What We Ate in Singapore

It seems like we ate all the food in the world in Singapore.

  • All the Hawker Centres: Described elsewhere, this is where we ate the majority of our meals. Everything was cheap, with one full meal and one drink coming to $4-$5 together. The selection is broad, though it does skew to being ‘fast food lite,’ with more oil than I might like.
  • Open-Air Restaurants: The second most-frequent type of place we ate, these are restaurants with bench seating like a hawker centre. However, only one vendor sells food here, offering a few more dishes than a hawker stand might. At one, B ate chicken and rice, while I ordered a ‘salad,’ which turned out to be deep fried fish formed into a spring roll shape. At another open-air restaraunt, we both had thin noodles – mine with fish balls, and B’s with minced meat. We also saw some Chinese hot pot places that looked delicious near Bugis.
  • Indian Food on Veerasamy Road in Little India: I didn’t get the name of this place, but its food was authentic and pretty good. We had chicken with sauces, papadum (bread), and biryani (for B) and white rice (for me). The other customers all seemed to be men, but that may have been because we went on a Sunday. They were playing Indian music videos, and the owners were very welcoming.
  • Indian Food on Changi Village Road: Indian Food at Changi VillageWe stopped in here for breakfast and had some veggies, papadum, and rice. Inexpensive and pretty good. It’s right across the street from Changi Food Village.
  • Chinese Hot Pot on Changi Village Road: Omelet at Changi VillageWe met up with our friends here! They each had a type of glass noodle dish, while B got a fried carrot cake-style omelet, and I had kailan (a green vegetable similar to bok choy) in oyster sauce. Decent enough. Beer seemed ridiculously expensive until we saw how much it was even at stalls at Changi Food Village.
  • Cheese Prata ShopB liked his savory prata (crepe), but I would have preferred sweet crepes with filling that wasn’t sugared syrup. That said, the dough was good enough, and it was nice to be able to watch the chef prepare them in front of us. He even made some of the sweet crepes stand up like a teepee, which kids seemed to love.
  • Formosa DelightBeef Noodle SoupB had their black garlic chicken, and I had a giant bowl of beef noodle soup here that it took us several days to finish. Decent Chinese dishes, and not overpriced (especially over two days!), but not really to my taste.
  • Cafe Le CaireWe ate at an Egyptian restaurant in Kampong Glam. Prices were a bit high, but the ambiance was nice, and our waiter very kindly refilled my tea, though he probably shouldn’t have. I had the shish kabob, and B had crispy chicken. It was delicious.
  • Nox Dining: Described elsewhere, this was our Dining in the Dark experience. I thought it was worth it to try something so unusual, and the food was delicious. However, keep in mind that even in Singapore, this is not a cheap experience.
  • Long Beach Seafood RestaurantThis place serves deservedly-acclaimed crab. Their most famous is the chili crab, though the black group is also reputed to be good. To ease your mind: yes, everyone gets messy; there is no dainty way to actually enjoy this dish without becoming covered in it. They have napkins, wet naps, and hand washing stations, so you’ll be fine. This dish is huge, and there is no possible way to get all of the sauce, even if you heap it on the crab pieces and on several plated of mantou bread. However, it’s so good that we contemplated just using a giant spoon to eat the stuff. The crab was succulent too: it is served by the kilo. Service was excellent, despite our under-dressed status – since we didn’t realize how fancy this place was. My friend recommended it, and it is indeed an excellent place to go: so delicious! But keep in mind one thing: it is expensive. I mean fancy-seafood-meal-in-the-US expensive or once-a-year-splurge-expensive. That said, this kind of crab at hawker stands was fairly expensive too, so that may be the cost of supplies, so to speak. (The ice water is free, so don’t  worry about that.)
  • Russkiy DomeThis is the first place I stumbled on in Singapore, when I hungrily sought sustenance in the morning before B got up. I ended up bringing him back for lunch. We tried the chef’s infused vodkas: cardamom was my favorite, though B liked cocoa. HachapuriAnd we ate olivier salad (like a diced, mayo-rich potato salad), hachapuri (sweet bread with cheese and an egg inside), and churchkhela (like a fruit roll-up on a string) for dessert. The chef is incredibly nice and knowledgeable: he recommended places to visit and even took us on a private tour of the Wholesale Centre next door! Definitely not cheap, but very authentic, and worth it in my opinion.
  • Besame MuchoThis place is upstairs from the Russian restaurant, which was closed the second time we tried to visit. We were the only patrons here that evening, and we had excellent service. B ordered a fish fillet, while I ordered the spaghetti puttanesca; both were solid. Though the signs proclaims it to be a South American restaurant with tapas, there was no evidence of this; this is squarely American food: fake Italian, french fries, burger, etc. It advertised “Live Music”, but it was actually just recordings of live performances, some of which sounded like bad covers? At least they were popular 90s songs, so we enjoyed it anyway. Between the lack of South American food, the non-live music, and the overpriced menu, it was pretty disappointing.
  • HatchedHatched Sleepover DishWe came here for the free wi-fi, but both tried some of their all-day egg dishes. B had the sleepover hatched special, which was a banana, French toast, bacon, and egg sandwich. I had the FTP, or French toast with peach slices and walnuts (and some egg I left for B). They were good about us staying for a while and drinking tea while working, and there were a decent number of teens eating there after school, still in their uniforms. Not local food, but especially good for internet.
  • Ma La Hui Cui Guan Hot Pot & SteamboatWe ate here because we were in the neighborhood and ravenous. It was a hot pot-style indoor place, but we ordered pre-cooked dishes: the broccoli with garlic for me, and the thin glass noodles with seafood and veggies for B. Both tasted pretty good and were only moderately over-priced – though that may be the hawker-centre-goer in me talking. Don’t go out of your way to come here, but if you’re in the area, it’s a decent choice. Plus, there’s a bakery next door…

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