|Singapore Hawker Stalls
When we arrived we headed straight to the Mustafa shopping complex area in Verdun Road to look for an African hawker stall but to my dismay the stall has stopped doing business. We ended up eating at Astu Indian Muslim food, it was a great meal to start our food adventure.
|Astu Muslim Indian Food
|Dosa with Indian Dips
We also had the Nasi Goreng and Mee Goreng, an Indonesia term which means fried rice and fried noodles respectively. Both dishes have the same spicy garlicky and salty flavor.What I found unique about both dishes was the the Banana Ketchup on the side.
While walking along Clarke Quay we saw people hovering a stall. When we took a peek on what the fuss was about, we became one of the 'hoverers'. We also wanted ice cream, this is how street ice cream is served in Singapore. A huge block of Wall's (Selecta) ice cream sandwich between either a choice of bread or wafer.
|Ice Cream Stall
|Wafer Ice Cream Sandhich
After our visit to Universal Studios, we stopped by the Resorts World area to try the 'Michelin Star' Xiao Long Bao of Din Tai Fung at Baits Restaurant. There was a long queue and we had to wait for 20mins before we got a table.
|Din Tai Fung
|The Long Wait...
At the center of the resto, there was a kitchen dedicated in making the dimsum treats. The chefs looked like artists who were painstakingly creating little dimsum masterpieces.
|Making Xiao Long Bao
|Xiao Long Bao
While it's still hot, get a piece and place it on top of the Chinese soup spoon.
After of which, put in the black vinegar ginger sauce inside and as an option, you can add the ginger strips on top. Eat in one bite.
The Siomai looked really pretty with the shrimps on top but just like the Xiao Long Bao it wasn't really anything extraordinary.
|Pretty Looking Siomai
After dinner, we passed by the Candylicious store and saw that there was a buy one take one promo for Il Gelato di Bruno. We excitedly got two cups but was utterly disappointed when we tasted it. The fruit flavors tasted so sweet and unnatural, it was artificially flavored.
|Il Gelato di Bruno
After going to Singapore Botanic Garden, we headed our way to The Hilton Hotel for lunch at Asia's best restaurant for two consecutive years, Iggy's. We had a three hour lunch that all of us thoroughly enjoyed.
|Dinning at Iggy's
That night, we headed our way to Makansutra Glutton's Bay. Makansutra roughly translates to 'eating guide', created by Singapore's most famous blogger, foodie, tv personality and critic K.F. Seetoh. He basically invited his favorite hawker stalls to put up shop along Raffles Avenue. You can find every imaginable Singaporean dish at this place.
|Makansutra Glutton's Bay
We started our meal with the Roti John. It is basically an omelette sandwich. Scrambled eggs, minced meat of your choice and cheese in between two halves of flattened grilled baguette. Served with Hot Sauce.
|Black Carrot Cake
The Hokkien Fried Prawn Mee is a simple and nice delicious tasty seafood noodle dish. Lightly sauted prawn, squid, chicken and veggies with rice noodles. It looked simple yet is was nice and hearty.
|Hokkien Fried Prawn Mee
|Yang Chow Fried Rice
The Cereal Prawn was new and unique. I was initially shocked on how much breading I was looking at, the shrimps weren't even visible. I took a piece and put the whole unpeeled shrimp in my mouth, it was a delightfully crunchy spicy flavorful treat.
The next day, we were in search for an exotic Singaporean dish. One of the dishes that Bourdain and Bobby Chin ate together in Singapore, the bloody red Sup Tulang. We headed to Haji Kadir at the Golden Mile Food Center to try out the dish.
Sup Tulang is the bone marrow of mutton in a spicy tomato and chilies sauce. This was served with a plate of sliced bread that is used to mop up the sauce. I saw the disgusted faces of my bros when the dish was served in front of us. The bloody red color of the sauce didn't look appetizing, it looked kind of freaky.
|Sup Tulang with Bread
|Mutton Bone Marrow
We also ordered their version of the Mee Goreng. We liked Haji Kadir's version because they used the same base sauce as the Sup Tulang.
