Thailand is well known for great tourist spots and happy locals. As part of good diplomatic relations with Singapore, the food and fanfare of Thailand has come to life at Orchard Road in the form of a food festival. Thai Festival 2015 runs from 3rd Sept – 6th Sept. There are food and accessory stalls along with ongoing cultural displays of Thai traditions. It is an interesting peek into the pleasant ‘Sawadee Kha’ nation.
To begin with, they have put up some free sampling stalls modeled after the famous floating markets of Thailand. It is fascinating to watch the desserts being made in the traditional vessels. We first tried the ‘Kanom Krok’ which are the Thai Coconut Rice Cakes steamed in a Appe kind of pan. The taste is a nice blend of savoury and sweet and definitely worth trying.
The most unique thing that I tried was the ‘Roti sai mai’ which consists of a green crepe made from pandan leaves filled with cotton candy made with spun sugar. I must say this was delicious. This was also one of the free sampling stalls.
If you are a vegetarian and looking to have a proper meal like lunch or dinner at these food stalls, then you will be disappointed. The only thing I managed to find was the ‘Mango Papaya Salad’ on the first day made in the authentic Thai way. The chilli padi and peanuts get mixed with the papaya and are whisked in a wooden bowl shaped like a big mortar and pestle. This is one helluva spicy salad!
It also depends on what time of the day you are going since most of the food items had gotten over quite soon on the first day. There are a lot of food product stalls selling fried onions, fruits, dried mango, candied orange peels, and more. They offer samples as well. I bought the Green Curry, Red Curry and Tom Yum Paste bottles as they looked quite good. Sharing some of my food shopping here – Brown Rice Crackers, Candied Banana Chips and Taro Chips. The Mini Coconut Crepes also looked interesting though I am yet to taste them.
There were some handbags displayed by ‘Thai Association Singapore’ for ladies to get their shopping fix. There are also other stalls selling different kinds of accessories and clothes. The spa zone has massage options and photo booths.
On the whole, if you would like to be transported to the street markets in Thailand with variety of food items like organic brown rice, honey with ginger, and lemongrass drinks – do visit the Thai Festival 2015.
|In a Nutshell||Deelightful Rating|
|Cuisine Type: Food festival- Thai cuisine variaitions||★★★1/2|
|Nearest MRT: Orchard|
|Address: Royal Thai Embassy, Orchard Road, Outside Exit E Orchard MRT|
|Timings: 10 am – 9 pm (3rd Sept – 6th Sept)|