Have you ever wondered what a Singaporean hawker experience is like? If you don’t have any immediate plans to visit the Asian island city-state anytime soon, but are interested in experiencing its cuisine, you’ll be able to check out authentic Singapore street food culture firsthand across the street from Madison Square Park in New York City from September 23 through the 27.
The Box (also known as ilili Box) is usually a Lebanese food stand, but it will be transformed into a pop-up hawker stall to celebrate Singapore’s 50th anniversary as a country. The pop-up is being brought to you in conjunction with The Daily Meal and the Singapore Tourism Board.
The Box’s regular Mediterranean dishes will get a Singaporean makeover, like the Peking Duck Shawarma (duck with hoisin and scallions), sambal Brussels sprouts (green mango, dried shrimp, crushed peanuts, and sambal sauce), and Singaporean falafel (Pickled papaya and green mango, cilantro, scallions, and sambal tahini).
Customers can also enjoy a few entirely new Singaporean hawker offerings inspired by the culinary creations of street-food guru K.F. Seetoh, who is also working as Anthony Bourdain’s street food expert for his Singaporean-inspired street food market scheduled to open in 2016. Look for laksa yong tau foo (tofu stuffed with minced pork and vegetables in laksa curry broth), and popiah (spring roll with braised jicama salad, egg ribbons, Chinese sausage, shrimp, bean sprouts, and crushed peanuts).
This is far from the only Singaporean celebration going on in New York this fall. Check out a list of events and popups surrounding the golden anniversary here.