Tuesday, April 28, 2009

By now, you know me well enough to know that I am a foodie! I love trying out different kinds of food. And, what better place in the world for a gourmet than Singapore. As I once mentioned to you, Singapore is the country where east meets west. Here you can find both eastern and western culinary delights.

Like most of the western countries, Singapore too has an eating-out culture. Hence every housing estate has a food court filled with various varieties of hawker stalls serving a range of food including Chinese, Malay, Indian, Indonesian, Western and more... So you have got inexhaustible choices to choose from and that too in your vicinity. More over food in Singapore is cheap when compared to western counterparts.

Some of the local favorites are Laksa noodles (rice noodles and mixed seafood in spicy coconut milk gravy with a half boiled egg), Hainanese Chicken Rice (boiled rice with chicken soup served with roasted chicken), Char Kway Teow (a form of roasted rice noodles), Pepper/Chilli Crab, Rojak (A mixture of fried vegetables with black sauce and groundnut powder), Satay (Marinated meat, grilled and served with spicy groundnut paste) and Steam boats of various kinds. Mmm, my mouth is already watering.
Maybe I should tell you about my favourite dishes though. Kaya toast and Fish head curry, two Singaporean foods I simply love.

Kaya Toast: Kaya is a sort of local jam. It is made from eggs, sugar and coconut milk. Usually it is caramel coloured but sometimes it is also green in colour. I love eating Kaya with hot, buttered toast. Sometimes, I eat Kaya Toast with eggs as well. Yum!



Fish Head Curry: This is one of the mouth-watering creations of Indian origin. Large fish heads bearing a surprising amount of meaty morsels, from cheeks to lips to eyes are simmered in a spicy, intensely red gravy with succulent ladyfinger, tomatoes and brinjal, all eaten with plenty of fluffy rice. This is divine!

But hello Vegetarians! If you think Singaporean food is only a treat for Non-Vegetarians you couldn't be more wrong. All my Vegetarian friends, you have a big surprise awaiting you in Singapore!

You can find many Buddhist originated Chinese vegetarian stalls/ hotels serving you vegetarian dishes that retain their unique flavor and taste. Like chicken made of soya beans, omelet made of bean curd etc…superb! Don’t miss them. These are cent percent vegetarian. You can find a list of Vegetarian outlets in Singapore from Singapore Vegetarian Society (http://www.vegetarian-society.org/)

The best time to discover Singaporean food is during the Singapore food festival. Generally it starts from the end of June and goes on till the end of July and occurs every year.

I'm going to share with you some cool links that'll help you discover Singaporean food treats:
Cuisines of Singapore: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore_food
Food fair in Singapore: http://foodandbeveragefair.com.sg/
Singapore Food Blogs:
http://www.visitsingapore.com/publish/stbportal/en/home/where_to_eat/singapore_food_blogs0.html

And, these are my favouritest restaurants in Singapore. See you there!
A-Roy Thai
Lau-Pa Sat http://www.laupasat.biz/home.html
Rice table http://www.ricetable.com.sg/
Riverwalk Tandoor http://www.riverwalktandoor.com.sg/index.htm

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