Thursday, November 27, 2008

Hokkaido Fair @ Tampines Mall



Hokkaido is Japan's largest prefecture, and second largest island. Home to good food, and even the beer brand "Sapporo", which is named after Hokkaido's capital, Sapporo, this prefecture is known for its cool summers and icy winters.


... No, this is not a beer advertisement. Neither am I giving a history talk on Japan's largest prefecture.


Hokkaido Fair @ Tampines Mall

An event organised by Isetan, the Hokkaido Fair comes to town yearly around June - July, bringing a taste of Hokkaido to this small country of Singapore with a range of exotic authentic Japanese cuisine. As it is nearer to school, I would always attend the one held at Tampines Mall (how to get to Tampines Mall: http://www.tampinesmall.com.sg/find.htm).

The size of the crowd at the fair is suffocating, queues are unimaginably long, and movement from stall to stall is limited and slow. But when you take your first bite into the wonders sold at the fair, nearly everything is worth it.

The staff selling the food and goods are easy to communicate with as they are mostly Singaporean. What is fascinating to watch are the chefs preparing and cooking the food you eat. That's right, they are Japanese. So they cook and fluff with traditional Japanese skills.

Variety of fresh food found are mostly what Hokkaido is famous for: seafood. From fresh fish to huge king crabs, the prices you see would probably frighten you if it is your first time seeing them (imagine a king crab costing about a few hundred Singapore dollars?).

Interesting goods available (some):

  • Products made from peppermint oil (candy, skin rubs)
  • Sushi and bentos
  • Pastry (puffs, cheese cakes)
  • Hokkaido Ice Cream
  • Takoyaki
  • Japanese desserts
  • Ramen
  • Korokke (curry, pumpkin, etc)
  • Snacks (chocolates, candy, crackers)

This is a definite must see for those avid explorers of good Japanese food. I like that the food tastes better than what you may find in Singapore. The prices are not too outrageous (outrageous is an understatement in terms of the crabs), and the quality of the food is certainly there.

After reading an article written about this Hokkaido Fair (http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/printfriendly/0,4139,135584,00.html), I'm amazed to say I really did miss out by not having tried the ramen there yet. I was trying to avoid filling my hunger tank with just one type of food. Oh well, looks like I will have to try again in 7 months...

Have you seen or heard of any other Japanese food fairs around Singapore?

Enjoy your visit to the next Hokkaido Fair if you have the chance to do so!

Atmosphere at Hokkaido Fair (Tampines Mall)


Rice cakes (rice filling with different coatings) sold at $2 each

More traditional Japanese desserts


From left to right (top to bottom): Ohagi rice cake with Kinako (soybean) powder, potato manju, Sakura Mochi (the leaf was edible!), Ohagi rice cake with Anko (red bean), and Miso Mochi (yes, it was salty...)


Peppermint Candy (the candy is the shape of a leaf)


Curry Korokke (filling is potato and curry)

1 comment:

Yumie said...

I like this entry better. You are more descriptive and clear plus short and sweet. The pictures were vibrant and focusing much on the food arena was brilliant. <3 Most people would spend a lot on that.

In short, this one attracts more attention as well as giving deeper impact to your audience. That's my POV anyway.

Thanks for your comment. XD It made me smile. Hehehe. And no, it's not a hint for Christmas. XD Hehehe.