Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Old-school food fest for seniors

Earlier today, residents from United Medicare Centre (Toa Payoh) were treated to an array of sumptuous local delights at the 1960s Era Food Festival! To replicate the ‘60s, the food booths were dressed up like the era and the dishes were served on banana leaves, accompanied by oldies songs. Residents felt a sense of nostalgia as they were transported back to the olden days.

Dishes were served on banana leaves.
The first dish served was Tangyuan, a Chinese dessert of glutinous rice balls served in boiling water or sweet syrup, in celebration of the upcoming Winter Solstice Festival on 22 December.
Next up was Gado-Gado, an Indonesian salad made of steamed vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, boiled potatoes, fried tofu and tempeh, lontong, and served with a peanut sauce dressing.

Residents also savoured a popular local delight, Satay, a dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served with a peanut sauce. The meat was made soft so that all residents were able to enjoy this dish.

To end off, a sweet treat – durian ice cream – was served on a pushcart, with the traditional bell jingling away.
Some residents were accompanied by their loved ones during the food festival.
One of the residents indulging in local delights and giving the tasty food a thumbs-up!
Another resident who looked very happy with the afternoon’s tea break!
After the feast, residents played a traditional local game - Tikam Tikam, which saw them expressing which food (in the form of labels) they would like, before peeling off the label to reveal the prize won.
(L-R) Decked out in theme, Mr Walter Lee, Executive Director and Mr Huang Jiahan, Director, joined Ms Holly Ong, Cook, at one of the booths.

Ms Ong came in second place in the recent Share & Cook Culinary Cook-Off organised by AIC.

The food festival was made possible by the passionate United Medicare Centre staff, who also handmade the food booths using recycled materials such as carton boxes.

Check out our Facebook Live video of the event here.

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