The last time I visited Chinatown Food Street for a meal was a year back. The experience was definitely not the same last week since Chinese New Year is just around the corner. The streets were tainted red with New Year stuffs, lights and lanterns hanging overhead, vendors shouting for attention to promote their products, and I trying to squeeze my way through the crowded streets to get to my destination – Chinatown Food Street. Despite the horrible jam and everyone being forced to walk slowly in tiny steps, I could feel everyone’s impending joy and excitement for this festive season.
Finally reaching Chinatown Food Street – From 30 Jan to 18 Feb, the operating hours of Chinatown Food Street will be extended to 2am daily! In order to cater to the supper fans, an additional 120 seats has been added and bringing the total capacity to over 800 pax! Not to forget the range of 24 hawker stalls to order from too.
Chinatown Food Street will be closed on 19 Feb (Chu Yi) and will resume operations on 20 Feb with its original operating hours of 11am to 11pm.
The Event kick-started off with the Yusheng (S$28 for small, S$38 for large), also known as lo hei. It is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor. I read through the cheng yu (4 word Chinese idioms) with my cannot-make-it mandarin during each addition of ingredients before we all started lo hei-ing wildly! Bits and pieces raining everywhere across the whole table….
Posing with the rows of electronic firecrackers which ‘exploded’ with realistic crackling sound every hour from 8-10 that night. This is the only yearly season when I get to pose with firecrackers.
After the lo hei, we were all ready up for the game! Each groups were to purchase 10 different dishes from any stall along Chinatown Food Street and to take a photo with the (hashtag) #Chinatownfoodstreet ! Below are some of the food pictures I have taken for your reference. (Not according to any sequence, just the nicer pictures.)
Outlet name: Chong Chong Ngoh Hiang Prawn Fritter
Outlet name: Newton Circus Admad Ibrahim Satay
Outlet name: Maxwell Road Soon Soon Popiah . Laksa
Outlet name: Chinatown Enak Fritters
Outlet name: Chinatown Crab Master
Outlet name: Food Street Fried Kway Teow Mee
Outlet name: Chinatown Food Street Hot/Cold Beverages
It would be great if only I could try the food from every single stall, provided my stomach could digest in time before sleep. I kept mentioning that we all needed a coconut drink to cool off the heat as well as to quench our thirst! Our table really ended up with mainly coconuts and lime juice!
Evilbean and I posing with our coconut!
By the way, the winner of the game was my group!!! We were all so siao-on, dashing off to order the food and back busy with the hashtagging! From 13 Feb to 3 March, spend $10 in a single receipt at Chinatown Food Street and get a 20% discount voucher off Trick Eye Museum admission tickets. T&Cs apply: Voucher is valid until 31 March 2015 only
|Photo Credits: Lunarrive blog
Too bad you can’t reserve the whole Chinatown Food Street for yourself! (I so love the bright light at this spot!)
Thank you Rachel, Chinatown Food Street for the invite and Charmaine, Peishan for the hosting!