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

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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Top 5 Most Important Local Customs and Traditions of Singaporeans

Hi tourists,

When travelling around Singapore, it is helpful to be aware of the local customs and practices unique to Singaporeans. Behave like a Singaporean and mingle around with the locals, and you will soon find yourself seeing many interesting things revealed to you that are not commonly seen by normal tourists.

Here are the Top 5 Most Important Local Customs and Traditions of Singaporeans that all tourists in Singapore should take special note of in order to have the best holiday possible in Singapore.

1. When Singaporeans greet each other, they ask “Have you eaten yet?”, instead of “How are you?”. Singaporeans really love their food, so talk to them about it and ask them for recommendations!

Singapore local food

2. Singaporeans place packets of tissue paper on tables and seats of food courts to indicate that the places are reserved for them.

Singapore food court tissue packet reservation

3. T-shirts, bermudas and flip flops form the most common outfit that Singaporeans wear every day. Dress like a Singaporean to fit in, especially when you expect to be walking under the merciless sun for hours – when you visit Universal Studios Singapore, the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park.

Singapore outfit

4. Singaporeans love food and therefore do not mind queuing for hours to buy delicious food. The stalls serving the best food always have the longest queue. if you are touring Singapore on a food trail, joining the longest queue in any food court or hawker centre will increase your probabilities of chancing upon good local food.

Long queue in Singapore food court

5. Although Singaporeans love durians, for the sake of tourists and the other non-locals who cannot stand the strong smell, durians are banned on public transport vehicles.

Singapore no durians sign

To order discounted tickets:
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All Singapore attraction tickets available.
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+ Sentosa Cable Car

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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.

To order discounted tickets:
kusu.sg@gmail.com or +65 8282 1312 

Free delivery to your hotel/hostel in Singapore.
All Singapore attraction tickets available.
Guaranteed best price in Singapore.

Package – $199.50 (U.P. $237.50, save $38):
Universal Studios Singapore
+ Singapore Flyer
+ Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium
+ Night Safari
+ Hippo Bus
+ DUCKtour
+ Singapore River Cruise
+ Sentosa Cable Car

Travel Delight,
Your Singapore Guide

Sakunthala’s awesome Fishhead Curry!

Hi tourists,

It is said that in the past, fish heads used to be thrown away when Indians cooked their curry. They only used the body. However, to the Chinese, the head of the fish is considered that part with the best meat! The cheeks have especially tender flesh.

A South Indian Migrant called Gomez  noticed that the Chinese loved to eat fish heads! Therefore, exploiting this good business opportunity, and preventing waste of food, Gomez started cooking fish heads in his Curry sauce in the 50s, in a humble stall in the Selegie area!

Needless to say, it was a huge success and thus a very popular icon of Singaporean cuisine now! It is now served in every major South Indian cuisine restaurant.

Sakunthala's Fish Head Curry for TWO

I was exploring Little India and I chanced upon at Sakuntala’s Food Palace where I discovered its awesome award-winning Fish Head Curry! As the food came, I could smell the titillating smell of the spices. Just enough to water the tastebuds, but not to overwhelming. I could feel my appetite increasing as I stared at the claypot of curry. The serving was much bigger than I expected, the fish head was probably just slightly smaller than my head!

The orange colours of the curry were really a sight to behold. Coupled with the smell of the exotic spices, I was all ready to dig in. My first taste of the curry was that it was spicy, but not too much that it numbed my tastebuds. A true gastronomic symphony as the tumeric and the curry powder, a long with the taste of the vegetables like tomato, brinjal, etc were in perfect harmony with each other.

I drizzled the curry on the basmati rice and a little mouthful of the tender fish meat. They went perfectly together! No wonder this dish is a Singapore icon! I really love Sakunthala as the rice was served with sides, a good supporting cast for the Fish Head Superstar!

Try it now at KusuLife.com.

Kupon includes:
– TWO glasses of lime juice
– TWO main courses
– One bowl of signature Fish Head Curry to share

Have loads of fun,

Kusu

Kraze Burgers at liang court, Clarke Quay

Hi tourists,

I was looking for some dinner before a night of partying at Clarke Quay the other day and my food hunt took me to Kraze Burger at Liang Court! It is a premium burger joint from Korea and I was sure it would give me the energy I needed for dancing the night away~!

Kraze Burger was established in 1998 located at Apgujeong-dong of South Korea, which was the first to introduce a restaurant that specialised in providing premium hamburgers. I believe its the first Korean hamburger place in Singapore too! I’ve eaten a lot of the usual Korean BBQ beef like bulgogi, etc, so this was a first for me!

There I had the Original Burger with my KusuLife Kupon, the signature burgersteak at Kraze. It was 31% off the original price of $32.96 with my Kupon! As I savoured a bit out of the juicy beef burgersteak, I could taste the red wine in the sauce. We all know that red wine goes best with red meat, and at Kraze Burger, the beef plus red wine combination was a match made in heaven. The meat was very succulent and done to perfection! Not too done, not too rare. Just nice.

Ooh, Juicy Signature @ Kraze Burger Liang Court, 31% savings!

The burger steak was also serviced with some rice, fried eggs and a stir-fried veggie side of green bell peppers, pineapple, mushroom and onion! It was really a well-balanced and healthy meal.

After my fulfilling meal, I was geared up for my partying!

What you waiting for?

Try it now.

Kupon includes

  • ONE serving homemade rice
  • ONE serving steak in freshly baked buns
  • ONE serving mixed veggies
  • TWO sunny side up eggs

Have loads of fun,

Kusu