It is closer to the end of May and this month has been an awesome month for me. No, I didn’t have a birthday nor getting bonus for my job. It is all because finally after not going anywhere for a year, I could do another traveling adventure (read: culinary adventure). And what make it more special is I could do it with my other half 🙂
This was our first time traveling together. After talking about doing it since the very first time we met, finally our plan could be realized. We didn’t have any specific country in our list but considered that we only had a short time to escape our daily routines, we chose not to go far away from Indonesia. Singapore is the best choice after all so, there we were. Frankly to say, this was my first time to visit other Asian country. I had been far away to Europe before but I haven’t once in my life visit other country around Indonesia. So, I was pretty excited especially for the foods. Keep reading 🙂
Arrived in Singapore and walk by the city, I totally amazed of how clean everything is. People looks in hurry every time, it remind me a lot to my Europe trip where people always walk in fast and put headphone in their ear. People are speak in Mandarin but mostly can speak English, or at least understand what you are saying. During our 5 days of traveling, we’ve been eating a lot, here and there. We’ve been trying to take pictures of every food we eat to be presented to you guys, so here it is, summary of our food hunting in Singapore. Enjoy!
Kopitiam Vivo City Outlet
Harbourfront Walk, #B2-39, Vivocity, Singapore 098585
Operating hours: 07.00 – 22.00
Kopitiam is one of Singaporean food court that have several outlet through out the city. One of the outlet is located in Vivo City where you could reach it by drop in Harbor Front MRT. There are plenty choices of stalls selling different types of foods from Singaporean, Chinese, Indian, Thailand, and other. Price is vary depend on which stalls you are purchasing in. I chose to try stall number R11 for carrot cake, R14 for mixed rice, and R6 for char stew roasted pork.
This savory is quite interesting since what you have is not exactly carrot cake like what you have imagined. If you are thinking of sweet carrot cake with cream cheese on the top, you are totally wrong. It is not a cake, not even a dessert. It even didn’t use any carrot as ingredients. The main ingredients used are steamed rice cakes and white radish. Both ingredients then stir-fried with eggs, garlic, and chai poh (kind of preserved radish). Some of carrot cake are white but some are darker because it use soy sauce. The reason why it is called as carrot cake is because white radish are known as white carrot in Singapore.
How does it taste? Sweet and salty. My carrot cake come out a little bit burnt so it’s a bit bitter. Wanna try?
Char Stew Roasted Pork might be sound familiar for those Chinese food lovers. Not to mention, . It is roasted pork served with Hainan rice. I love it but the portion comes out a little bit small, both for the pork (tiny slice) and rice 🙁
For the mixed rice, you could choose what you wanna have between vegetable and meat (chicken, fish, beef). You could choose only vegetable or combine it with one kind of meat or even two. Price is depend on combination that you choose.
4 Fingers Crispy Chicken Ion Mall
2 Orchard Turn #B4-06, 6509 8641
Operating hours: 10.00 – 22.00
This Korean style of chicken basically only offer 3 flavors of chicken wings but it become every body’s favourite, they are; soy garlic, hot, and mixed. The seat always full every time I pass cross this restaurant and it attracted me a lot to try some. I never regret my decision to sit and mess my hand with since the chicken is very delicious! This chicken stall is quite well known as well in Indonesia where you could find it in Jakarta and Medan.
Let’s Eat Ion Mall Orchard
2 Orchard Turn, #B4-67/68,
Operating hours: 10.00 – 22.00
This restaurant-food court is located several blocks from 4 fingers crispy chicken and also very crowded all the time, so better watch your eyes or be ready to stand waiting for empty seat. This restaurant offers 3 stall that sells different foods; penang fried kway teow, hainanese curry rice, and teochew noodle. You’ll just need to choose one of the stall and then choose varieties of menu that you wanna have. Some of menu will make you wait to be cook, but others will directly serve to you in the place.
30 Woodlands Avenue 2
#01-30 Woodlands MRT, Singapore 738343
Sushi lovers, be ready for hunting fresh and cheap sushi. This sushi shop is located in Woodlands MRT and as I told you, you have to hunt because there are lots of customer queuing, waiting, and starving for their fresh sushi. I mean, they are really standing there waiting for the sushi. It only take a minutes for their fresh sushi all grabbed by customer. I chose their Salmon nigiri since it’s all salmon and it’s super cheap. There is no way in Indonesia you could get pack of fresh Salmon nigiri for only $4.5 or IDR 45k.
2 Bayfront Avenue, B2-50 Canal level
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
Operating hours: Everyday, 24 hours
Those of you who have been to Singapore might be know that Marina Bay Sands is one of the prestigious mall in the city. The mall is huge enough where it could have a canal ride inside. Visiting this mall, I stopped by Rasapura Masters which is one of the food court that the mall have. Price of foods is pretty expensive but good news is this food court open for 24 hours a day! It is a bit crowded at the noon and you have to struggle a bit to get empty seat. Here, you could find many kind of foods as you pleased. I decided to try a stall named China Town Beef Noodle, located on the right corner of the food court. I order two of their best selling noodles; Four Treasures Beef Noodle Soup and Beef Brisket Noodle.
The most interesting part is, both of the soup for the noodles are come out from the same pot but it taste different! I didn’t really pay attention when the man prepare us the noodle and just realized when I tasted it. I don’t know how he do it, but really the soup taste totally different. Soup for Beef Brisket Noodle is richer and tastier compared to another one. Both price is slightly high but they are delicious anyway, so it’s fair enough.
My first impression about Singapore is lay on its food. Foods are unique because it is influenced by many country, especially China, Malaysia, and India. Main staple are rice and noodles where you could find plenty varieties of those two everywhere in the city. My food hunting in Singapore is not ended here. Stay tuned for next post all about Singaporean street food! 🙂