Foodmania 2019

​Below are some fun facts on the ten dishes served during Foodmania 2019:

Cha Houy Teuk Dessert


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  • A jelly dessert from Cambodia
  • Made with agar-agar, a jelly-like substance derived from seaweed
  • May contain sago, red beans, jackfruit, sticky rice and coconut cream
  • Well-liked by children due to its bright jelly colours
  • Typically served with shaved ice[1]



Five Fun Facts

  • Originates from Indonesia
  • Gado-gado literally translates to 'mix-mix'
  • A dish of mixed vegetables and eggs served with a peanut sauce
  • Eaten with krupuk (fried prawn crackers)
  • It is consumed throughout the day[2]

Papaya Salad


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  • A popular street food in Laos
  • Known as Tam màk hung (spicy papaya salad)
  • Contains sliced green papaya, lime juice, garlic and occasionally, crab juice and dried shrimp
  • Tam kûay tani is a variant dish which uses green banana and eggplant instead of sliced papaya
  • Known as Tam sòm in Vientiane[3]

Htamin Jaw


Five Fun Facts

  • A dish of fried rice with peas from Myanmar
  • Consists of rice, onion, baking soda, soy sauce and dried green peas which are soaked overnight
  • Normally eaten for breakfast in Myanmar
  • Alternatively, frozen or fresh peas may also be used
  • A great way to use leftover rice from the previous night for breakfast[4]

Kueh Lapis


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  • Kueh Lapis is a confectionery that is linked to the Chinese Peranakans in Singapore or the Indonesian Chinese people[5]
  • Also known as a nine-layered kueh
  • For the layers to stick together, the new layer has to be added whilst the previous layer is still hot
  • For the layers to be even, each layer has to be set before adding a new layer
  • Served at room temperature[6]



Five Fun Facts

  • Lumpia are spring rolls commonly found in the Philippines
  • Served either deep-fried or fresh
  • Consist of different kinds of vegetables such as cabbage, green beans and carrots and sometimes flavoured with shrimp
  • Fresh lumpia is eaten with a salty and sweet sauce with peanuts and garlic toppings
  • Other variations include a seafood lumpia which is filled with crab, shrimp or lobster[7]

Nasi Katok


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  • A speciality in Brunei
  • Nasi katok translates to 'knock rice'
  • As it is sold from peoples' houses, buyers knock on the doors to make an order, hence its name
  • Consists of rice, spicy sauce with chicken, beef or egg
  • Usually served in a brown paper[8]



Five Fun Facts

  • Widely known across Southeast Asia, namely Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore
  • The word 'otak' means brains due to its colour and consistency
  • A paste of fish, eggs, onions and spices
  • Grilled inside banana or pandan leaves
  • Can be eaten on its own or with other dishes[9]

Pad Thai


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  • An iconic dish found in almost every street and marketplace in Thailand
  • Made of noodles, bean sprouts, peanuts, chili and lime
  • Pad thai is the short term for Kuay teow phat thai
  • Name is shortened so that foreigners can order the dish with ease
  • An inexpensive dish that is often served fresh as it is made to order[10]

Soda Chanh Muối


Five Fun Facts

  • A Vietnamese drink
  • Made with salt-preserved limes or lemons
  • Served either chilled or at room temperature
  • Drink that is enjoyed at the end of a meal
  • Believed to help in digestion[11]

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[2]Lonely Planet Food. (2017). The World's Best Spicy Food. Dublin 8: Lonely Planet Global Limited.
[3]Cranmer, J. & Martin, S. (2002). The Rough Guide to Laos. London: Apa Publications.
[4]Robert, C. S. (2014). The Food of Myanmar: Authentic Recipes from the Land of the Golden Pagodas. Boston: Tuttle Publishing. 
[5]Zheng, Y. (2016). Singapore-china Relations: 50 Years. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd.
[6]Yee, J. (2015). Peranakan Snacks and Desserts. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd. 
[7]Besa, A. & Dorotan, R. (2014). Memories of Philippine Kitchens. New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc.
[8]Thiessen, T. (2016). Borneo. Buckinghamshire: Bradt Travel Guides. 
[9]Lonely Planet. (2012). The World's Best Street Food: Where to Find it and How to Make it. Hawthorn, Victoria: Lonely Planet Publications Ltd. 
[10]Dutt, N. (2013). To Thailand with Love: A Travel Guide for the Connoisseur. United States: Things Asian Press/Global Directions.
[11]DK. (2015). Curry: Fragrant Dishes from India, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. London: Dorling Kindersley Ltd.

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