When I saw chicken satay being cooked at Satay Salim, I also ordered a batch . Skewered and grilled tender pieces of chicken marinated in turmeric, the exquisitely flavored meat was served with peanut sauce.
|Grilling Chicken Satay
|Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
When we were at Chinatown, we specifically looked for one of the popular dishes in the area, the Claypot Frog Porridge dish. It is said that Tong Shian serves one of the best, the huge hawker stall was so busy conjuring and serving pot after pot of the frog porridge.
|Tong Shian Claypot Frog Porridge
|Claypot Frog Porridge
|A Huge Chuck of Frog Meat
Beside Tong Shian, I noticed different pictures posted by Huat Huat BBQ Chicken Wing. There were pictures of asian celebrities eating their version of the BBQ chicken wing and a three bowl rating from Makansutra.
|Huat Huat BBQ Chicken Wing
|Mr. Chow Yun Fat Was Here!
|BBQ Chicken Wing
The cheapest place that we dined was at Ananas Cafe, meals such as Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice and Bee Hoon only costs SG$1.50 to SG$2. The meals that we ordered was surprisingly good enough for its price, the dishes came with a nice tangy Sambal sauce. You can also choose from the different fried foods to go with your meals.
|Bee Hoon with Fried Seafood Roll
The Newton Food Center is one of the popular dining places for locals and tourists. It is the biggest food center that we went to, the food center has rows after rows of hawker stalls and is open till 2am.
|Newton Food Center
When we sat down, someone approached us and told us that she was a volunteer. She gave suggestions on what to eat and we could order the dishes we like from her. She told us not to worry for she is not a scam artist and she even showed us her ID. We were a bit hesitant at first but eventually agreed to some of her suggestions.
|Newton Hawker Stalls
The Chili Crab has become one of my favorite crab dishes after eating this. A spicy, sweet, salty, zesty thick tomato and chili based rich sauce doused over stir fried crab. It was such a rich and savoury dish that kept us wanting for more. A must try in Singapore!
We usually have breakfast at Jim's place but on one occasion we headed to Holland Drive Food Center to try out a hawker stall I read about. K.F Seetoh was raving about Ru Ji Kitchen's dry noodles and fishball soup. When we arrived there were a lot of people in line waiting to be served.
|Ru Ji Kitchen
|Dry Noodles with Fishball Soup
If there is one dish that Singapore is most famous for, it has the be the Hainanese Chicken Rice or simply known as Chicken Rice.This dish is served practically everywhere and everyone has their own favorite place for it.
I had eaten my fair shares of Chicken Rice so I basically know what to expect of it. What made Tian Tian extraordinary was the gelatinous chicken fat and skin and the light soy based sauce of the steamed chicken.
|Tian Tian's Chicken
Don't be deceived, though it looks so plain, the Rice was so flavorful that you can even eat it own its own. After dining here, I understood why Tian Tian's Chicken Rice is favored by the majority. It's the best Chicken Rice I had so far.
|Tian Tian's Rice
Aside from the diversed and delicious food, there are also interesting drinks in Singapore that we tried. These drinks can be found in Hawker Food Centers.
1. The Teh Tarik - 'pulled tea'. A frothy bitter tea mixed with milk which is poured from one cup to another.
2. Sour Plum Juice - Brewed Sour Plums with Sugar with a little squeeze of Calamansi.
3. Barley Juice - Boiled Pearl Barley with Sugar.
4. Bandung - A pink drink which is made of milk and rose syrup.
6. Sugar Cane with Lemon Juice - Freshly squeezed Sugar Cane and Lemon mixed together.
7. Starfruit Shake - Sour Starfruit blended with crushed ice and sugar.
8. Kopi C - Strong Black Coffee with Condensed Milk.
9. Flavored Yakult - Apple, Orange and Grape
|Teh Tarik, Sour Plum, Barley, Bandung
|Sugarcane with Lemon, Milk Tea
The last and not the least, a cocktail named after the country itself, The Singapore Sling. What's more chic than having the cocktail at the highest al fresco bar in the world, Altitude Bar. Atop the bar, you'll get a 360 degree view of the city.
|The View Atop Altitude Bar