We're Invited Into Their Homes To Sample Dishes From Their Culture

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(Clockwise from left) Get introduced to cuisines from countries like Bangladesh and Japan, and savour local flavours such as those from the Eurasian community.
(Clockwise from left) Get introduced to cuisines from countries like Bangladesh and Japan, and savour local flavours such as those from the Eurasian community.
(Clockwise from left) Get introduced to cuisines from countries like Bangladesh and Japan, and savour local flavours such as those from the Eurasian community. | Photos: Photo: mycommunityfestival.sg and My Community Festival

"Dinner eat what ah?" is a perennial happy problem for many living in Singapore. If only we got to know those in our community better, we'd know that a smorgasboard of gastronomic delights await our partaking - and they might just be right in our own backyard!

Enter My Community Festival, a ground-up community event - organised by non-profit organisation My Community with support from the Singapore Tourism Board - that happens from 5 to 21 August this year. It's a chance for us to explore various facets of Singapore through not only others' homes but also workplaces, places of worship, and communal spaces.

And if food is on your mind, then check out "What's For My Dinner", a collection of home-dining programmes where you get to hear childhood stories from the hosts and eat enticing dishes prepared by them.

With over 20 different cuisines to choose from, it's heaven for the foodies! Here are six that tickle our fancy:

Photo: My Community Festival
Photo: My Community Festival

My Japanese Dinner with Fukuda Eiko 🇯🇵

Learn to make IG-worthy and yummy bento boxes from Eiko-san as she introduces you to the delectable flavours of Japanese food. Oishii!

About the host

Eiko-san's appreciation for home-cooked food began during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, when she ate simple meals in the candle light with her family as the earthquake aftershocks occurred.

About the experience

Eiko-san’s philosophy: Cook together. Eat together. One Dining. That means you can expect delicious home-made Japanese fare as well as a fun-filled hands-on session. Your host will impart secret techniques to help you make perfect traditional Japanese onigiri in no time!

Meal details

  • Food is non-halal. Vegetarian and vegan options can be prepared upon request. Food may contain nuts, eggs, seafood, dairy and gluten.

  • Ticket price: $25 (excluding Eventbrite service fee)

  • Meal timing: 7 to 8.30pm

  • Meal dates: 19-21 Aug 2022

  • Meeting point: Lift lobby of 530A Pasir Ris Drive 1, Singapore 511530

Book tickets here

Photo: My Community Festival
Photo: mycommunityfestival.sg
Photo: mycommunityfestival.sg

My Bangladeshi Dinner with Ahmed Mohammad Rubel 🇧🇩

Let the aroma and fragrance of freshly-made Bangladeshi curry fill your nostrils. Yes, we can see you salivating already.

About the host

Ahmed whips up a mouthwatering curry for himself at least thrice a week - that should tell you he knows the recipe like the back of his hand.

About the experience

Ahmed cooks to remain connected to his family back in Bangladesh. And the savoury curry will transport you right to the heart of his native country! You''ll even hear Ahmed's vivid accounts of life back home.

Meal details

  • Food is non-halal. The dinner is not suitable for vegetarians. Food may contain dairy, eggs, nuts and other allergens.

  • Ticket price: $25 (excluding Eventbrite service fee)

  • Meal timing: 7 to 8.30pm

  • Meal dates: 21 Aug 2022

  • Meeting point: Entrance of Changi Chapel, 1000 Upper Changi Rd North, Singapore 507707

Book tickets here

Photo: My Community Festival
Photo: My Community Festival
Photo: My Community Festival

My Northern Chinese Dinner with Anan Christie 🇨🇳

Knead-less to say, you'll be busy making dumplings out of dough. And you can look forward to devouring not only amply filled dumplings but also a host of other Northern Chinese flavours that will tantalise your tastebuds.

About the host

Anan's first-ever dumplings actually exploded in the boiling water. Since then, she's perfected the technique, and friends and family approve of her culinary creations!

