everyone keeps asking me to pick a favorite part of our trip, a favorite part of singapore. the answer is quite simple really, but it comes in 2 parts. my favorite thing was getting to visit with family. but my favorite thing that others can relate to is the food. the food. the food. the food.
singapore has many fabulous restaurants. just like in the states, you can find fare from every corner of the world. but if you are looking for local cuisine and your restaurant has air con, forget it. you're going to pay an arm and a leg for something that is only posing as local cuisine. the hawker center is where it's at. these former street food stands are now stationary and surround a common eating area. they are cooled by osscilating fans in the open air. many are surrounded by local markets selling fresh fruits and veggies, korean-made clothes, essentials, chinese herbs, and teas.
|one of many singapore hawker centers. this one is in serangoon.|
we were treated to the exclusive equinox restaurant atop the swissotel overlooking marina bay and the city. the view was incredible, and mindy and i had a great seat, right by the window. the food, however, was an imitation of what we got at the hawker centers. i tried the laksa there. it was good. then i ate laksa at a hawker center. now i cannot even remember how the equinox laksa tasted. it could never measure up. fish ball noodles. otak. mee siam. satay. itek tim. hahm. rainbow kueh. pandan kaya kueh. kueh lapis. kueh pie-ti. bah kut teh. babi ponteh. lontong. red bean potong. durian cream puffs. deep fried mackerel. roti prata. kaya roti. kopi-o-kosong. steamed fish. morning glory. mee rubus. curry fish head. yong tau foo. hokkien mee. mee suah. nonya chap chye. ayam rendang. nasi padang. nasi briyani. char kway teow. chili crab. popiah. grilled stingray. prawns. teh-c. sotong. beef noodles. bbq chicken wings. braised duck rice. chicken rice. lime juice. fresh fruit juice on every street corner. sugar cane drink. sambal brinjal. okra. assam fish. chye sim. bee hoon. bamboo clams. everything served with chili sauce and a lime. some of the little shop fronts had lines for days, even in the middle of the afternoon. those were the ones to eat at and they were worth the wait. and when the food ran out, the shop closed.
|yong tau foo|
being back in the US makes me miss the food in singapore. we've only been here a couple of days, but we've eaten out several times. mostly for the sake of laziness and jet lag and not wanting to leave the house. the only thing i've been craving is a good burger, but i'll remedy that tonight, as mindy and i visited our local meat market today. everything we've eaten so far seems very bland. salty. or sweet. undeveloped flavor combinations or just simply dead taste. for anyone looking for great great food, visit singapore. you will not be disappointed. and try everything. find someone local who can take you to the best places. i am lucky enough to have my in-laws in singapore and they know all the best spots.