No UNESCO recognition required

As Singapore busies itself with a UNESCO bid for hawker culture, busy your taste buds with un-politicised street food instead. Now an anticipated event for foodies in the local calendar, Resorts World Sentosa’s (RWS) street food festival RWS Street Eats returns May 3-12 for its third edition.

Like last year, the 10-day event will bring together hidden hawker gems from all around the region—the likes of Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan—in one place at RWS’s Malaysian Food Street. Joining the 10 existing stalls are 14 new ones; look out for Penang’s Projek Nasi Lemak, famed for its lobster, assam fish and eggplant takes on the humble dish, crafted by third-generation hawkers; or San Wei Qiao from Kaohsiung, Taiwan with its traditional bamboo sticky rice—glutinous rice topped with succulent meat. Fans of Thai food can also get Mama Tom Yum Noodle from the Rayong Province, and pork trotter rice from Zong Khamoo, a 40-year-old Bangkok institution that still draws long queues today.

Naturally, there’ll be more recognisable local favourites too, like bak kut teh and hokkien mee from the regular stalls at Malaysian Food Street. And it wouldn’t be a Street Eats without a few invited guest chefs whipping up exclusive regional specialties. Top Chef Vietnam 2014 finalist Chef Cam Thien Long, or Chef Steven Long, will by popular demand make a comeback with his signature beef noodle pho.

Admission is completely free, though if you want first dibs on great deals, there’s an ongoing early bird offer of $15 for four tasting dishes that you can purchase here.

RWS Street Eats happens May 3-12 at the Malaysian Food Street, Resorts World Sentosa. More information here.