Friday, August 27, 2010

Trip to Singapore: Top 10 Singaporean Food You Must Try




The first time I was in Singapore, I was in awe of all the high end shops I saw in Orchard Road--LV here, Chanel there, Prada, Burberry--It's all there!  I was in total awe but it still didn't take the fact that I can't afford any of them.  Poor me!  Anyhow, I managed to admire them and have my pictures taken, they are quite a sight.  But this time--my second time here, I am all about the FOOD! and Universal Studios of course=) I am giving you a run down of the top 10 dishes in Singapore that I think you should try when you are there...oh boy i miss those foodie!

1.  Kaya Toast, Eggs and Coffee - Perfect Combination!



A Happy Breakfast to start my day right!  Kaya Toast, fresh eggs and Singaporean Coffee.  Delicious-o!




Kaya Toast is a popular snack in Singapore and even in Malaysia.  Kaya is actually a local favorite spread eaten on toast.  Kaya is made of eggs, sugar and coconut milk and flavored with pandan.  To make a Kaya Toast, kaya and the butter maragrine are spread in two pieces of preferably toasted bread or any slice of bread.  Singaporeans like to consume Kaya Toast with fresh eggs and coffee.  Tried it and I loved it!  I actually wanted to have one last Kaya Toast Snack before we leave Singapore, unfortunately, we were needed in the plane. So...till next time, kaya!

2.     Laksa

After we landed in Singapore, we had our first meal at the local foodcourt of Sengkang.  We were famished!  I am not a spicy food lover.  My friend, David warned me that most Singaporean dishes are really spicy.  And so I thought I might not gonna love the food after all.  He recommended that we try Laksa.  He said it is spicy and delicious.  Since I was scared, I let my other friend order it and decided that I'll just taste it later while I went ahead and ordered a meat noodle dish that was forgettable(i have an excuse why I forgot the name!)

Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup from the Peranakan culture, which is a merger of Chinese and Malay. It has also been suggested that "laksa" may derive from the Chinese word "la sha", meaning "spicy sand" due to the ground dried prawns which gives a sandy or gritty texture to the sauce.

Me with dear friends Lorenz and Jim at the Sengkang Foodcourt. 


This is the Laksa!  This is a real winner.  Kind of like Thai's Tom Yam.  Creamy, spicy and Yummy!
 Thick rice noodles bathed in spicy gravy, fragrant with herbs and coconut milk.







3.   Bah Kuh Teh

I don't know why but when I was in Singapore, I keep ordering the not so Yummy food while my friends always get the yummier ones.  So I always end up feeding on whats not mine.  And since my friends are all so dear, they don't mind me preying on their food.  I guess they are more civil than the lions in the wild. Peace=)
Anyway, I ordered the roasted chicken.  It sounds and looks delicious and I guess it suppose to be should but unfortunately, the version inside Discovery resto in Universal Studios did not excite me even the least bit.  It simply bored me till I lost my appetite.  On the bright side,  the Bah Kuh Teh that the guys had was fantastic!  I love the soup and the meat was oh so soft!  So, I still ended up full, happy an ready to ride more rides!  
Bah Kuh Teh literraly means "meat bone tea" and, at its simplest, consists of meaty pork ribs simmered in a complex broth of herbs and spices(including star anise, cinnamon, cloves, dang gui, fennel seeds and garlic for hours.  I think that explains why it is so soft that the meat effortlessly falls off from its bones.  An important requirement to me.  I love meat that melts!





Bah Kuh Teh we ordered from Discovery Foodcourt in Universal Studio Singapore
My picture does not look so convincing (sorry people) but I tell you, you gotta try this dish! And oh, it is taken with rice=).  Meaty pork ribs stewed with Chinese spices and garlic in a delicious broth. Eat it with fresh red cut chillies in dark soya sauce. 
       


4.  Chili Crab
  
    I have been hearing about the famous Chili Crab of Singapore for a while so I made my friend promise that he has to let us try that famous dish before we leave.  He brought us to this place named Lao Pa Sat in Singapore.


Lau Pa Sat (or “old market” in the Hokkien dialect) was Singapore's first wet market that dates back over 150 years ago to the time of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore.
It was subsequently converted into a famous gourmet paradise and has been gazetted as a national monument since 1973.


The place was packed with people both locals and foreigners.  We dined under the stars, and though it was a bit humid that night, I was just pretty excited about the food and the ambiance was actually a bit cowboy-ish and fun! You can smell good food and endless sound of laughter and good conversation just surrounds you.



Dining Al Fresco in the streets here in Lau Pa Sat.  I think this is what the locals call the Hawker Center.















This is where I'll find my Chili Crab and a whole lot more.  After a long wait, a parade of yummy food arrived...

The Chili Crab

Fresh crab cooked in spicy sauce loaded with chillies, soya bean paste, garlic and tomato or fried with black pepper and garlic, lots of it.






