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New short film by Royston Tan centres on popiah

Published on May 15, 2013 7:41 AM

When making his new short film, director Royston Tan found out that the local snack popiah had originated in China during the Spring and Autumn Period (approximately 771 to 476BC) and then travelled south and was used as an offering for ancestral worship.

When it made its way to Singapore, bamboo shoots were replaced with turnip in the roll.

Tan muses: "It is so common in Singapore and yet it has had so much of a historical journey."

It has reached another milestone in its journey - it is the "star" of Tan's short film, Popiah.

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Where: Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, 88 Bright Hill Road

When: May 23 & 24

Admission: Free

Info: Go to for screening times. Schools and organisations interested in showing the film can e-mail