The Fifty Cents Fest (五毛钱美食荟萃) is bringing the hustle and bustle back to the Chinatown Food Street once again with its 4th edition, happening on 27 and 28 July 2019.
Jointly organised by Select Group Pte Ltd and Chinatown Food Street as a part of the annual Singapore Food Festival, which is in its 26th year running, this year’s festival spotlights Hokkien heritage, taking visitors through a multi-sensory, gastronomical experience of all that the largest dialect group in Singapore has to offer.
More than 88,000 people visited last year’s 1930s-themed edition, and The Fifty Cents Fest is kicking it up a notch this year with plans to feature over 40 stalls and mobile vendors peddling an assortment of more than 50 different savouries and sweets.
Everything at this award-winning festival is priced from a humble S$0.50 to no more than S$3.00, and visitors will get to taste traditional Hokkien dishes – some of which are rare finds these days – ranging from Hokkien-style rice, noodles and nourishing soups, to snacks, small pastries, and ice-cold desserts and drinks.
Here are some not-to-be-missed highlights to look out for:
BENG HIANG RESTAURANT’S KONG BA BAO
Founded in 1975, Beng Hiang is one of the heritage Hokkien restaurants that The Fifty Cents Fest is bringing on board this year. This 44-year-old restaurant is well-known for its melt-in-the-mouth kong ba bao (braised pork belly bun), which is going for just $1.00 at the event!
HIDDEN HOKKIEN TAI PAI TONG RESTAURANT POP-UP
Inspired by the famous Malaysia Tai Pai Tong concepts, this pop-up restaurant is specially created just for The Fifty Cents Fest 2019, and is “hidden” along Chinatown Food Street*.
This unassuming food spot serves traditional Hokkien dishes, like hei zho (prawn rolls), fried black Hokkien mee, as well as Buddha Jumps Over The Wall, a rich and nutritious soup made with a medley of premium ingredients like conpoy, fish maw, abalone and ginseng, at a steal of just $3.00!
*The location of this hidden pop-up will be revealed in a directory at the actual event. So look out for it!
FESTIVAL FRINGE ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMMES
Alongside the feasting, The Fifty Cents Fest promises an all-rounded, buzzing atmosphere complete with getai and opera performances, a Mixed Goods Store retail lane selling Hokkien-inspired merchandise, a Hokkien wedding-themed photobooth, an arcade zone with old-school games including whack-a-frog, bishi bashi and toy catcher machines, and more.
Customers can go cashless at The Fifty Cents Fest with OCBC Pay Anyone! The first 10,000 OCBC Pay Anyone users can redeem $1 off coupons at the event. Also, pre-purchase exclusive vouchers with the code through Klook to enjoy 50% off six mouth-watering dishes: Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, Herbal Prawn, Chilli Crab, Fried Black Hokkien Noodle, Braised Duck Rice and Lor Mee. You can also “chope” some priority seats to savour these Hokkien delights via Chope’s reservation platform!
The Fifty Cents Fest 2019
27 – 28 July 2019
11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street,