Singapore Food Festival

Hi tourists,

If you love Singapore food, touring Singapore in July will be particularly joyful for you as it is the month of the Singapore Food Festival, an annual month long festival celebrated at many different locations in Singapore

Singapore Chilli Crab

During the Singapore Food Festival, tourists should take the opportunity to sample food from the wide variety of local and international dishes on display.

Favourite local Singaporean food dishes include Chicken Rice (hailed as Singapore’s national dish), Laksa (thick rice vermicelli in rich and spicy coconut gravy), Popiah (Singapore’s version of a burrito), Kaya (coconut custard jam) Toast, Roti Prata (indian pancake), Chilli Crab and Rojak (chopped fruits and vegetables mixed in peanut sauce).

Things to look out for during Singapore Food Festival 2012:
– Culinary workshops
–  Themed food events
– Cooking competitions
– Food deals at restaurants and cafes

Travel Delight,
Your Singapore Guide

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10 Things to Eat for backpackers in Singapore

Hi backpackers,

Many of you are probably thinking about what food to eat in Singapore after watching on TV or reading about the strange things that Asians eat. Here is a list of 10 Things to Eat that all tourists must have the experience of eating, in order to have fully enjoyed the range of Singapore’s delicacies.

  1. Eat durian for dinner
    Backpacker eating a durian in Singapore

    Backpacker eating a durian in Singapore

    Singaporeans love durians so much that they built a giant glass durian in the middle of the city in honour of the King of Fruits – The Esplanade. People throughout South East Asia are huge fans of the durian. If you’re backpacking across Asia, there’s no way you’ll miss it. You have to eat the durian fruit. Durian cake, durian ice cream, durian cookies etc are not counted.

  2. Eat Roti Prata at Little India
    Roti Prata at Singapore's Little India

    Roti Prata at Singapore’s Little India

    Roti Prata is an Indian Pancake that is a must-try for tourists in Little India. It is traditionally eaten plain with curry or sugar, but the modernized versions have extra ingredients like cheese, onions or even chocolate. It is made of flour that is deep-fried such that it is chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

  3. Eat a rainbow kueh lapis, layer by colourful layer
    Eat a rainbow cake in Singapore, layer by colourful layer

    Eat a rainbow cake in Singapore, layer by colourful layer

    This rainbow cake is a traditional delicacy of the Nyonya people in Singapore. It is sticky and chewy. Each layer can be peeled off and eaten individually. Part of the joy that comes from eating a rainbow layer cake in Singapore is licking the stickiness off your fingers after.

  4. Queue up for Tau Huey at Rocher
    Join the famous Singapore Rocher beancurd queue

    Join the famous Singapore Rocher beancurd queue

    Soybean pudding, known to Singaporeans and other South East Asians as Tau Huey, is a favourite dessert eaten with fried dough sticks. Dip the dough sticks into the pudding’s sugar syrup for maximum pleasure.

  5. Drink Kopiat a coffee shop
    Singapore coffee - Kopi

    Singapore coffee – Kopi

    Traditional Singaporean coffee, Kopi, is sold at almost every hawker centre and coffee shop in Singapore. There are many varieties of Kopi, with varying amounts of milk and sugar.

  6. Drink Teh Tarik
    Teh Tarik man in Singapore

    Teh Tarik man in Singapore

    Singaporeans love Teh Tarik. It is milk tea made in a unique way by “pulling” it. The tea is repeatedly poured from one cup to another from a height, to optimize the temperature of the tea for enhanced flavour.

  7. Slurp laksa at Katong
    Famous Katong Laksa

    Famous Katong Laksa

    Laksa is a popular dish among Singaporeans. It is rice vermicelli noodles in a spicy coconut milk based soup, with a hard boiled egg, fish cake slices and prawns.

  8. Munch on a $1 ice-cream sandwich
    Singapore ice cream sandwich

    Singapore ice cream sandwich

    This $1 treat of an ice cream slab held inside a slice of colourfully swirled bread has been a Singapore local favourite for many decades. It is commonly sold at roadside stalls along the streets. Inflation has caused prices at some stalls to rise above $1, but the authentic ones are still $1.

  9. Chew on Bak Kua at Chinatown
    Pork jerky - Bak Kwa

    Pork jerky – Bak Kwa

    Pork jerky comes in squares that are roasted to perfection and then cut with a scissor into smaller pieces. The season when Singaporeans go crazy about it is during Chinese New Year, but it is available at Chinatown all year round.

  10. Eat the Singaporean version of carrot cake
    Carrot cake - Singapore version

    Carrot cake – Singapore version

    Order “carrot cake” anywhere in Singapore and South East Asia, and you are likely to be served this. “Carrot cake” here refers to a stir fried dish of radish (called white carrot by the locals), eggs, soy sauce and other seasonings. Order it “white” (less soy sauce) or “black” (more soy sauce).

These are experience foods for snacking For a hearty meal, read Top 10 Singaporean Food. Part 1 and Part 2.

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Singapore Food Spot: Makansutra Glutton’s Bay

Hey backpackers,

Did you know: some tourists make special trips to Singapore just to fulfil their cravings for Singaporean food.

Makansutra Glutton’s Bay is the best place where tourists in Singapore get to sample the widest variety of the top and best Singaporean food in one location. It is located very conveniently just outside Esplanade, so that people can stop by for an al-fresco dinner or supper after watching performances at the theatre.

Singapore Makansutra Glutton's Bay

Favourite classic Singaporean food dishes include satay, fried carrot cake, char kway teow, roti prata, mee goreng and nasi lemak. Best of all, at extremely affordable prices, these top dishes are budget friendly. Must try!

