Singapore, a squeaky clean country that bans chewing gum, homosexual activity, and tipping.
Media is repressed; criticism rarely finds its way in the national discourse, save for the efforts of some renegade blogs. Government is a one-man show. National dish is fish head curry. Standard of living is very, very high. Population is low, hence, controllable.
Travel and eating enjoyability is nevertheless high, if you have money to spend.
Saving those Singapoh dolahs is easy, however, if you eat at hawker centers or food courts that house various kiosks selling Indian, Chinese and Malay dishes and snacks for as low as S$2 to S$8 (P76 to P300).
This is Makansutra Gluttons Bay, part of a franchise, at the Esplanade along 8 Raffles Avenue. People come here to eat at stalls like “Boon Tat Street” or “Die Die Must Try!” They’re open up to 2am on weekdays and 3am on weekends.
Yang Chow Fried Rice
Stir-fried water spinach (very soft and tasty)
Fried stingray encrusted with pepper (you’ll find a lot of these in Singapore)
Chili Squid Rings (very, very spicy!)
Crunchy Baby Squid
(this was the best of the lot. Very crunchy fried squid in sweet and spicy sauce)
There are also refreshment kiosks that serve Singaporean beer, which has a stronger taste than I’m used to.
There were so many interesting snacks to eat, and I wanted to try everything. I tried one of Singapore’s famous drinks, Bandung, which is essentially rose milkshake. It tasted like I was eating my St. Therese rosary.
(Very lightly salted and seasoned with sesame oil. The meat was very tender and juicy, I loved it. There ate cucumbers at the bottom.)Good old shrimp paste