About the experience

Dumplings in Singapore actually taste different from these authentic Northern Chinese ones, so Anan will guide you through the process of moulding the ones she grew up with.

Meal details

  • Food is non-halal. The dinner is not suitable for vegetarians. Food may contain gluten, eggs, seafood and other allergens.

  • Ticket price: $25 (excluding Eventbrite service fee)

  • Meal timing: 7 to 8.30pm

  • Meal dates: 20 Aug 2022

  • Meeting point: Entrance of Eastern Lagoon 2, 208 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455287

Book tickets here

Photo: mycommunityfestival.sg
Photo: My Community Festival
Photo: My Community Festival

My Eurasian Dinner with Kurt Drysdale 🇸🇬

Calling all lovers of Eurasian cuisine and those who've always been curious about it: Devil's Curry, Shepherd's pie, and other mouth-watering offerings are in store!

About the host

Kurt is the owner of Casa Kumi, a Eurasian home-dining experience, and is part of a diverse family tree: his late grandmother was Teochew, his mother is Chinese-Portuguese from the Malacca settlement, and his father is Indian-Scottish.

About the experience

Join Kurt in his kitchen for a truly East-meets-West adventure where you'll get to relish the best culinary offerings from each side of the world. Turn up hungry!

  • Food is Halal. The recipe is not suitable for vegetarians. Food may contain nuts, eggs, seafood, dairy and gluten.

  • Ticket price: $25 (excluding Eventbrite service fee)

  • Meal timing: 7 to 8.30pm

  • Meal dates: 5, 6, 7 Aug 2022

  • Meeting point: Security post of Three 11, 311 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574409

Book tickets here

Photo: My Community Festival
Photo: My Community Festival

My Indonesian Dinner with Indah Setiawan 🇮🇩

You can expect scrumptious Indonesian dishes served over a traditional banana leaf, and, of course, a generous serving of krupuk (Indonesian crackers) to go with everything!

About the host

Due to the nature of her husband's job, Indah has lived in many different countries such as Switzerland and the United States - and she's incorporated flavours she encountered there into her cooking.

About the experience

Not only will you eat well, you'll eat cleaner too - Indah prides herself in serving up appetising traditional Indonesian dishes with healthier techniques! And you'll get to try Indah's hometown speciality, megono, which is made of jackfruit, grated coconut, ginger torch, herbs and spices.

  • Food is non-halal. The dinner is not suitable for vegetarians. Food may contain nuts, soy, eggs, seafood and gluten.

  • Ticket price: $25 (excluding Eventbrite service fee)

  • Meal timing: 7 to 8.30pm

  • Meal dates: 14 Aug 2022

  • Meeting point: Tower 6A Lobby of Cairnhill Crest, 6 Cairnhill Circle, Singapore 229813

Book tickets here

Photo: My Community Festival
Photo: My Community Festival
Photo: My Community Festival

My Singaporean Fusion Dinner with Nithia Devan 🇸🇬

Nithia puts a spin on Singaporean cuisine by using ingredients sourced from Penang.

About the host

As a host on Travelling Spoon, Nithia also loves entertaining travellers from all over the world. Food is a key part of her life (duh!) and she'll be happy to share all she's learned over the years.

About the experience

One of the dishes you can tuck into will be rojak, which Nithia believes represents Singapore as a nation. Like the dressing, our shared Singaporean identity brings diverse cultural groups together. She'll also be serving laksa, and her magic pandan cake, which comprises three different textures.

  • Food is non-halal. The dinner is not suitable for vegetarians. Food may contain nuts, eggs, seafood and gluten.

  • Ticket price: $25 (excluding Eventbrite service fee)

  • Meal timing: 7 to 8.30pm

  • Meal dates: 6 Aug 2022

  • Meeting point: Lift Lobby of Blk 135 Bishan Street 12, Singapore 570135

Book tickets here

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