15 February 2011

Foods in Singapore

I am not a healthy person nor strong enough nor having a really good shape of body, but I rarely get sick. In 2009, I took only half day sick leave from work. In 2010, only 1 day. So, last month when I had sore throat, cough and fever more than 3 days, I got panic and asked the doctor to do x-rays immediately. The doctor laughed and said I was too exaggerating: "no need lah". He gave me stronger medicines, then fortunately the fever's gone, but the cough was still there until about 2 weeks later. Most of my favorite foods in Singapore were not edible (because of oily, etc). I did not have appetite. I was really homesick. I had never felt like that before because I always went home every month. Maybe I should start to learn my mother's cooking. Not some recipes from the internet, but really my mom's recipes.

Talking about foods, I would like to share my favorite foods here in Singapore, which are not too many because I am not a foodaholic. I am the kind of person who eats for living, not lives for eating. I eat something just so I can live, work and do other things without starving. I do not care too much about the taste, art of making, contained ingredients, etc, as long as I'm full. But this view of mine was changed after I watched 1 Night 2 Days, a Korean TV show (with our lovely Lee Seung Gi in it). They play games and fight for foods, so they value foods so much. They are familiar with many local delicacies and seasonings. Start from now, I will try to praise the foods I eat. But for now, let me share my favorite foods in Singapore so far. This is really subjective.

Chili Crab


Chili Crab is a unique local food of Singapore. There are other taste of crabs, such as Black Pepper Crab, but the most famous one is chili. Even Lady Gaga sang for it when she performed a concert here. Singapore foods are never spicy, so is this Chili Crab, even though it's named chili. The sauce actually tastes sweet in my tongue. Usually people also eat fried bun by dipping it into chili crab sauce. I am not a master of Chili Crab, so I do not know which restaurant is the best for this dish. I usually go to Makan Sutra in Esplanade Marina Bay to eat this food, because the location is easy to reach, and very happening at night. Together with Chili Crab, I often order Cereal Prawn and Kangkung Belacan which are also Singaporean dishes.

Ayam Penyet Ria


No matter where you go, nothing beats your hometown's foods. Like I said before, it's hard to find spicy foods here, so Ayam Penyet Ria is a blessing. Even my Thai friend, who's craving for spicy foods, keeps going back to this restaurants. Actually the real Ayam Penyet comes with smashed chicken mixed together with chili sauce, sometimes we even cannot recognize the chicken's shape anymore. So, this one is actually just normal fried chicken with an incredible chili sauce.

Since many Indonesians living in Singapore, there are many Indonesian foods available. Other favorites of mine are Iga Bakar (Roasted Rib) in Bumbu Desa, Bakmie Pangsit (tasty noodles with MSG) in IMM Jurong East, Sop Buntut (Oxtail Soup) in Pondok Jawa Timur, and Nasi Tumpeng in Java Kitchen (Food Republic Vivo City). I also often visit Resto Surabaya, Ayam Penyet Presiden and Ayam Bakar Ojolali restaurants in Lucky Plaza Orchard, but only because my friends like to go and hang out there, nothing special dish for me.

Hokkien Prawn Mee


This is another not bad Singaporean dish. I usually eat this in Banquet Vivo City, Food Republic Wisma Atria and Pioneer hawker center near my flat.

Others:
- Butter Kaya Toast and hot milk tea, Ya Kun Kaya Toast
- Spring O, Old Chang Kee (fried snacks or gorengan in Indonesia are much better)
- Laksa, Toast Box
- Chicken sausage with black pepper sauce, Eighteen Chefs
- Garuda Padang, Seoul Garden, Thai Express, Mind Cafe, Just Acia

This is the list of my favorite foods and restaurants that I can remember for now. Looking at this list, hemmm, apparently there are many things to eat here. But when you're sick, your Mom's cooking is still the best.

5 comments:

  1. I love chili sauce and crab--I like chicken, but only if I recognize what part of the chicken it is. Some restaurants here substitute other animals and just say that it is chicken.

    I'm glad you're feeling better. It's terrible to feel bad for so long. Take care!

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  2. Good post! Where do you stay? We should totally meet up and you can show me your favourite indo spots :D

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  3. @Rick Thanks Rick! I wouldn't feel so alive if I did not get any sick :D
    @Nashe Let's meet up!! I need culinary tour from a local :D

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  4. Should go try tian tian lai hokkien mee at toa pahyoh lor 2!

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