SINGAPORE - Chicken rice, bak kut teh, Indian mee goreng, satay and chendol - these Singaporean favourites were served on Thursday along the banks of the River Seine in Paris, France.
More than 500 people visited outdoor market Saveurs de Singapour sur les Berges de Seine in Paris on its opening night, and 600 dishes were sold.
Organised by Temasek Polytechnic (TP), les Berges de Seine, which manages the river, and National Heritage Board, the event is part of Singapour en France - le Festival, the largest overseas showcase of Singapore's contemporary arts, culture and heritage.
Students from TP's Diploma in Baking & Culinary Science course whipped up popular local hawker fare, such as chicken rice, bak kut teh, Indian mee goreng, satay and chendol.
The students also put up a photo exhibition introducing spices and Singapore flavours, and organised traditional kampong games such as chapteh, five-stones and kuti-kuti.
There was also a fashion display of apparel made by students from the school's Diploma in Apparel Design & Merchandising.
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office and in the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth Sam Tan, who visited the outdoor market on Thursday and served satay to visitors, said: "Saveurs de Singapour sur les Berges de Seine gives us a chance to share Singaporeans' passion for our favourite dishes with our friends in France."
"More than a showcase of delicious food, it also presents our rich food heritage that reflects the multicultural diversity of Singapore. This is a very important intangible heritage that we have, and it's something we will ensure we preserve as we look towards the future, during our Golden Jubilee celebrations in Singapore," he added.
The outdoor market ends on Sunday.
The Singapour en France - le Festival, which the outdoor market is part of, has attracted more than 336,000 visitors to over 70 of its events since it opened on March 26.
Co-organised by the National Heritage Board, the National Arts Council and Institut Francais - France's agency for international arts and cultural projects - the festival is one of the international celebrations for Singapore's Golden Jubilee, and also marks 50 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Over 250 Singapore's artistic and creative talents in visual, performing and literary arts, film and architecture have been presented in more than 30 prestigious institutions in France.