I was lucky to be invited to the Teochew Festival 2014, which is the first of its kind, a festival showcasing Teochew culture on a large scale. The event is held at outside Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, from 25 September to 5 October 2014. You will need to pay a $5 entry fee to go into the tentage.
When I got there, the first thing I saw was the very long line of people that extended along the side of the shopping mall. I was surprised to see such a huge turn out, young people and senior citizens alike!
It was very packed inside. Other than an information area describing the origins of Teochews in Singapore, there are also various exhibition areas from embroidery to wooden sculpture to gold ornaments. If you are lucky, you will get to see some of the masters at work!
And of course, my main reason for attending this event… the traditional Teochew food!
Pig’s trotter terrine from Chin Lee Restaurant.
Fried kway teow with preserved radish from Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine. I really fancied this! Wished I had a bigger portion.
Various steamed dumplings with fillings (red bean, preserved turnip and crystal) from Ping Ping Ju.
We also had braised duck from Jian Ye Restaurant, orh luak (oyster omelette) from Ah Biao and Teochew pau (not featured here) from Swatow Seafood Restaurant.
For dessert, we had glutinous rice balls.
The best thing is that we got a souvenir to take home with us!
Four tau sar piah to share with my family! Two yam with egg yolk and two durian flavoured ones.
What an awesome day!