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: