Monday, July 4, 2011
Singapore Food Festival 2011 - Curries and Spices!
Award-winning chef Milind Sovani will be the key food consultant for SFF2011. Locals and tourists alike can find a lot about spicy food to explore. For 10 days from 15-24 July, you can expect events and activities including
- SFF Village (with more 60 stalls offering a local and international delights)
- Tiffin Cruise (15-24 Jul 2011)
- Heritage Trail @ Little India (16,17, 23, 24 Jul 2011)
- Spice and Canapes in the Sky @ Singapore Flyer (16,17, 23, 24 Jul 2011)
- Longest Dining Table at Little India (23 Jul 2011)
- plus many fringe events and culinary masterclasses
Here's a sneak peek at what three of the main program highlights are like. Click on the links for more info and to make bookings.
HERITAGE TRAIL @ LITTLE INDIA (S$88+)
Dates: 16, 17, 23, 24 July 2011 (only four sessions, and bookings close 2 days prior to event)
Time: 10 am – 1.30 pm
Maximum capacity: 20 pax per session
Venue: [Start point] Little India MRT, Exit E. [End point] Muthu's Curry Restaurant
I personally found this a wonderfully eye-opening tour. As much as we locals think we know Little India, there's nothing like a culinary expert like Chef Milind Sovani personally guiding you through the shops and sights.
We kick off with an Indian vegetarian breakfast. Dosai, vadai, idli, samosa, sweet puddings, and not forgetting the lovely teh tarik ("pulled tea"). Fuel for the journey!
We also visit a vegetable shop where Chef Sovani describes the various vegetables and their benefits.
Next comes a kitchenware shop, where you'll see all kinds of special cookware and utensils used for Indian and spicy cooking.
A spice shop yields many treasures. Chef Sovani shares how each spice is not just used for flavour, but also for medicinal value and balance. He goes into great detail about how each spice helps counteract ailments such as high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and indigestion.
After picking up some dried chilies, Chef Sovani brings us to a spice grinder shop, one of the very few left in Singapore.
There's an entire bed-sized platform filled with chili powder! Bless you.
With freshly ground chili powder, we head off on trishaw to the restaurant where Chef Sovani will demonstrate how easy it is to make chicken tikka.
We also saw another chef making "roomali" - he flips a handkerchief-like "roti" until it's paper-thin and heats it up on an inverted griddle. I swear, that is some amazing flipping skill. The roti flies around like one of those bioluminescent fan lizards from Avatar. And doesn't tear!
The tour culminates in a sumptuous feast of Indian dishes, including curry fish head, masala pappad, chicken tikka, ghost sheekh kebab, paneer makhni, cabbage masala, brinjal masala, to be eaten with briyani, butter naans and garlic naans. Lime juice and a very delicious carrot halwa round up the meal.
TIFFIN CRUISE (S$35+)
Dates: 15 to 24 July 2011 (10 days)
Cruises Schedule: (6 cruises per day)
4pm ‐ 4.45pm
5pm ‐ 5.45pm
6pm ‐ 6.45pm
7pm ‐ 7.45pm
8pm ‐ 8.45pm
9pm ‐ 9.45pm
Maximum capacity: 20 pax per cruise
Venue: [Start/end point] Singapore River Cruise booth waiting area, outside Liang Court
Back again is the popular Tiffin Cruise that takes you on a veritable picnic on the river.
This year's tiffin carrier is a very pretty white version with purple orchids. Makes a very nice companion to last year's red one.
You'll find that Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan food are all represented. Each of these use spices in their own way.
• 1st Layer: Satay and Ngor Hiang (Five Spice Prawn Roll)
• 2nd Layer: Chicken Bryani and Fish Curry
• 3rd Layer: Peranakan Kueh
There's even a chef on board, making fresh and hot naans on the spot!
The Tiffin Cruise takes you around the Merlion Park and turns back from there. The journey takes about 45 minutes in total.
SPICES AND CANAPES IN THE SKY @ SINGAPORE FLYER (S$108+)
Dates: 16, 17, 23, 24 July 2011
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Number of sessions: 1 session per day, 4 sessions in total
Maximum capacity: 16 pax per session
Venue: Singapore Flyer
Chef Milind Sovani takes to the skies as he shows us how to create canapés with unique flavours, colours and enhanced nutritional value.
These are the two modern and spiced up canapés that he demonstrates. He encourages the participants to experiment freely.
1. Achari Chicken Tikka Papdi Chat: Indian Nachos topped with Chicken tikka in achari mayo, onion salsa, crispies and cumin & chat masala
2. Cocktail Chilly Popiah Rolls
Popiah skins stuffed with prawns in sambal chilly, sweet peanuts, crunchy veggies & topped with caviar
My feeble attempts at the two snacks...
In addition to your own creations, you can also enjoy professionally made canapés paired with wines, soft drinks and beer. The session includes two rotations (total 1 hour), so there's more than enough time to create and eat.
CATERED CANAPÉS LIST
1. Curry Flavoured Diced SeaFood in Pietee shell
Spice ingredients: Curry powder, Garlic
2. Roast Chicken Tikka with mint yogurt
Spice ingredients: Ginger, Garlic, Coriander, Cumin, Nutmeg, Red Pepper, Garlic, Paprika, Mint
3. Lamb Stew Masala Puff
Spice ingredients: Coriander, Cumin
4. Spicy Shrimp with Melon Parcel
Spice ingredients: Thai chilli sauce
5. Cream Brulee in Mini Pot with Chilli Chocolate
Spice ingredients: Vanilla, chilli extract
I still think the best part is having lots of friends around and being able to make a mess while playing with your food!
So there you have it. Spicy feasting on land, on water and up in the sky! SFF2011 looks set to spice things up a little bit.
Thanks to Marcus and team at Word of Mouth Communications, and the organisers of SFF2011 for the preview.
Posted 4:56 PM