Taking place over three days from 22 to 24 February with two sessions running per day at The Coliseum in Resorts World Sentosa, the festival will be a wonderful opportunity for gourmands to savour delicious offerings by 15 esteemed establishments in one seating without having to travel to different corners of Singapore.
To get you ready for one of Singapore’s most anticipated food festivals, here’s an essential survival guide with top tips for eating your way through the MICHELIN Guide Street Food Festival 2019.
Planning is key to making sure you get to eat the offerings from your favourite establishments first while you still have room in your stomach. From local to Australian to Spanish, the MICHELIN Guide Street Food Festival 2019 features a specially-curated line-up of 15 establishments recognised in the MICHELIN Guide Singapore 2018. Tuck into iconic local favourites such as the legendary bak chor mee from Tai Wah Pork Noodle, newly listed in the Michelin Bib Gourmand selection in 2018; golden-brown curry puffs from Rolina Traditional Hainanese Curry Puff; steamed rice cakes with palm sugar from Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring and many more. New to the line-up this year are popular establishments like one-Michelin-starred modern Australian wood-fired grill joint, Burnt Ends, two-starred Sichuan restaurant Shisen Hanten and Bib Gourmand awardee Toritama Shirokane, renowned for its chicken yakitori skewers. To plan your itinerary, check out the full list of participating eateries here.
Bring Cash (Or An AMEX Credit Card)
A regular ticket costs $30 for entry and comes with $27 worth of coupons to use at all stalls participating in the festival and a bottle of evian or Badoit water. Tickets can be purchased online here. Love the selection and want to eat more? $30 top-up coupons will be available for purchase at the festival, so bring cash, as the only credit cards accepted are from American Express.
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No matter which seating you’re intending to attend, it’s always a good idea to arrive early, just before doors open, to beat the crowds. This way, you’ll be able to secure a table of your choice and get your food while the lines are short. A hot tip: when the doors open, people tend to congregate near the stalls at the entrance. Walk towards the stalls at the farthest end of the festival space to beat the queues.
Invest In VIP tickets
Avoid the lines altogether by investing in VIP tickets. At $200 each, VIP ticket holders will be seated in an exclusive VIP area and served a glass of wine and beer, a bottle of evian or Badoit water and a portion of food from all stalls at the festival. Grab your tickets soon as there are only 88 VIP seats per session.
Go In A Group
With 15 participating food stalls and several more drinks and desserts booths, you’re not going to be able to eat the entire portion from every vendor. Now, if you want to try as much as possible, your best bet is to go in a big group. Sharing the dishes with friends ensure you get a taste of everything.
If you are going in a group, employ this strategy to chope a table and get in several lines simultaneously. Have each dining companion queue up for a different stall till you have a decent amount of food and claim a table to share all those delicious treats. Repeat the whole exercise till you’ve tried everything and everyone is satisfied.
Bring The Whole Family
Make a day of it for the whole family at the MICHELIN Guide Street Food Festival 2019. Take the kids on a fun day out at Resorts World Sentosa before heading to The Coliseum where the festival will be held. Introduce your children to your favourite heritage hawkers like Ji Ji Wonton Noodle, New Ubin Seafood, Rolina Traditional Hainanese Curry Puff and Tai Wah Pork Noodle, which will be all gathered under one roof. Did we mention that kids under age six enter free?
You’ll need something to wash down all the delicious food. Beverage booths at the festival include evian and Badoit — where you can pick up a complimentary bottle of water with the coupon included with your regular ticket — and Wine Portal, which will be pouring out craft beer and affordable wines and champagne by the glass sourced from its wide-ranging network.
Charge Your Phone
These days, the camera always eats first. Whether it’s for the ’gram or to contact your friends who’ve wandered off after too much food and drink, you’ll be needing your phone. Use the hashtag #MICHELINGuideStreetFoodFestival.
Whether you’re the girl next door or the girl on TV, food is the unifying factor that connects us all. We’ve spotted many a celeb at the past two editions of the MICHELIN Guide Street Food Festival, including local artistes Mark Lee, Li Nanxing, Jeanette Aw and Pan Lingling. The star line-up extends to our participating celebrity chefs and famous hawkers too — your food might just be served by Shisen Hanten’s Chen Kentaro, Rang Mahal’s Milind Sovani or Tai Wah Pork Noodle’s founder Tang Chai Chye and his sons.