4 x 60’ | From Saturday, 10 October 2020
SIN/KL/MNL: 9.00pm | BKK/JKT: 8.00pm | DEL: 10.30pm
Returning for a second season, Belly of a Nation follows a group of Singapore food hawkers through their gastronomic daily lives and reveal trusted recipes behind their specialties.
Whet your appetite with local favourites such as Oyster Omelette with produce from Jeju, South Korea; a 90-year old recipe for sausages; fragrant chicken or mutton Nasi Briyani; Basin Dish that requires a day’s prep and enjoyed only once annually; crispy Appam; and Charcoal Bun Barbeque Burgers.
These multi-generational hawkers will provide you a glimpse into their camaraderie and squabbles, yet through it all, an unwavering support for each other. They’ll also share the legacies and challenges faced while trying to sustain their businesses.
Especially so when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Witness their shock, dismay, and determination to survive the downturn. Initial optimism turns to worry and fear as Singapore’s lockdown is extended. Will they stay afloat or be forced to roll down their shutters for good?
Don’t miss Belly of a Nation 2 on CNA.
View trailer: https://youtu.be/PE5ocVvL5Ks
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Watch on demand: https://bit.ly/3dh9KRT
p 1: Relationship Matters
Premiere: Saturday, 10 October, SIN/KL/MNL: 9.00pm | BKK/JKT: 8.00pm | DEL: 10.30pm
Encore: Sunday, 11 October, SIN/KL/MNL: 11.00pm | BKK/JKT: 10.00pm | DEL: 8.30pm
Age and opinion differences conjure a diverse yet scrumptious take on Nasi Briyani, Oyster Omelette, Snakehead Fish Head Beehoon and Charcoal Barbeque Burgers.
Ep 2: Old Tastes
Premiere: Saturday, 17 October, SIN/KL/MNL: 9.00pm | BKK/JKT: 8.00pm | DEL: 10.30pm
Encore: Sunday, 18 October, SIN/KL/MNL: 11.00pm | BKK/JKT: 10.00pm | DEL: 8.30pm
A decades-old noodle dish, sun-dried cuttlefish brined until chewy and succulent; and artisanal hand-stuffed Chinese sausages. What else are in these hawkers’ special recipes?
Ep 3: COVID-19 vs Hawkers
Premiere: Saturday, 24 October, SIN/KL/MNL: 9.00pm | BKK/JKT: 8.00pm | DEL: 10.30pm
Encore: Sunday, 25 October, SIN/KL/MNL: 11.00pm | BKK/JKT: 10.00pm | DEL: 8.30pm
The pandemic forces Singapore into lockdown. Hawkers now have to switch to take-away or delivery-only options which affects their businesses. Notwithstanding, these hawkerpreneurs, delivery drivers, and consumers band together to ensure shops survive and their favourite foods can still be enjoyed at home.
Ep 4: Finding Closure
Premiere: Saturday, 7 November, SIN/KL/MNL: 9.00pm | BKK/JKT: 8.00pm | DEL: 10.30pm
Encore: Sunday, 8 November, SIN/KL/MNL: 11.00pm | BKK/JKT: 10.00pm | DEL: 8.30pm
The lockdown has eased and life is returning to some level of normalcy. But for some hawkers, it’s too little too late. The pandemic has left in its wake a classic case of survival of the strongest – who are still open and who are not?