Food fad of the year: People queued 5 hours for...

Singaporeans have once again validated the saying that queueing for food is a national pastime.

They hung on even after being told they had to wait more than two hours for Bake cheese tarts at Ion Orchard. They went to Changi Airport at 7am for the opening of Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Cafe.

And 2016 was the year Singapore got its first Michelin guide - which not surprisingly stretched the already long queues at the two hawker stalls that received a Michelin star each. Customers of Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle had to queue for over an hour the day after the awards ceremony, while customers at Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle in Crawford Lane reported having to queue for up to two hours.

When Tsuta, another Michelin-starred eatery from Tokyo opened here, 250 people got in line for its award-winning ramen - even if it meant a wait of more than an hour.

Astonished? We haven't reached the top of the list.

Our pick for food fad of the year goes to the pop-up Pokemon cafe, which debuted to a five-hour queue. Fans were seen sitting on the floor in Bugis Junction on its opening day. Many reached hours before the opening time of 11am, with a few arriving at early as 6.45am! It's no wonder the 60-seat cafe decided to pop up for a second edition.

huizhen@sph.com.sg