Artbox Singapore is back this year from 25 to 27 May and 1 to 3 June (Fri to Sun), with its location at Bayfront Event Space, Marina Bay (the space next to Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre).
It is over 140,000 square feet, set to be Singapore’s largest creative market, comprising of over 400 regional and local partners.
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So I just came back from Artbox Singapore 2018. The GOOD news: More space to walk, more food stalls, more organised.
There is enough for you to slowly look around the stalls, and it appears to be a lot better ventilated as the food and clothing stalls are better segmented.
In terms of food choices, I find that there is a bigger variety including many new players, other than the usual pop-up suspects. I was expecting to find MANY Thai Milk Tea stalls, but only counted a couple.
The theme for the year is Oasis, which promises “endless variety of eateries and retail to great music and interactive entertainment”.
Other than the usual suspects – some can also be found at the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar 2018 happening at the same time, here are 40 food and drink stalls you can look forward to at Artbox Singapore :
GOShot – 24K Gold Flakes Chocolate Charcoal Softserve ($5.90). Said to be inspired by Bruno Mars. I found the price reasonable for ArtBox standard, and was smooth enough without being watery.
Soi 47 – Fried Mama Pork Balls ($6). Never seen before, as Soi 47 is first-timers to bazaars like this.
What you get are meatballs covered with mama noodles, deep fried, then coated with pork floss and mayo. Time-consuming to make, and they are selling it here. Win!
Soi 47 also serves up Iced Lychee Thai Milk Tea ($4) and Iced Lychee Thai Tea ($4).
WaWa – Fried Wantons ($5) with cheese mayo sauce, salted egg sauce or super spicy sambal. Sauces are house-made, and salted egg sauce was actually not too bad.
3 Broke Girls – Myeongdong-inspired Topokki Rice Cakes with toppings of condensed milk, chocolate or Gula Melaka. (They told me they were broke… please support them.)
Carrot Cubes – The suppliers of carrot cake are serving their own rendition at $5, $6 or $7. Other thn the Traditional White Carrot Cake, you can go for the more funky bacon with carrot cake.
The Raclette Factory – Raclette Cheese on Swiss Rosti and Chicken Sausages. The owner mentioned that he went to Switzerland to learn how to make and cook rosti. Not bad, please eat this hot, hot.
MoMo – Pretty pink Sakura Drink ($6). ‘Hidden’ stall as I didn’t observe many people around, but highly instagrammable. Might just become this year’s silent hit.
Cereal Citizen – Crododo & Milkshake Combo with honey stars and rainbow rice. I saw a Cha Yen Milkshake.
Also available is the XL Rainbow Cotton Candy – be prepared to wait as it takes time to get the colours in. And who knows, you may spot famous bloggers Bong Qiu Qiu and Rachell Tan here as they co-own the stall.
The Butcher’s Kitchen – The Suntec Restaurant known for its flaming Hokkaido Wagyu Beef Bowl is out to sell some of their signatures such as Sausage Ragu ($8), Wagyu Beef Dice ($10), Truffle Wagyu Beef Dice ($12) and Meat-Overload flamed with a Cognac Concoction.
Home Pao Pao – Cute buns with different fillings and animal faces.
Cakerholic – Fancy cakes and desserts, such as Ondeh Ondeh Cupcakes, Lemon Meringue and Chocolate Salted Caramels Tarts.
Coyoro – Dragon’s Breath snack. For the Instagram. Available in original Coco, Didi (fruity cereal) and Sweet Meringue Cookies.
ChaMakMak – Ruby Booby Deluxe ($6.00) which is a cup of traditional hand-made Thai red rubies (they have blue as well) added with mochi, topped with vanilla ice cream.
Hyde & Co – Signature Chili Crab Pasta, all time favourite Truffle Fries with shaved Parmigiano and the newly launched Handcrafted Swedish Meatballs under its new brand Island Hydeaway.
Rio – Cocktails in pretty pastel colours such as Fruit Punch with Vodka, Peach with Brandy, Rose with Whiskey.
Say Chiizu – Famous Hokkaido Cheese Toast from Bangkok ($3.80) available in original, chocolate, charcoal and matcha. For the cheese pull.
