A Lighter Side of History: Preserving Singapore's Food Heritage in the 21st Century

The Salon,
Level 1
4pm - 5.30pm

Food is without a doubt, an important part of Singapore’s identity. We’re a nation of foodies, people who readily traverse the island in search of famous food stalls. But how much do you know about Singapore’s food heritage? Find out more for yourself at the month’s drool-inducing A Lighter Side of History programme! The gastronomes from Slow Food Singapore will take you through the past and present of Singapore’s traditional food cultural heritage, as well as their take on what we can do to preserve it. With the Chinese Lunar New Year just around the corner, you will also get to witness a lo hei (“Prosperity Toss”) demonstration by one of its original creator, Master Chef Hooi Kok Wai of the famed Dragon Phoenix Restaurant.

About Slow Food Singapore

Slow Food (Singapore) is the only Slow Food branch in Singapore that is officially authorised by the Slow Food International Association. Set up as a volunteer-run, non-profit community organisation in October 2013, Slow Food (Singapore) is working to promote and preserve Singapore's traditional food cultural heritage through its events and programs.

About Dragon Phoenix Restaurant 

Dragon Phoenix Restaurant has been established since 1963 by Mr. Hooi Kok Wai, a renowned Master Chef in the Chinese culinary world. Under Chef Hooi's management and his interesting culinary creations such as the Chilli Crab, Hong Kong Spring Chicken and the Yam Pot, Dragon Phoenix soon became a household name among Cantonese food lovers.

Singapore Food Heritage Exclusives
Enjoy 20% off a variety of food-related Museum Label products @NMS when you sign up for January's A Lighter Side of HistoryFind out more.


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Family Time

Take a trip through 700 years of Singapore's history with your little ones with our Family Time Guide to find out how life in this Lion City has changed over the centuries. On your journey, you will meet various historical figures as well as landmark objects in each phase of Singapore's history. Explore how people from different communities used to live, their aspirations and how they helped shape the Singapore we see today.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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