Everyday, I am spoiled by the vast variety of food readily available here. Let’s start with a quick meal from a local supermarket.
Yummy yummy, which one should I go for?
Soft boiled eggs, tea with evaporated milk and kaya & butter toast, $4.20 for such a set from Ya Kun Kaya Toast. I like the local edition of using evaporated milk in my cup of tea (instead of fresh whole milk back in Ireland), the tea turned out luscious and smooth.
Yong Tau Foo (stuffed tofu or veg with minced fish) with flat rice noodle in soup, within a range of $4 – $6 depending on how many pieces you desire, typically, you will have to order minimum 7 pieces (about $0.50 each).
Ayam Penyet (Indonesian flattened fried chicken), $6.50 for a dish including boiled rice. An Indonesian food chain in Singapore. I like the kicking hot sambal.
Ikan Bawang Penyet (fried Pomfret, served with fermented compressed soya bean bar and also fried tofu). The spicy, crunchy and fragrant coating is simply wonderful!
Curry Puff (the ones in the middle tray) from Old Chang Kee. Another popular deep fried snack in Malaysia and Singapore. The architecture is like a mini calzone, except the chicken curry filling is wrapped up in flaky pastry (not puff pastry type; it’s different from pizza dough and without yeast of course). Try it out when you can!
Nasi Lemak. Typically eaten over breakfast / brunch. Key point is the fragrant long grain rice cooked in coconut milk, served with sambal paste, fried anchovies, a fried egg, a piece of fried chicken and fresh cucumber slices. This set is from Changi Village food court, $3.
You Tiao. Simply defined as Chinese doughnuts, and this fried snack has quite an interesting background.
Of course, not everything is better or more here. Inflation is hitting this island hard especially on food (vs deflation in food prices in Ireland). I remember a bowl of dish a year ago cost only $3.50 from this favourite stall of mine, now is $4. I leave the % increase to your maths.
As much as I like eating out here, I still like to whip up a dish on my own, and I hope to start cooking properly soon. Home cooking is still better and cheaper, I think.
That’s all for now (to be continued)!
List of Eats/Restaurants
- Beard Papa (deli counters at supermarket’s basement, island wide)
- Take-away sushi section at Cold Storage supermarket inside Bugis Junction mall’s basement
- Food Republic (food court) at top floor of Vivocity shopping centre
- Old Chang Kee (fried food counters) available island wide
- Ayam Penyet (Lucky Plaza, Orchard Rd)
- Ya Kun Kaya Toast (island wide)
- Food Replubic (food court) at Bugis Junction shopping centre