Welcoming June. Time flies fast. Almost 6 months have passed since my first post in this blog to share my adventure in exploring culinary world. And those months have been awesome 🙂 Last month, I got a chance to visit Singapore and that was my first culinary trip ever. I’ve been thinking about doing it for a while and finally could make it real. Read more my first impression about Singapore and some of Singaporean foods temptation in my previous blog post.
Frankly to say, I don’t have much preparation on searching best place to go, best restaurant to visit, things to do, or must foods to eat. But, I’m doing my best going around here and there to capture interesting Singaporean foods for you. So, here are some places that I visited and found to have interesting Singaporean foods to try.
Albert Centre Market and Food Centre
270 Queen St, Singapore 180270
Albert Centre is located couple blocks away from Bugis Junction. From the Bugis MRT Station, you’ll just need to walk passing inside Bugis Junction and Albert Market is located right in the other side of the road. Going inside Albert market, you could find a food court selling various foods in the ground level. Price is definitely a hero for your pocket because it is so damn cheap! I’m not sure what time the market has open, but it seems that the stalls already selling their food since early morning, providing breakfast to people.
I picked up three stalls and tried out bakcang rice dumplings, peanut porridge, black glutinous, and black sauce noodle. My recommendation for you to try is bakcang rice dumplings from Fatt Kee. It is quite delicious and cheap. You could also choose between sweet or savory rice dumplings in the stall.
Black sauce noodle from Ah Seng also worth to try. The black sauce is actually not that tasty but I like their yellow noodle. It’s thin and not floury. The noodle is completed with ground pork, fish balls, sprout, and soup with vegetables.
If you wanna have healthy dessert to close your meal, black glutinous in Zheng Xi Mei Shi’s stall is a good choice or you could pick other dessert menu in the stall such as green bean and bubur terigu. Wanna try something more Chinese? Then, Tau Suan (split mung bean sweet soup) may can be an alternative. Do not worry if they didn’t understand what you’re talking about because mostly the seller understand English pretty good. Even, an uncle from Ah Seng can speak English fluently.
26 Bendemeer Rd, Singapore 330026
Bendemeer mall is not actually ‘a mall’ like any other mall in the town. It is more likely traditional shopping center consist of modernized shops. Mostly this mall consist of small to medium shopping chain selling foods, fruits, cakes, breads, even vegetables. Besides, you could also find bank, salon, beauty center, and dentist. There is no air conditioner inside but the ceiling is high enough to make the mall cool. You could reach this mall by walking from Bonkeeng MRT Station. It’s only 3-5 minutes away. The most interesting part of this mall is it has several of typical ‘small food court’ where you could find many choices of foods from Singaporean to Indian, from noodles to dumplings, even from meats to vegetarians.
Going around the food court, I finally decided to stop by a stall named Ju Hao. This stall attracted me with their activities in making dumplings. Their hands worked so fast in rolling the dumpling’s skin and spooning in the filling. Within minutes, dumplings were filling up all of the steamed wooden and ready to be cooked.
Instead of dumplings, I decided to try Ju Hao’s stewed pork rib noodle. I really like the tenderness of their pork rib and the richness of its soup. Somehow, the taste reminds me of Bak Kut Teh. The noodle come out a bit over cooked and floury, tough.
Just right behind Ju Hao, there also a stall that offered many kinds of cooked dishes. You’ll need to choose what you wanna have and they will pick it for you. The price is depend on how many side dishes that you choose. I picked rice accompanied with two kinds of vegetable and beef for $3.75.
Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
531A Upper Cross Street
Chinatown has plenty of good foods to eat but you should not miss this food court because it has the best Bak Kut Teh that I’ve ever had in Singapore. Hong Lim Market and Food Centre is the first proper food center built in Chinatown. You could simply reach this market by walk from Chinatown MRT station.
Most popular foods in this food court such as Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee and Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa. Those foods look delicious but that time I gave shoot to Bak Kut Teh at Hokkien Bak Kut Teh & Turtle Soup. Never regret I did because the Bak Kut Teh was so refreshing and delicious. The soup is black instead of clear with strong Chinese herbs and spices taste.
Woodland MRT Station
Woodlands Ave, Singapore 738343
It is prohibited to eat in MRT station. Well, but here at the Woodland MRT you could buy hawker foods and eat inside the small stalls. I’ve been so hungry going around the city and finally could smile a bit when sawing bunch of foods in this MRT station. Some stalls that I recommend for you are Sushi Takeout and Shan Dong Da Bao.
Sushi Takeout is the cheapest fresh sushi that I found in the town. The stall is not that big but it has so many people queuing inside the store . It needed only second for their fresh sushi taken out by the people. Read more my review about Sushi Takeout in my previous post.
Shan Dong Da Bao is located right in front of Sushi Takeout. This stall sell tempting snacks in very cheap price start from $1 – $2 only. Bakpao, various pancakes (potato pancakes, spring onion pancake, kelp pancake), vegetable roll, and meat biscuit are some of the choices. Which snacks will you choose?
Little India Arcade
48 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 217959
Moving to Little India, plenty of shop houses, traditional market, and supermarket are built side by side in every corner. Take a little walk around the places and experience the crowded of pedestrian on the side walk might be good idea to do. Once you do it, don’t forget to stop for a while at Little India Arcade located in 48 Serangoon Road. This traditional mall is one of the most popular tourist destination at the area. It consists of many conserved shop houses build since 1913.
Must shop to visit for its food is Moghul Sweet Shop located at the corner of Little India Arcade, specifically at #01-16. Indian culture is identical with sweets and Moghul Sweet Shop has provided it all in years. This shop was crowded when I visited it and it seemed always be like that. Bunch of people seen to lined up queuing outside the shop, waiting for their turn to pick the sweets.
I never taste Indian sweets before and asked recommendation from the shopkeeper before deciding Pakeeza and Cham Cham to buy, each for $1.5. Pakeeza has a unique taste and wet texture. Best way to eat Pakezza is like eating sushi, eating all in one bite from top to bottom. If you eat it half way, you cannot taste it well because it has several different layer. Cham Cham is firm at the outside and stuffed with cream inside. It is delicious though.
Other sweet shop in the mall that you might not miss is Ganesan Villas. Actually, the shopkeepers were not that friendly. I brought other two sweets in this shop, Soan Papdi and Pista Barfi. Their Pista Barfi is quite delicious with sweet and nutty flavor. It made from condense milk, sugar, and ground pistachio.
If you are just like me. You don’t have any list of what to eat foods, must place or best restaurant to visit. Then, it’s your time to discovering your own food instincts! You could start it by following those places that I’ve mentioned above!
Maybe, you could find any other good foods in those place? Or you even find other best places to discover more Singaporean foods?
Let me know! I wanna hear 🙂