I'm a 95 lb stick- 102 on a good day (after a buffet), but I love food like no other. I spend about 3 months of the year in Asia. When I'm not in Asia scouring the streets for good food, I'm checking out the best places to eat in L.A.. Do street vendors or C ratings from restaurants scare me? Course not-cause the best food is cheap, made and sold on the street, & cooked by someone who hasn't washed their hands in ages...Delicious!
Last we talked, I was feeling like crap after lunch #1 & lunch #2. I had never eaten that much in my life. I was rolling around in my hotel bed trying to not think about food for once. But now that a few hours had passed by, it was dinner time...
Kalang Food Court at the Old Airport.
Behold this monstrosity. Rojak, Malaysian goodness! It has fried you tiao (dough fritters), bean curds, boiled potatoes, prawn fritters, hard boiled eggs, bean sprouts, cuttlefish and cucumber mixed with a sweet thick, spicy peanut sauce. Come to momma! The line for this went on and on. Luckily, my sister & mom met a nice local Singaporean that let them cut! Aweome!
Welcome to Chuan Kee with the best satay you'll find! Juicy meat and made fresh right when you order it!
Look at that satay sauce! Yes, yes, yes!
Here was my mom's favorite-mutton soup aka Lamb. Many people don't like the taste of lamb like my sister but I love it!
Here's some fried kway teow.
This Lao fu zi stand did it right!
Here's one dish I don't discriminate against. Black chili stingray. I will eat stingray from anywhere in Malaysia or Singapore. I love the dish so much. I finished this all by myself while my mom and sister looked at me in disgust. Don't forget to sprinkle calamansi on it like you're supposed to!
Oh man... we walked passed this stand and knew we had to have it. They fried those babies on the spot! Can you say tempura banana but way better? If only they had kaya dipping sauce.... It was still delicious!
At this point, I was having trouble walking but that only meant it was time for more shaved ice. Look at them making it!
Yeah baby! I had shaved ice in Singapore about once to twice a day. Its flavor is not like anything else. You gotta come for Singapore for this baby!
At this point, I wanted to fall over. But someone we were sitting next to recommended that we absolutely had to stop by this one wanton stand. Being frequent Hong Kong visitors, my sister and I wanted to laugh at them when they told us we had to try the Singaporean style wonton. Pssh, we thought. Who does wanton better than the Cantonese? But good, god they were right. Amazing! It had no soup so it was dry but the cha siu, the sauce-everything was just right. I'm drooling about it right now.
Singapore Day Number 2! Food, food, food! I love Singapore. If you recall my post about Singapore about a year ago, you'll know that I loved the restaurant Blue Ginger. This time, we got a chance to bring my sister along with us so we definitely need to stop by.
Here was our shredded bamboo shoots and turnips garnished in pie tee cups. They were just as delicious as they were last time! Yum! Yum! Yum!
This is the is ong choy and sweet potato cooked in cocounut milk with shrimp and chili paste.
Calamari aka squid yumminess!
This was our tofu in spicy chili gravy.
And look at the ladyfingers! yum!
Here is the chendol we spilt-cocounut & jelly shaved ice goodness!
And this baby was mine all mine! This was soursop shaved ice! My sister thinks soursop tastes gross but she is seriously missing out. It looks like a cherimoya but tastes like a citrus heaven!
At this point, we were full off our butts, but we were so disappointed the day before when we went to to Maxwell Food Court and found that the infamous Tian Tian chicken rice was closed. We knew we had to go back no matter what! So given we were at Blue Ginger, a full 2 streets away, we decided to walk those streets and sit our asses back down and eat again! Hardcore I am. I refused to leave Singapore without a fight.
And Tian Tian was open! But like all good things... there was a wait.
I was so close! This guy had no idea how close I came to stabbing him for taking too long! I want my chicken!
As you can see, Anthony Bourdain gave Tian Tian a thumbs up too.
Ah... finally.... I was full as heck from Blue Ginger already but this was the moment I had been waiting for. Mr. Loi's Hainese Chicken.
Ah... the rice! Yes...
Chicken Insides is what it was called on the menu and my mom and I love the insides of pretty much anything.
This sauce seriously made the dish.
Oh my.. the chicken ended up being so good, we got a second order of it. Actually, I got a 2nd order of it. It was ridiculous. I had never been so full in my life. I just finished Blue Ginger, an order of chicken rice, chicken & chicken insides. I was hurting but I wanted more. I mean, I didn't know how long it would be until we would meet again.
This must be the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. I seriously could have died happy that day.
Thank you Mr. Loi. You were worth coming again the next day. I love you. You have done the Loi family proud. At this point, I went back to our hotel room and moaned and groaned about how full I was and how bad I felt. I eventually went to bed for a few hours before getting up for dinner. We literally did nothing this trip aside from eat. Dinner to come in my next post.
Last we met, I was revisiting my day of eating in Singapore. I ate so much in the one day that I had to divide the posts into 2. Here I am inside Takashimaya Mall on Orchard Road. Here's the thing... at this point, I was already exploding from all the previous desserts I had. I knew, that even though I had kaya (infused with egg, sugar, coconut & pandan flavors) toast already, I wanted more. I also knew that Ya Kun, a chain store in Singapore has decent Kaya toast. I say decent because I've had Ya Kun before & I know that it does not compare to the most amazing Kaya Toast I've ever had which was in Thailand.
