6 months Singapore defends bid for food honor Manilatimes |World
SINGAPORE: Singapore on Thursday defended nominating its street food for United Nations recognition as a bid to “safeguard” local culture after the move sparked a cross-border culinary clash with Malaysia. The city-state is home to many open-air food courts where vendors, known as “hawkers”, serve dishes such as chicken and rice, noodles and satays at relatively cheap prices. Singapore announced last year it would nominate its hawker culture to be designated as intangible cultural heritage by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and if successful it would join items such as traditional Japanese cuisine and Belgian beer on the ... more