I popped down to Raffles Place at noon to join my friends Stef and Shen Yi for Makan Day. They arranged for all manner of good food to be brought and eaten with their staff, friends and me.
I had Tian Tian chicken rice and Lao Pan tau huey. There was roast duck, kueh kueh and tons of food. I have awesome friends, I tell you.
It was an awesome lunch hour. We tucked in, chatted, and "occupied Raffles Place". At least that little corner lah. (See how others spent Makan Day at the FB Event page!)
Next to us, a queue formed for the free tau huey that Power 98FM was giving away. I photobombed their giveaway with the Makan Day sign and also took some photos with their nice DJs.
Before long, some curious onlookers gathered around our feast. We were most happy to share our extra food. This is the part I loved most. Makan Day is about sharing the food culture and the food we love. And if there is anything that gets Singaporeans fired up, it's food.
Stef said it best on her Facebook:
"Best Lunch hour ever. Some like minded colleagues and friends - all dressed in beige - brought lunch and tau huay to Raffles Place. As we laid out our spread - Maxwell chicken rice, Old Airport Road Tau Huay, Tiong Bahru pau and chwee kuei and a famous roast duck - random people starting queueing up to get a share. We pressed boxes laden with roast meats and chicken into the hands of cleaner ladies and encouraged senior delivery men to grab a pao or two. We even had a banker lady mince up with her Miu Miu to steal a tub of bean curd.
This is the Singapore I love. Where everyone loves a good kuei kuei, and food is to be shared. This is my Singapore. Is yours dressed in white and too poncy to remember your heritage tonight?"
I zipped back to the office after this Makan Day lunch to grab my bicycle because I had another appointment. Where, you ask? Here's a hint:
This is the Makan Day flag. You can print it out or download it on your phone (right-click and save)
Here is what I propose we do. Spend your Makan Day anywhere you wish and with whomever you like. You may want to try, for example, void deck, the beach, the parks, or some place where many diners in white may be having a picnic.
For myself, I will be at Raffles Place for lunch at around noon (I hear Power98 FM will be giving out tau huay there too). And I am likely to be at Marina Barrage for the evening.
Since this is a decentralized event (you want me to kena arrested for illegal assembly ah?), let's mark it by taking a photo of your celebration of our food culture, with this Makan Day flag in it. Use a printed copy, use a digital copy on your phone, it's all good. Then post on Twitter (use hashtag #makanday), Facebook and wherever you like. I will collect as many Makan Day photos from you guys as I can and share them on my blog.
Oh ya, if you are having picnics, DON'T LITTER HOR! Throw your stuff properly, ok?
Ready? Set? Makan!
P.S. Do go to Dr Leslie Tay's ieatishootipost blog to find out more about his upcoming Ultimate Hawker Fest! He is looking for sponsors for his awesome hawker food celebration, bringing together 20 hawkers and Chefs to cook for 2000 people!
"We the Food Lovers of Singapore,
Pledge ourselves as one united dining table,
Regardless of colour, method of preparation, or atas-ness,
To build an inclusively hungry society
Based on hojiak-ness, shiok-ness and sedap-ness
So as to achieve happiness, yummilicious-ness and fulfillment
For our stomachs."
Adapted by @mrbrown from the original by @kallangfortis
Update: In case you are wondering why the Dîner en Blanc Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DinerEnBlanc.Singapore is Dîner en Blank, the official explanation is that it was "temporarily disabled" to "afford the greatest number of participants, media, and page visitors, the opportunity to read" their important message on their site instead.