, guaranteeing that you will not run out of choices there! What more, all dishes start at a low cost of 50 cents (up to a maximum of $3), given the smaller portion sizes, so that you can taste as many dishes as you’d like without being too full! Here is a breakdown of what you can expect this July!

What Can You Expect At The 50 Cents Fest?

Ngoh Hiang (Five-Spice Roll)

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Ngoh hiang, or five-spice roll – made with minced pork and shrimp, wrapped in a beancurd skin, then deep-fried – continues to be a favorite in Chinese households. Experience the crispy fried beancurd exterior with the juicy, tender meat inside in a single bite with these bite-sized ngoh hiang sticks that you will be able to find there!

Cha Hok Kian Mee (Stir-fried Hokkien Noodles)

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When it comes to Hokkien dishes, you most definitely cannot forget about Hokkien noodles! Dig into a piping hot bowl of Hokkien noodles fried in a dark soy sauce. The dark soy sauce not only gives the noodles a darker colour, but also adds a hint of sweetness to the savoury dish.

Cha Gay Ah (Hokkien Tapioca Noodles)

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The noodles used in cha gay ah are made from tapioca flour which gives them exceptional bite and chewiness. Fried with dark soy sauce, vegetables and dried shrimps, they are full of flavour and are definitely a must-try!

Hut Tiau Chiu (Buddha Jumps Over the Wall)

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One of the perks of the small portion sizes offered there is that you can try dishes that are usually pretty hefty in price for just a small sum. One of such dishes is hut tiau chiu (Buddha Jumps Over the Wall). It is a rich broth made out of luxury ingredients like sharks fin, scallops, sea cucumber, abalone and fish maw which unexpectedly costs quite a bit at restaurants. But at the 50 Cents Fest, you can try it for just $3 or less!

Sng Bao (Ice Popsicles In A Bag)

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Sng bao brings us back to the days when you could buy ice popsicles from mama shops that came frozen in a plastic bag. You hardly see it anymore these days. The nostalgia is surely evoked by bringing these sweet icy treats back! They are also a great snack to cool you down from queueing under the hot Singapore sun!

Ang Ku Kueh (Red Tortoise Cake)

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These bright red pastries are hard to miss even in a crowded food festival. The soft, chewy dough made out of glutinous rice is moulded around a sweet filling. If you have had enough of the savoury dishes, go ahead and try an ang ku kueh or two as a dessert!

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Mark your calendars!

Dates: 27 – 28 July 2019 (Sat-Sun)

Time: 11am – 11pm

Location: Smith Street, Chinatown Food Street, Singapore 058938

This is simply a sneak peek – there are so many more Hokkien delights to explore at this year’s 50 Cents Fest, so be sure to check it out for yourself! What dishes are on your must-try list? Tell us in the comments below!

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