The World Street Food Congress has been ongoing since last week. Tomorrow marks its last day so I found time today to make a trip down. The first shock I received was that the event is held outdoors. Good god, the heat was absolutely sweltering. Imagine the stall keepers cooped up in their tiny kitchen stalls for 12 hours every day. Or even the ushers who have to be on their feet all day in the heat showing people around, peddling the coupons/ vouchers too. Witnessing this, my beerfest dilemma instantly solved. Was previously deciding between a Sunday afternoon chillax beerfest, or a Saturday night hardcore beerfest. Blame it on the weather, I’m going hardcore.
There were talks, workshops, and performances at this congress, if you should be interested. Not me, I went purely for the 37 street food stalls. Pay $20 for entry, fully redeemable in food vouchers.
We started off with a Hainan Fen from China, which is like thick bee hoon, with beef, nuts and veg. It is served cold, and is a good appetiser to get started with.
Next we had a seafood tostada from Mexico! This was so good! A nacho chip topped with prawns, squid, avocado and chili. But $10 for one is just too much to pay.
Next we had a Banh Khot and Banh Xeo from Vietnam. This stall had the longest queue of all. We waited about half an hour before we got to order. That is pretty damn long! It’s worth it though, for at $9, you get piping hot seafood pancake individually prepared on the spot. Super yummy!
We thought we should round it up with dessert; kue pancong and kue pukis from Indonesia. And then Sticky Banana + Glutinous Rice from Vietnam.
Overall we felt that it was a good theme for a food fair. And while we had some good food, overall the standard was below average. We also wished there were more fried street snacks, like grilled squid, or fried items on a stick. Honestly I am quite disappointed with the event, partly because the marketing was so good that my expectations were kinda sky high.