16 June 2014

Singapore food: Part 1

So if you've taken a look around my (updated!!!) new site, you may have realised that in my FAQ section, I mentioned that despite having lived in Singapore for the most part of my life, I don't know much about this tropical island. Well.. that changes today! Sort of. This post is about food in Singapore that I tried and liked and where to get them.

Singapore is known for many things, like growing really fast, being the most expensive city in the world to live in, and having a large number of grumpy citizens. Most of which is true, by the way. It is also known for it's food. The moment I stepped out of the airport, I told my parents that all I really wanted there and then was a bowl of Bak Chor Mee. This was at 5am in the morning after having suffered a long transit due to my first flight being delayed. Then I felt bad because they had stayed up all night waiting for me, so we went home and headed out for BCM in the afternoon instead. The first mouthful of it was divine. And so was the second. And the third. But anyway, without further ado, here's a post about a month's worth of nom-worthy images and where to find them.

^^ This was literally lasagna on top of pizza. I had seconds and thirds and am definitely going to try and make this when I get my hands on some Velveeta.. mm ^^  
At the Shangri-la hotel

 ^^ One lone Tong Heng egg tarts. Egg tarts are one of my favourite chinese desserts, and the best egg tarts in Singapore are made by Tong Heng. The crust is fluffy, flaky and sweet and the egg filling is just d-i-v-i-n-e. Definitely one of the things I crave for a lot when I am in Vancouver. 

^^ Brought Jongwook for a nonya buffet to give him a taste of what my kind of food is like. My grandma makes a lot of these kinds of food. This was Chili Padi Nonya Cafe in NUS.  Everything they put out was yummy, from laksa to buah keluat and crab stock soup. It was soo gratifying watching Jw enjoy everything he ate. ^^

 ^^ An aglio olio with a (badly made) Caesar at Pepper Steak House in Great World City. The aglio olio was perfectly al dente and it was garlicky, which I loved. ^^ 

^^ My mom brought Jw out for lunch at Crystal Jade, which is obviously one of the most successful restaurant chains in Singapore. This was the first plate of roast pork I had in two years. I also had crispy noodles and all sorts of Dim Sum, and my mom and Jw enjoyed their fried yam as well! *shudder* ^^

^^ Speaking of Dim Sum... I tried Custard Buns for the first time ever. I've always wondered what that creamy bun that everyone instagrammedwhen they went for Dim Sum was. Apparently the deep-fried ones taste better than the steamed ones, though! ^^

 ^^ Bak Chor mee at Great World City. I love black vinegar so much so I always ask for more of it! ^^

 ^^ Since Jw liked the Nonya buffet, my mom brought him for a Penang buffet. They had penang style laksa, hokkien mee, thr thor soup, nasi lemak, mee goreng, sambal otah, fried chicken, and many other dishes, but I remember these as the yummiest ones.  Jw literally sampled everything at the buffet, and it was really fun watching him beam whenever he tried something new and liked it. This was Princess Terrace Cafe at Corpthrone King's Hotel.

^^ One morning we decided to come into work really late so we went for breakfast at Wendy's. It wasn't anything special but I haven't been to Wendy's for three years so a picture of it was due I guess? Ha ha ^^ 

^^ Found really delicious (and colourful!) rice bowls at Mex-Out.It's kind of like a DIY Quizno's sandwich concept, but with rice instead ^^

^^ I've also been going to Joe & Dough a lot for coffee. I love their little coffee shop and their baked goods are preeeetty ace. For about two weeks I lived for their caramel lattes and their peaches & brie sandwich. 

^^ Woke up to Dim Sum one day. I had to. ^^ 

^^ MY FAVOURITE ICE CREAM FLAVOUR IS THE PADDLEPOP RAINBOW!!! I missed you. I missed you so much. ^^

^^ Got decent cheese fries for $3.50 at the food court in Greenwich Village. It's so difficult to find cheese fries like this in Canada because 99.9% of the time, people assume you're talking about poutine when you say you want cheese fries. No!! No!! Blasphemy!!!!!! ^^ 

^^ A fried dough fritter (best with congee!) and home made garlic chili, courtesy of my aunt. ^^ 

^^ Went for dinner at Little Part One Cafe. Their menu hasn't changed in years!! Here you kind of, sort of see my shepherd's pie. ^^

^^ Tigermilk. ^^ 

^^ More BCM hunting: this one is from May Hua food court in the CBD area. Their BCM tastes awesome (I think) because they use a lot of lard in their cooking, which is a little unhealthy I suppose, but Bak Chor Mee is life so fiiiiiiight itttt~ ^^

^^ Dessert in my special made French bento box. Happy ^^ 

^^ Desserts at The Line, Shangri-la hotel ^^. I've never been a fan of the buffet at the Line because I always found the combination of food served a little too, shall we say, ambitious? Their dessert station is probably my favourite stop.  ^^

This is only Part 1 of my little guide!! More to follow in weeks to come, because Jw loves local food here which is definitely a plus for me. It has only been two weeks, and he has been adjusting so well, I can't say i'm not proud of him :)

Some nights he comes over and we have my helper cook up something local, like Singapore fried vermicelli (aka Bee Hoon, but this is what Vancouverites know the dish as), and wantons (my family's not-so-secret ingredient: ground up water chestnuts), and he's happy with that. The other day I overheard him telling my mom that he "had to learn how to cook laksa because Sarah always craves for it in Vancouver." Aww!! Hopefully we have time to learn how to cook Singaporean food before we head back because I don't know when we'll return again...

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