Operating hours
Mon-Thu: 5pm-2am
Fri-Sat: 5pm-3am
Sun: 4pm-1am

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Set Meal with Chatters @ Silver Spring

Hi tourists,

I was exploring the Kampong Glam area yesterday and I walked by Parkview Square. A turquoise shelter facing the quaint little garden caught my eye.

Quaint Cafe Chatters @ Silver Spring

I was curious and went nearer to take a look. I noticed that all the staff there save for one was above 55 years old and my curiosity was further enhanced.

I set down and the owner, Helen came by. I told her about what I noticed and it turned out that Chatters Cafe was started by her as a second career after her own retirement as a HR professional. She wanted to offer Chatters Cafe as a chance for a second career to people who wanted to work beyond retirement.

So every one who works there, save for the barista is above 55. They exude youth beyond their chronological age and have bounce in every step that they take, all befitting the vision of Silver Spring, Helen’s consultancy company that offers advice for a second career!

So come down and taste the aromas of a second spring!

Set Meal @ Chatters

Dine on the delicious fare specially whipped up by Chef Charles, 62 years young, with decades of experience under his belt, collected in the kitchens of reknown Swiss restaurants. Be served by Chef Charles’ teammates, members of a boisterous group of senior citizens running this social enterprise cafe. Enjoy a chat over a meal with your friends in the air-conditioned indoors, or enjoy a quiet night under the starry sky at the al-fresco area at the courtyard outside.

Travel Delight,
Your Singapore Guide

Great Seafood at Labrador Park Seafood Restaurant

Hi tourists,

Labrador Nature Reserve is such a fascinating place. It houses Singapore’s rich biodiversity and even Singapore’s war history.

At Labrador Nature reserve, I caught a scenic view of the sea. As a sauntered along the path built on the edge of the secondary forest, I caught glimpses of a variety of bird species, including the Oriental Magpie-robin, Black-naped Oriole and the friendly neighbourhood squirrel. The best things in life are free, don’t you think?

Here’s a FREE guide to Labrador Park with insider tips on what not to miss! Need to work those calories away my friends!

After taking a leisurely walk in the Park, I developed a craving for seafood! It’s the sea after all! And I noticed Labrador Park Seafood Restaurant!

Dine @ Labrador Seafood Restaurant today!

I chose Al Fresco dining because the weather was just sooooo good. I really love to feel the sea breeze and it really reminds me of home , Kusu Island. When the sun set, I could see the moon and stars. Really romantic and enjoyable.

There, I ate the delicious bamboo clam shell and mantis shrimp platter! Ooh Lala! Life is good to me!

Mantis Shrimp Platter @ Labrador Seafood $8.80 for $15.10!

Bamboo Clams @ Labrador Seafood Restaurant $8.80 for $13.90!

I ate their recommended dishes like Salted Egg Crab, Indonesian Curry Prawns, Grilled Squid,Deep Fried Seafood Tofu. It was all very delectable! All at 15% discount all thanks to the Kupon from my site.

Salted Egg Crab @ Labrador Seafood Restaurant

After the seafood gourment experience and the scenic view from my dining table, I played some table tennis and fools ball with my dinner partner. Who is she you ask??? I’m not telling you! You can book a private dining room if you have a hot date too! I love Labrador Seafood Restaurant.

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How to make Murukku for Deepavali

Hi tourists,
It’s almost that time of the month for Deepavali aka Diwali, the most important festival for Hindus all around the world!
To get ready for Deepavali, we need to prepare many Deepavali snacks for guests when they visit!
Here is a very nice Murukku recipe; ingredients can be easily found at Little India.

Murukku ingredients:

  • 3 cups rice flour
  • 1 cup fried gram dhal flour (pottu kadalai podi)
  • big pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds (optional)
  • required quantity of salt
  • required quantity of water
  • oil for deep fry

Murukku prreparation:

  1. Mix rice flour, fried gram dhal flour, sesame seeds, required quantity of salt and a big pinch of asafoetida. 
  2. Add a laddle full of hot oil to the flour mixture and mix well. 
  3. Add little quantity water and knead into smooth and soft dough. 
  4. Dough should not be too stiff or too loose. 
  5. Heat a kadai with enough oil to fry.
  6. Now take the murukku press and stuff in a lump of dough and press.
  7. You can choose to press the dough directly into the oil like in the video above, or shape it on a ladle before dropping it into the oil.
  8. Deep fry on both sides until they turn into golden yellow colour.
  9. Remove from flame and drain the excess of oil
  10. Cool and store in an air tight container.
  11. This will be fresh for weeks in an air tight container.  
  • Source: http://www.tastyindianfood.com/murukku.html
Have loads of yummy fun,
Kusu

Singapore Chinatown: Smith Street and Sago Street

Hi backpackers,

A really interesting and free place to visit in Singapore is Singapore’s Chinatown, because each street has a unique story behind it.

It is a really convenient place of interest, located right in the city area, just beside a MRT station. If you are staying in beary good hostel or 5FootwayInn, Chinatown is right at your doorstep.

In the past, people were less educated, so they used mostly either one of the two conventional ways to decide how to call their streets:

#1. After a famous person
#2. After a landmark

We were famished after a long morning of visiting the religious buildings around that area, so we headed to the food streets to grab a couple of quick bites. Chinatown’s streets are well known for their variety of Chinese street food, but did you know that they used to be famous for other reasons?

Smith Street

Smith Street is called such, because of the hugely popular govenor, Sir Cecil Clementi Smith. This building was a hugely successful theatre called Lai Chun Yuan.

Sago Street

Sago Street was called Sago Street after the numerous sago seed factories that used to be situated here. Be careful not to confuse Sago Street with Sago Lane. Sago Lane used to be informally known as the Street of Dead People, because people who were nearing death were left waiting for death in the upper floors of the shophouses along the lane.

Travel Delight,
Your Singapore Guide