A Satisfied ghetto with her famous Chili Crab



5.  Black Pepper Crayfish

     I keep on looking for a fish on our table.
     "Where is the Black Pepper Crayfish that we ordered?!"

It turned out, this is a Crayfish...


Lesson learned...don't take some words so literal.

So this is my Black Pepper Crayfish...


While I was eating,  I wondered what kind of fish would have a hard shell but it tasted great! It tasted like lobster.  It was spicy and sweet.  Satisfying! Well it was really a lobster! According to wikipedia, Crayfish arfreshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters, to which they are related.   


6.  Cereal Prawns

Among the recomended dishes that I have read from the net,  the cereal prawn is the one recommended to me by my filipino friends.  This dish is their favorite.  So I gave it a try.  After all, I just wanna taste and taste Singaporean Food.  And lo and behold, I was impressed.  The cereal prawn was such a lip smacking dish!  This dish is awakening the cook in me(if there really is), well i just want my hubby and louie to taste it so I guess one of these days, I will be making this cereal prawn for them and I am gonna tell you how it goes=)

The dish that I will soon cook and share to the world!


7.  Satay

If we Filipinos are fond of the famous grilled barbeque and isaw, Singapore is known for Satay or Sate.

Satay or sate is a dish of marinated, skewered and grilled meats, served with a sauce.Satay may consists of diced or sliced chickengoatmuttonbeef,porkfishtofu, or other meats; the more authentic version uses skewers from the midrib of the coconut leaf, although bamboo skewers are often used. These are grilled or barbecued over a wood or charcoal fire, then served with various spicy seasonings.

So of course, if its known and famous in Singapore, this ghetto has gotta try it.  It tasted good! Boy, I didn't know that this is a pig out trip!

Skewers of cumin and coriander spiced meat with a sweet-and-spicy peanut dip.





8.  Prawn Rolls

Our next stop for food tripping is Singapore's China Town...the moment we alighted the train, I will know we are in China Town even if I close my eyes.  It smells chinese! I can smell incense.  I smell chinese food.  My nose brought me to an oriental chinese food haven!

                                 My friend Monica and I trying to blend naturally in Chinatown.




Well, among the plenty plenty dishes that I tried, I think the prawn rolls from China Town is my favorite.  It is just straight to the point delicious.  No pretense at all.  I love it!

Yummy Prawn Rolls! My fave!



9. Fried Tofu with Mixed Vegetables

Go Tofu galore!

Wow, tofu never tasted this good! The tofu is crispy on the outside and uber soft inside, melts in your mouth.  And to make it more exciting, this dish has a wonderful mix of vegetables and seafood--shrimps and squid.  But I think the great secret is on the freshness of the tofu and the sauce.

10. Dried Chili Frog Leg Porridge


    Frog Prince is a Food

                      
Porridge for Frog Prince and not for Goldilocks.



 This is my most adventurous meal ever!  I can't believe that I actually tried something exotic because I am not an exotic eater and I don't intend to be one.  But you know, peer pressure(<--- it's not good for my health).  Because of peer pressure, I was forced to pay for a movie that I did not want to watch--remember, The Ring? and I was forced to eat something that I never wanted to eat--a Frog!
     Well, I hate to admit it.  If they didn't tell that it was a frog, I might have eaten the whole thing! But then I know it was a frog and I keep on thinking how gross frogs are!  It was yummy, frog meat is tastier than fish.  It consistency is a bit like or a little harder than fish or crabs (maybe because of the msucles) and softer than chicken.   I am recommending it because it actually tasted good, with a touch of adventure! Go and eat frog in Singapore!

Look at my terrible pack trying to devour poor frog prince!
                                                                                                              Tears of joy after eating frog prince.
 Evil witch eating frog prince.
  












                                   You are suppose to kiss the frog, not eat him!

        Mommy, I want to eat frogs!






The eating lovely monsters in China Town



Among the dishes I devoured in Singapore, these 10 stood out and got tattoed on my stomach's wall of fame.  That's why this ghetto is recommending that you try them out, but I am telling you.there are still so much more that are worth trying.  The popular ones being hainanese chicken rice and the roasted pork.  Other than your stomach, I think you just have to prepare your pocket when you are in Singapore because unlike here in the Philippines, dining and almost everything there is just plainly more expensive than here.

Whew, this is hardwork but its all worth my while and not to mention, so much fun.  Just as long as I know I have shared something with all you pretties in this recent pig out adventure that I have in the glamorous kitchen of Singapore=)

Thats it for now LAH!

Xoxo,

Ghetto S

2 comments:

  1. Ghetto S, I am excited to give Singapore dishes a try when we get the chance to visit there!

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  2. Hi Nikki! Oo im super sure you will like the foodie there. they like hot and spicy and so do you=)

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