Introduction to our Singapore Food Tour
Singapore MRT: Changi Airport Station to Serangoon Station (Close to Little India)
Hostel: The Hive – $25 US Dollars, Private Room and Communal Shower
Stace and I made our way from the Changi Airport to our hostel using the MRT, Singapore’s public subway system, which very easy to use and arrives at frequent intervals. We stayed at “The Hive” which is known as a spot frequently used by Backpackers. The staff was very friendly and helpful in pointing out places to visit in Singapore and delicious foods that we needed to try. We had an air conditioned room, communal showers, restroom, and kitchen, and best of all, free internet 😉
Food: Cheese Naan and Chicken Massala
After settling in we took a 15 minute stroll down Serangoon road to Little India to satisfy our appetites. It was difficult to pick from all the various restaurants but we finally settled on one that primarily caught my eye because of the fact they had Cheese Naan. I’m a big fan of Indian Naan and they served it up well, especially because it had loads of cheese. Along with the Naan we had rice, savory Chicken Massala, and Mango Juice to wash it all down. Following our lunch we walked deeper into Little India to view the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, one of the oldest Indian temples in Singapore. We then made our way back to our hostel, stopping along the way to visit a smaller temple, a Mosque, and grabbing some delicious and freshly squeezed sugar cane juice.
Golden Mile Food Center
Food: Sup Tulang, Chocolate Tart, Sugar Cane Juice, Mie Goreng
At the hostel I decided to crash out for an hour before we continued our Singapore food tour. The nap re-energized my batteries and we decided to walk to our first dinner destination. Everything in the Singapore Metropolitan area is within a good walking distance and so it made it nice to get some exercise in between the various eateries. After a 30 minute walk, we finally reached the Golden Mile Food Center, an amazing food plaza with stalls of restaurants that serve up a variety of foods ranging from Indian, Malaysian, Chinese, and Fusion meals. We made a plan to order one dish from each vendor so that we could sample more of a variety of the foods that were offered. The first we tried was Sup Tulang, a dish from India consisting of bone marrow soaked in a curry-like soup that you ate with your bread. Afterwards, we sampled a view pastries here and there before taking a stroll to another part of town. We passed through Bassorah Street, a beautiful strip headed in the direction of a Mosque that is lined with quaint little cafes and shops – it deserves a post of its own since it was probably my favorite scenes of Singapore.
Lai Chun Yuen Opera House and Culture Center
Food: Hainanese Chicken Rice, Toast and Kava Dip, Calamansi with Dried Plum Drink
After passing by other beautiful buildings and parks, we landed in a outdoor food court right next to the river and beside the Lai Chun Yuen Opera House. There we tried a variety of dishes/desserts and it was where we finally sampled Hainanese Chicken Rice, commonly known as Singapore’s national dish. The meal looks rather plain but the chicken is very tender and is delicious with the accompanying spices, vegetable, and rice. We continued our walk along the river where we had an excellent view of the skyscrapers of Singapore and slowly made our way back before eventually catching the MRT home to rest from the evening. To sum up the first day of Singapore: its a beautiful city with a diverse mix of Asian cultures and probably some of the best food I’ve had from everywhere I’ve traveled. Everything in and around the city is withing a reasonable walking distance. The day of our departure consisted of more feasting before we finally headed out to Bali.
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