Food is also the most voted intangible heritage item to be included in UNESCO list, according to a National Heritage Board poll of 3000 people! Yes, it is that time of the year, when many Singaporeans are holding their breath to see what would be Singapore’s first item on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Representative List. While it might just sound like another fun thing to indulge in after Chinese New Year, this has been a tradition since 2008, created to share multicultural aspects of Singapore’s heritage with the international community, and contribute to the world’s diversity. This year, our proud nominees include Singapore hawker food such as Rojak and Bak Kut Teh, with the first place going to … (wait for it)… CHICKEN RICE! The ICH inventory will be released in batches over the next few months, but the most pressing issue at hand is… is it roasted chicken rice or white chicken rice?
Written by Uyen Le-Khuc