Softnade – Meatballs in a bucket, including the famed Chicken Satay Meatballs in a bucket ($10). Super long queue at Geylang Serai. No queue here. Come, come.
Cake Love – Mini Dutch pancakes (10 for $5 or $6 depending on flavours), serves up flavours of Nutella, cookies and cream, banana split, ondeh-ondeh, s’mores, and red velvet.
Dirrty Fries by 52 Sandwich Shack – Fries with kimchi chicken, mushroom poutine, mac & cheese, beef rendang ($10).
Be Frank – Grab n Go Hotdogs with different type of toppings such as Pork bratwurst with Cheesy Mushroom, Corney Island (Beef toppings with onions), Slaw & Order (Slaw Cabbage and Pineapple) and Bac & Cheese (Bacon and Raclette Cheese).
Dumpling Darlings – Gyoza with minced pork collar, napa cabbage and black vinaigrette ($9 for 6 pieces)
Easy Eggs – Selection of egg dishes. The signature is Mentaiko with Grilled Egg Balls ($6.90), topped up with Mentaiko (Fish Roe sauce) and a touch of flame.
Saiko Takoyaki – Japanese street snacks (Saikō is a Japanese slang that loosely translates to “the best” or “awesome”. )
Twenty-One – Food at the top of the cup, and a drink at the bottom ($12). There are choices or Ribeye Beef, Mozzarella, and Ebi with drink choices of pomegranate, passionfruit, green apple and mango soda.
The Wicked Cream – Pink Salt Hokkaido Milk Softserve with Matcha Cookie ($6).
Purist Patisserie – Fleur Cake layered with thin waffle biscuit base, raspberry mousse and white chocolate.
555 Thai Tea – Available in 700ml and 1L cups priced at $3 or $4, while their Thai Iced Milk Tea were not the thickest, theirs were the more inexpensive thirst-quenchers.
Broti – Thai Iced Tea, Green Milk Tea, Charcoal Matcha and Earl Grey Milk Tea, and flavoured sodas in signature 1L cups.
Waan Cha – Freshly Brewed Thai Milk Tea and Green Milk Tea.
The Juicy Way – Layer coloured drinks made from real fruits. The blue colour comes from all-natural colours of blue pea flower.
Lickerbites – A different way of making ice cream – choose a base and ingredients to be “infused” within the ice cream itself.
Ollella – Ice cream in flavours of Thai Milk Tea, Kaya Pandan and Coconut ($5). Get a decorated Crazy Cone at $7.
The M Plot Thai Milk Tea and Green Tea ($4) in ‘chio’ bottles. Drink made with real milk.
Tiew Mai – Thai food stall serving up Thai Basil Stir Fry Chicken with Rice, Thai Fish Cake, Gyoza and Grilled Skewers.
Triple C – Grilled pork collar and Tomyum Jumbo Pork Ball.
Soi Thai Soi Nice – Thai street food from Tom Yum Mama ($6), Deep Fried Pork Neck ($5), Deep Fried Pork Belly ($5) to Grilled Pork Neck ($5).
Yum Mama – Mama Noodle ($8) in mild, strong, or “burn your mama” level of spiciness.
6ix Rosti – Customisable Cheesy Rosti ($6 onwards) with Smoked Duck, Bacon, German Sausage and Smoked Salmon toppings.
Loco Loco – The usual suspect at pasar malam. How to not miss them? Expect Original Churros, Oreo Churros and Ondeh Ondeh Churros ($5.50).
Markozar – Their Martabak Manis ($6.50) is the Indonesian sweet pancakes similar with the Apam Balik. Available flavours include Original, Nutella Falls, Good Ol’ Peanut and Choco Rush.
Artbox Singapore 2018
Date: 25 – 27 May 2018 & 01 – 03 June 2018 (Friday to Sunday)
Venue: Bayfront Event Space (beside Marina Bay Sands)
Time: 3:00pm – 11:00pm
By Train – Bayfront MRT Station Exit E (Circle Line or Downtown Line)
By Bus – 97, 106, 133, 502, or 518 and alight opposite Marina Bay Sands MICE Bus Stop
Parking – URA Bayfront Open-air carpark (most affordable, limited space), Marina Bay Financial Centre, The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands (Priciest)