Discovering food in Singapore
I arrived in Singapore on a Friday and was immediately taken to this sushi restaurant by my friends. The restaurant was packed with people (in fact that whole food court was so but the sushi place was most awfully crowded). I don’t know if it was a Friday night or the place is always crowded like that but we waited in line for about 1 hour to get into the restaurant. Frankly speaking, standing in line for 1 hour right after a flight was quite a bad experience but the sushi exceeded my expectation.
We ordered the place’s special, and it was this beautifully rolled sushi with salmon and a creamy layer of mayonnaise on top, accompanied by usual sushi condiments like pickled ginger, wasabi, etc. The taste was very good and there was no sushi I had eaten in Japan that tasted quite like that. Although I have to admit that this type of sushi is of the extravagant, over the top category and is quite unusual in Japan.
One minus point about this place is that they did not have hot green tea available for free like any other sushi restaurants.
2. Dim Sum @Din Tai Fung
The next day I went to have dim sum at Ding Tai Fung, the most well known restaurant chain for dim sum in many countries. I’ve heard great things about this place, so I was very excited. Apart from the chili crab dumpling, which I think is a Singapore specialty, all other dishes I ordered were pretty average. Next time if I want to eat dim sum in Singapore, I think I’ll go to another place and see how it plays out.
3. Char Kway Teow
Char kway teow is a popular noodle dish in Singapore and the surrounding countries. it is stir-frying flat rice noodles made with light and dark soya sauce, shrimp paste, tamarind juice, Chinese chives, lup cheong (Chinese sauce) and cockles. It has a reputation of being unhealthy and shouldn’t be eaten often. It is oily, wet and sweet, and very strong with a lot of garlic.
Cway teowhar k is not the best street food in the world. It used to be the food for poor labourers and gradually became one of the most popular hawker dishes in Singapore. That was why I decided to try it on this trip. Sometimes you want to eat something not because it’s delicious, but to understand the underlying meaning and history. Not too much though, you would want to save your stomach for other delicacies.
4. Floss buns @Breadtalk
Surprisingly this is the Highlight of my trip: stunning Breadtalk’s floss buns, $1.5 each.
Breadtalk is a listed bakery based in Singapore that was founded in July 2000. There are 38 retail outlets in Singapore, with presence in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
Breaktalk sells a wide range of bread, cakes, buns and pastries, but most prominent is their signature pork floss buns. Holy crap it is so ridiculously delicious and addictive. If you buy it, buy in dozens cause I promise you won’t stop eating.Print