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
- Japanese desserts
- 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!
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)