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Indulge In Cheap But Tasty Hokkien Delights—And More—At 50 Cents Fest

What if you could have all your favourite old-school Hokkien snacks and dishes for half a dollar each? For just two days from 27 to 28 July in the heart of Chinatown, take the whole family and have your fill of cheap but sumptuous local delights at rock-bottom prices!

Jointly organised by Chinatown Food Street and Select Group Pte Ltd, the fourth edition of the 50 Cents Fest (五毛钱美食荟萃) will feature a total of 45 stalls and mobile vendors with wares priced from the titular S$0.50 to no more than S$3. This year, the fest will spotlight a specific dialect group from the many facets of Chinese heritage: Hokkien, originating from Minnan in Fujian Province, China.


Having been a staple of the Singapore Food Festival for years, it’s no surprise that the 50 Cents Fest covers an extensive list of Hokkien delicacies for its visitors. This includes Kong Bak Pau (braised pork belly bun) from established restaurant Beng Hiang, as well as a myriad of familiar tastes like Hei Zo (prawn rolls), fried Hokkien mee, and Buddha Jumps Over The Wall soup.

Red Date Tea

In addition to the huge variety of local grub available, there will also be games and activities for families to enjoy throughout the two-day extravaganza. Immerse yourself in Hokkien Getai performances, go all the way at the “Jiak Ba Buay” (“Have you eaten?”) Bingo, and travel back to the good old days with nostalgic arcade games.

Don’t forget to take home a souvenir or two from the Mixed Goods Store retail lane featuring Hokkien-styled merchandise after you’ve had your fill. Don’t worry about running out of cash either—QR code payments via OCBC PayAnyone will also be available at the stalls.

Black Hokkien Mee

Salivating yet? Keep a lookout for festival seats through the reservation platform Chope so you can snag the best spot for the best experience.

The 50 Cents Fest will be held from 27 to 28 July 2019, 11am to 11pm, at Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street, and Chinatown.

This post was originally published on Teenage. Edited with permission and republished for Singapore’s Child.