Monday, July 05, 2010

Singapore Trip 2010: Food, glorious food


Yeah I know that I write too much about food. I suppose that is something I really delight in.

Was in church last Saturday and Tim Hughes was the guest worship leader, being in Germany for a 2-day worship conference which he led. Another speaker preached about the verse

"The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17

I found this verse so deep and profound. Firstly, its amazing that I can even remember this verse by heart! The speaker used very relevant examples to illustrate what the above verse meant. And I simply memorized the verse according to the examples that he cited.
Jap food from Sushi Teh. This time we didn't crave that much for Jap food, I suppose thanks to our pretty recent trip to Strasbourg where we had awesome Jap. Nevertheless, Jap food is pretty huge in Singapore and reasonable too.
(Clockwise from top left: Coffee-flavoured ribs / Soon Hock fish / Crispy Lemon Chicken / Sze Chuan soup) Chinese food at an award-winning restaurant, Dragon Phoenix at Clarke Quay. The Soon Hock (fish) was amazingly crispy on the outside, fresh and succulent on the inside. Ok, so its 50€ price tag was extortionate, but it was the only fresh Chinese fish I ate my whole trip!
This is what a "hawker centre" looks like. Free seating and many stores to choose from. Each store specialising in a couple of dishes. Prices remain unbeatable at a range of 1€ to 3€ for a decent meal.
Love this shot of my sweetie eating his favourite hokkien mee (prawn noodles).

He must have had it at least 6 times during our stay in Singapore? At the hawker centre, one usually addresses the store owners as "Uncle" or "Auntie" out of respect. Stephan always orders his favourite Aloe Vera can drinks from the same store, such that the uncle recognized him and told him that he supported Germany in the World Cup! haha.
(Duck flat noodles / Hainanese Chicken Rice / La Mian / Laksa)

Funnily enough, being overseas shows you what you really treasure. During my first year in Germany, I only dreamt of hawker centre food. No 5-star restaurant, just the typical hawker centre fare. Also my cooking attempts are usually attempts to replicate the same type of mouth-watering delicacies. **yum**

Word of caution though. These are typical Singaporean food, but as a rule of thumb, people do not eat them on a daily basis. As much as they are delicious, they are also filled with a LOT of lard (oil), hence the stomach is not the only thing it will fill up.
Satay / Oyster Omelette
(Minced pork noodles / Rojak / Kuay Chap - Noodles with braised intestines / Beef Ball Noodles) Before you gag, let me remind you that the French also eat pork intestines too! And when it comes to food, the French are culinary masters!
Having steamboat with my brother and his friend. Golden Mile steamboat has got to be one of the best places to have steamboat in Singapore! They sell chicken rice and have chicken soup for the stock. Slurpilicious! Its also one of those places where you'd probably wouldn't go if you were a tourist, because its so secluded and one needs a "blue-blooded" Singaporean to bring you there. We couldn't even find out way to the restaurant from the outside!
Steamboat - Sorta like Chinese fondue. One just throws in whatever one wants in the soup (meat, seafood, vegetables, fish balls...) and just wait for it to cook. Except that since this is typically Chinese, you eat it with rice together with condiments like garlic chilli sauce, soya sauce etc. This is a customary dish during the reunion dinners at Chinese New Year, similar to what raclette is for Europeans.

3 comments:

Beau Lotus said...

Sigh, can die looking at that food...

Pris said...

Hey Serene!
I miss the food already!!!! When are you going back this time round?

Jacob said...

Gosh, this just too tempting…Can’t wait to fly to there and get to stay at centralized cheap hotels in Singapore from where I can take off on a delicious journey.

Just imagine…getting lucky at the Merlion Park! We plan to go shopping and then meet up with our buddies back atone of the Singapore discount hotels.

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