But that's okay. Just ask the person to add double the chunk of butter they usually put in there & I'm good. I paid 30 cents extra for more of that killer butter!
Look at that closeup of the delicious bread. Yes!
I also didn't forget to grab my another one of my favorite drinks... iced chocolate. They take the equivalent of Ovaltine or whatever chocolate powder you're used to using & they just pour it over ice. Delicious & unhealthy like raw cookie dough. I love it. And check out the cute little carrying handles.
And that finally concludes my first half a day in Singapore. Whew... so much more to come. I then went home and slept on the hotel bed groaning in agony that I was too full & blamed it on eating too much. Then again I guess, it was my fault.
I seriously love Singapore. Why my sister ever wanted to leave her home country is a mystery to me.
I've thought long and hard about how I should blog my latest Singapore trip. There were so many meals I just didn't know what to do with them. Should I do a post of all desserts? of all my favorites? I ended up deciding that the best way would be to re-narrate my trip would be to tell it like it happened. Be prepared... I eat a lot. So much that this dinner post has to be separated into 2 different posts!
I was hungry as you can see & super excited to be at Makansuta Gluttons Bay. This was the only tourist spot my sister was willing to go to as the food vendors are known for being much more expensive than other food courts.
There's a little over 10 stalls in this mini food court & it's filled with what Singapore is most famous for.
Tourists who aren't in the know like my mom & sister can stare at the colorful pictures & signs written in both English & Chinese.
Yum, yum, yum.
My sister clearly had other plans. She made it a point that we had to eat all of Singapore's most famous eats but we had to eat only the best of the best. This was the only place she made an exception to that rule.
I sat watching our bags while my mom & sister went to order to some food. I got to stare at posters of this amazingness.
Oh yes, I would like some of that!
The stands all pretty much looked like this. Nice & clean in true Singaporean fashion. I didn't mind it but as we all know the direst & most ugliest places have the best food.
I started my meal with some freshly squeezed sugarcane juice mixed with Calamansi.
Our shrimp with spicy sauce was yummy.
This is my absolute must have in Singapore & Malaysia. I love stingray! The sauce on the fish is already spicy but you need to then dip it in the other spicy sauce. You better like spicy when in Singapore!
Ah, satay! Beef & chicken. The satay here was disappointing. It was dry but I made do since i was hungry. Plus, the sauce is still better than anything you can get in Hong Kong or L.A.. The little white cubes are actually rice!
Radish cake!! Singaporean radish cake beats out Chinese radish cake hardcore. You can choose from white sauce or black sauce. We love the black! More flavor & more spice!
By now, we thought it was time for dessert! This was seriously the best part of dinner! Fried banana fritters. It beats tempura a lot but the kaya fondue was what made the meal! Imagine, the best, sweetest banana you can find fried in amazing, crispy batter & then dipped in the most awesome, hot fondue sauce! Yes!!!!
Cockles! You must be thinking what the heck-I thought you just had dessert! Why yes, I did but then my mom decided to go back to dinner and a main course. Yummy cockles that came right out of the shell dipped in chili sauce. This ain't no Americanized Sriracha sauce. No... this is much better!
Wow all this food for me? You shouldn't have! Look how small the cockles look!
At this point, I was already beyond full. I already had my dessert with the fried bananas but I knew I couldn't end a meal without having the signature Singaporean dessert-Ice Kachang. Aloe vera, attap chee (palm seed), red beans, sweet corn, grass jelly, condensed milk top it all off for a taste of heaven! I was so full after this! It's huge! I know this picture makes it look small!
But even though we were full, I wanted more of that amazing banananess. I went back to get toast and kaya fondue, which was delicious as well but not as good the banana fondue! Ok... now I was done.
See how we ate until it turned dark? I'm a happy camper when I'm full.
Next stop! The amazing Mr. Loi's chicken rice! My sister did her research & found that the BEST hainan chicken rice in Singapore was at Tian Tian in the Maxwell Road Food Court. So even though I was about to explode, I knew I had to ride down and get in line. It was a beautiful day & I had just had an amazing meal.... but then it was closed!!!
What was Mr. Loi thinking? I came all the way from the U.S. and he decided that it was a good day not to wake up at 6AM and start making his chili sauce and rice? The nerve! As you can tell I was pissed... and just very, very sad.
What was one to do? Sit down & eat again of course. Here's some freshly squeezed sugar cane juice with calamansi & my favorite fruit soursop juice! The fruit looks like a cherimoya but it tastes like a mix between a citrus & coconut! It's so freaking good! Thank you Singapore!
This is my mom's must have. Bok biah. It's basically a fukienese burrito. It was blah here though. It was much better at another stop we went to after.
Fruit on a stick? Sounds good! We'll take 2 even though we're super full!
Ok... seriously I'm about to explode. Okay... maybe just some Mango shaved ice.
There's more food to come. This was only dinner #1 & #2 of the first day. I'm going to spilt our dessert part of the meal into another post!