We all can agree that food takes a huge part when traveling. Good food, good mood, period. Continuing this travel culinary journal series, last time I have shared about our Vietnam food diary which was pho-nomenal. And now, this is our Singapore Culinary Journal. We bid goodbye to our diet and as Singaporean say, just eat lah!
I say this journal will rather be a short one because we only went for 3 days trip. Also, we didn’t necessarily have much time to explore around because we’re spending most our time in Universal Studio Singapore for the Halloween Horror Nights and the Garden by The Bay. But nonetheless, I really enjoy eating our way around Singapore and this is all we manage to fit in.
(Not your typical) Breakfast
Okay, I do realize that this is not the most authentic (nor the healthiest) food to start our day. But since our flight was really early and it was a low-cost flight which didn’t include any meal, so fast food breakfast seems appropriate. And I have said it before, McDonald’s breakfast menu is the bomb!
I personally really like the hotcakes or pancakes. It was soo fluffy and taste chemically good! We went for the breakfast package which includes the muffin and scrambles egg. We also ordered the hash brown and the wrap or what they called “sunrise roll”.
It tasted good, like what you expected from a McD breakfast but it wasn’t the cheapest meal. It cost us SGD 17 for both of us which we could possibly have a cheaper breakfast if we went out the food court. But once in a while, it’s okay to eat badly. 🙈
An Okay Lunch
If you read our travel journal then you might know that this was the day we went to the Halloween Horror Nights (HHN). Waiting until the event start, we were killing time at the Vivo City and also have our lunch there. The food court or what they called it the Food Republic.
We went for rice with pork side dish. Him with some kind of soup and mine with vegetables. It definitely Chinese food even tho I am not sure what it was called. It was okay and it cost SGD 19 for both of us. Acceptable price and taste for the typical food court inside a shopping mall.
The star was not the lunch but it was the view of the haze. The haze wasn’t playing around that day! The mall has this outdoor area where the kids can play around which I assume will be fun on a sunny day but not that day. Not that day, folks.
Halloween Horror Night was exhausting. The tension (of getting squished by the hormonal teenagers) plus all the waiting in line was enough to make us starve. Since it was Halloween, of course, we gonna get the Halloween-themed food. So, I am getting the weirdest option I can find on their menu and it was the blood moon burger or something along that line.
The burger was your usual burger, nothing too special. Just the bright red color that draws our attention. It looks rather eye-catching than scary. We also get the fried rice and chicken set menu, not seasonal menu hence why it looks basic.
I have seen this giant roasted turkey leg all over Instagram before we went here. People was posting pictures holding this and I thought it was fake until I saw this on the menu and I just have to get it! For me it tasted good, I really like smokey-ness taste on it. It tasted like giant smoked chicken with slightly tougher texture. But Leonard found it horrifying. 💀
Ladies, you might look like a barbaric eating this so this might not be the perfect date dinner. Remember the Flintstone, yeah it felt like that. 🍗 But I really enjoyed it tho. I would have another one if not for; one, the size. It’s huge! It could be a meal in itself. The second is the price, it was a price of a meal.
These whole meals cost us SGD 29 for two of us. This already less SGD 5 because we each have SGD 5 meal voucher per person that included in our entry tickets. It was expensive, yeah it was. But for the obvious reason, it was theme park food. Predictable.
Late Night Snack (I)
Before we went back to our hotel, The Rendezvous Hotel, unwilling to let the Halloween’s night end, we picked up a souvenir. It’s a souvenir and a snack at the same time. The Jello Shot! It’s a jelly inside the jumbo syringe. Relax, no needle involved. I am not a fan of the taste, it’s not really worth the SGD 6 to be honest. BUT, where else could I suck jelly from a giant syringe without being stared by people??
Real FOOD in Tiong Bahru
Since our first day was spent on eating junk food, this day we were determined to eat the real Singaporean food. The essence of Singaporean food was to be found in the food center. Not the one you found in the mall, but the real food court with real food stalls. The first place we were going is Tiong Bahru Market.
Tiong Bahru Market is a wet market with a food court on the top floor. We went there for brunch and the food court was still packed. They sell mostly Chinese Food here.
The fish balls were one of the best fish balls I have ever tried ever. Bakpao was amazing, it was filled with the sweet pork dish. I am not really a fan of Shui Kueh but it was good. The Hainan Chicken Rice was great! Leonard even said that it tasted just like his mom cooking, that tells you something right?
The whole meals cost us SGD15 for both of us and it was more than enough. We gonna have another post review for this place, so keep your eyes peeled for that. But what can I say for now is that we loved it. The whole experience was enjoyable and authentic is the keyword here.
Lau Pa Sat
This is one of the recommended places to eat when in Singapore. The famous Lau Pa Sat hawker center. It’s easy to reach there and even easier to located. It’s an unusual view, seeing this old-style building in the middle of all the tall sky-scrappers. Definitely look strikingly different.
When we first arrived the famous Satay stalls haven’t opened yet, so we only get couples of things. Wantan Mee, Singapore Laksa, Tom Yum, and herbal tea. Then at the end of the meals, the Satay stalls stall started to opened so we got one portion of Satay to try. The whole meals cost us SGD18 which is considered kinda cheap for that amount of food that we get.
We went there for early dinner, after strolling around inside the Garden by The Bay. It wasn’t too packed when we arrived but it getting more as the night goes. It supposed to be the busiest at night time when the Satay Stalls are open. But we will talk more about that in another review for this place and our thought about it. (coming soon!)
Late Night Snack (II)
Another thing we picked up before going back to the hotel. Since The Cathay shopping mall is just across the street from the Rendezvous Hotel, it’s easy to get fat, I mean to buy something. There is always room for dessert, am I right?
China Town meals
Since this was our last day, we went to China Town for Lunch. The People’s Park to be exact. It’s easy to reach here, just take the MRT and get out in the China Town station. I found eating here somewhat could be more intimidating for foreigners. Maybe the vibes, the Chinatown vibes. But try to eat here at least once, one of the places you could get the authentic Chinese food cooking.
We went for lunch here and it was really packed! After strolling around trying to find a table, we finally found one which was inside the main building. I don’t actually remember what the dishes called. One of them is definitely fried rice.
It’s the typical Chinese food cooking. The MSG, salt, and greasy goodness. Be careful if you are not used to this kind of cooking it might irritate your throat. But for SGD16.8 I said it still worth the price.
Last Meal at StarVista
The last place we went to is the StarVista at Buona Vista. It’s a shopping mall so there are lots of restaurants to choose from. We have the Taiwanese Mee Sua. It was the gloopy type of mee sua, that served with really thick vinegary sauce. It cost us SGD9.40.
Then before we head back to the airport, we get some snacks for on the way. It was this little mini bread at the Four Leaves bakery, still inside the shopping mall. We got a bunch of bread and it cost SGD6 which I think taste alright, nothing too special tho.
That’s almost everything we ate on our trip in Singapore. Yes, I know we are missing out quite a bit of the Singapore specialty food. When we are back, we are definitely trying the famous Chili Crab, Fish Head Curry, BBQ Sambal Sting Ray, Nasi Lemak, Roti Prata, and Curry Puff. Even writing that makes me salivating already. Oh yes, we will be back..
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