In a follow-up to their previous video which featured “Singaporean snacks/food”, Buzzfeed has come up with another video that showcases a number of dishes easily and readily available in Singapore’s ubiquitous (but often under-appreciated and overlooked) hawker centres.
The generally positive comments by the men and women in the video instilled a sense of pride in my food-crazed self; comparable to that of hearing one’s national anthem at an Olympic Games medal ceremony.
While we’re on the topic of pride; the comments section of the video is littered with people attempting to be gastronomically patriotic – as expected. Sadly, these individuals have only managed to come off as being silly, petulant, and ignorant: rambling endlessly about the “authenticity” and “originality” of the dishes showcase in the aforementioned video, while making statements about neighbouring nations having better tasting food – all of which reek of emotionally-charged bravado and appear to be nothing more than a vehement expression of what can be considered to be a case of culinary chauvinism.
The burning question on my mind is: Why we can’t just discard the false and misleading label of “authentic” food (what is “authentic” food anyway?) and appreciate food – along with its countless nation/culture-crossing renditions – simply for its multi-sensory satisfying properties?