Chang Sensory Trails 2018: One Food Festival’s Quest For Authenticity

Cally Cheung

Four years ago, Thailand introduced a robot programmed for one monumental purpose: discerning the authenticity of local dishes.

This nation-wide pride in great authentic dishes forms the backbone of Chang Sensory Trails, the annual Thai food festival organised by Thailand’s leading beer brand, Chang.

An eclectic celebration of the Thai culture and brand through food, the festival’s third edition will take place at The Lawn at Marina Bay from 31 August to 1 September 2018.

Grilled Chicken from Un-Yang-Kor-Dai

There will be eight Thai restaurants participating in this year’s edition, with newcomers such as Baan Ying and Un-Yang-Kor-Dai joining perennial favourites: Aroy Dee, Bangkok Jam, Gin Khao, Little Elephant, Long Chim, and Tamarind Hill. These restaurants will be serving signatures imbued with the Thai philosophy of Lamiat, the notion where perfection can be achieved through attention to detail and going against the norm. Singapore will be its last stop after London and Los Angeles, marking an end to the festival’s annual mission of whetting global appetites with the natural, native flavours of Thailand.

Home recipes will take the spotlight this year as most of the dishes are reflective of the chefs’ childhood and/or homeland favourites. Take Baan Ying’s Fried Shrimp & Pork Paste Toast, where the ubiquitous toast is deep-fried with flavourful homemade filling. It is deceptively simple and incredibly addictive, reminiscent of our Roti Ayam.


The Som Tom (Green Papaya Salad) is another highlight from this five-month-old restaurant. Baan Ying tailors the heat to our propensity for self-torture, but beyond that, the taste is wholly foreign as it is more hot and sour than the usual local rendition.

Another popular Thai dish that is often misinterpreted: green curry. According to the chefs, genuine green curry should only smell sweet, because of the coconut milk incorporated in the rich broth, and focus on delivering heat. Not surprisingly, many Thai dishes in Singapore deliver less than half of the heat that locals are used to in Thailand.

If spicy food is not a friend, do not fret. Chang beer will be easily accessible throughout the festival to keep things cool— as Canadian essayist Hugh Hood once said, “Nothing ever tasted better than a cold beer on a beautiful afternoon with nothing to look forward to than more of the same.” With a great line-up of live performances, irresistible food, and cold beer, be prepared to rediscover Thai culture, stomach first.

Chang Sensory Trails 2018
When? 31 Aug till 1 Sept, 4pm to 10pm
Entry is complimentary
The Lawn @ Marina Bay, 8A Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018984

[GIVEAWAY] We’re giving 2 lucky readers 1 set of exclusive vouchers (worth $50) to Chang Sensory Trails 2018 – more details here!

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