Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Weekend Getaway @ Singapore - Glorious Food Hunt!

Spent the last weekend in Singapore, and was brought around for nice foods! One thing that is special about Singapore is is has very unique food court/hawker centre which sells nice and affordable foods and beverages, cater mostly to HDB folks. Different hawker centre has its own famous specialties, and sometimes there are a few nice eateries under same roof....just couldn't have the big stomach to try all...keep the craving for next visit =)
Changi Village Hawker Centre

Started off with sugar cane juice + lemon - SGD1.20

More refreshing with the zest of lemon....

Mizzy's Corner Nasi Lemak
SGD4 (with otak-otak)
Everyone in Singapore seems to claim that the best nasi lemak in town is in Changi Village, and Mizzy Corner is 1 of the best.
Contrary to M'sia nasi lemak, this one does not have peanut accompanied. Nevertheless, it has the standard condiments like ikan bilis, cucumber, egg and the most important - sambal.
I like the sambal here, sweet and savoury, but still lack the level of spiciness that i love...tak cukup pedas!
The fried chicken was well marinated and very crispy too...
Rice wise, very fragrant and flavourful ~~~

Fried Chai Tau Kway 菜头粿
From 1 of the stall in the hawker centre
Very different way of cooking method for this carrot cake. Basically only eggs and 菜圃 added, and they like to mix with black soya sauce. A pretty amazing dish if you ask me, at least the taste is slightly different with Malaysia style which has more ingredients like taugeh....and enough "wok-hei"!

Took a stroll along the Changi beach. Apparently this is the best place to view airplane since it is very near to Changi airport....a very good place to hang out, dating and wondering at the plane if you are moody...haha....
Toa Payoh Lor 1 Hawker Centre

Tian Tian Lai Fried Hokkien Mee
Featured in many newspapers, mags and tv shows.
I think this is Singaporean's most favourite dish.

It didn't look appealing, but it smelled tempting!
Noodles were well fried, with rightful amount of "wetness" that has got it's oomph!
Strips of prawns and squids only served as garnishing. Expect to get pork lards here too! Probably this is why it tasted so good ehh?
A satisfying plate of hokkien mee, accompanied by the sambal belacan to complete this gastro delight ~~~
Now i feel the Tyhe Cheong Prawn Hokkien Mee in Pavilion is just ordinary.....haha....

Mr Bean
Got this around Toa Payoh MRT Station
With many types of filling, i chose peanut filling...
Very fluffy, best eaten while hot...
The pancake version that i love....

Margaret Drive Food Centre @ Mcpherson

Huge crowd at Level 2 of this food centre, with majority of it waiting anxiously for Tai Liok Claypot Chicken Rice. We waited for more than half hour for this claypot rice as they only start to cook from scratch when order is received....

Similar to M'sia, this eatery does sell double boiled soup too.
We ordered Old Cucumber soup and Chicken feet with peanut soup.
While the old cucumber soup was perfectly refreshing, the chicken feet soup was a bit thicker as the peanut was already boiled until very soft....

Waited so long for this....
We were given the oil and dark soya sauce to put by ourself according to our liking.
Honestly, i didn't see any specialty in this claypot rice. Although generous amount of chinese sausages were included, i felt it tasted a bit plain.
Probably been used to M'sia version that is cooked together with dark soya sauce....
Telok Blangah Food Centre near Harbourfront

Hong Ji Mian Shi Jia
Good food need queuing

SGD 3 (smallest plate is SGD2.50)
This wanton mee is translucent and really thin. A bit similar to Hong Kong version wanton mee, although not exactly the same.
Sauce was a bit oily to my liking, but it was hell very appetising, especially with the accompanied chili.
Charsiew was juicy and succulent enough, and was told that it was home-made using charcoal oven.
Wanton was a let down. Full of wanton skin with little mince. Probably the owner does not want to focus on this wanton la....
Had a short walk at this nearby Telok Blangah Hill Park, a hidden gem in Singapore i would say...
Looks like a reserve forest to me....

It has a connecting bridge linking the small hill from Telok Blangah Hill Park to another hill in the opposite.
It's an alternative place to go hang out at night too...can expect nice view of Singapore harbourfront...

Vivo City Harbourfront
I miss Pacific Coffee ever since i tried it in Hong Kong.
The coffee taste just suit to my liking...
When are they venturing into KL someday???

Had an early dinner at Han's before i catched my flight back to KL.
Heard that it is a Hainanese concept restaurant so being a hainanese myself has decided to give it a try...
But we were so disappointed....

We ordered Hainanese Pork Chop and Chicken Chop set
Served together with drinks, soup and fruits at SGD10.90 per set
We strictly felt that it does not worth the cent!

Chicken chop was just ordinary, nothing special. Given the price, i would expect a good bargain in getting a value-for-money steak at Aston.

Hainanese Pork Chop
More like a sweet & sour pork chop to me
The gravy did not look like the version that we used to see here eg at Yik Kee Dang Wangi.
The Pork Chop was re-fried (which we seen by ourself), which made it a bit hard to bite....
Were totally not satisfied.
Given many outlets that it has opened in Singapore, i do not understand why it has still attracted many patrons. Probably different outlet different quality....
By the way, their pastries look tempting. May try it next time though....
Oh well, when is the next Singapore food hunt? Anticipating ^_^

1 comment:

  1. Nice write up of that country down south :-)

    I shall always remember Singapore for its SUGAR CANE WITH LEMON ... how singaporean is that!! :-)