Eat for 24 hours in Singapore
SINGAPORE — When I received the invitation to join Makansutra founder, KF Seetoh, on a 24-Hour Street Food Frenzy Safari, I was intrigued. Billed as a world’s first, it was held to announce the return of the World Street Food Congress (WSFC) next year.
As one greedy, food-obsessed traveller who can eat six meals a day while overseas, I was game.
After all, I once stayed up for 36 hours during my university days making theatre props. I’ve also binged on an entire season’s worth of House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black at a go and survived having a newborn baby. How hard could food-hopping be?
10.30am: Gluttons Bay
Looks like I’m the only Singaporean journo crazy — or greedy — enough to do this. The chirpy Makansutra crew pass me a “survival kit” consisting of Eno salts, Axe Brand Oil, sour plum, kopi sweets and a toothbrush set. I’m told there is a doctor on the coach “just in case” and I have to sign an indemnity form. What did I just get myself into?
11.30am: Toa Payoh Lorong 1 Food Centre
Once on board, Seetoh warms everyone up with promises of a pancake-style fried carrot cake from a place where the white radish cake is still made by hand. Although we don’t know one another, we start bonding over Chey Sua’s super crispy carrot cake. Nothing like food to bring everyone together. Seetoh also introduces us to Jason Huang, a 23-year-old guy taking over his parents’ Come Daily Hokkien Mee stall. The noodles are slippery smooth and deliciously redolent of prawn stock. When Seetoh sees our table gobbling furiously, he reminds us to pace ourselves.