Going down south always feels a bit like coming home. After all, this is where I spent a good decade of my life.
Despite the crazy rise in property prices, food here remains quite affordable. I’m surprised that a bowl of noodles still cost SGD2.50 and you can even get ice-blended juice for SGD1!
A visit to the hawker centre is a must. And I finally got my fix of mee pok.
The culinary scene here is vibrant, with lots of new restaurants and eateries.
One of the more unique meals I had was the bijin nabe - a “beauty hot pot” of collagen-rich organic chicken broth. You eat it as you would with a steamboat, dipping and cooking the ingredients in the delicious nutrient-packed broth.
This is how the collagen broth looks like when served.
Heat it up and it turns into a yummy, slightly sticky (it’s the collagen) broth.
Singapore has attracted many famous chefs to it’s sunny shores – including one of my favorite – Jamie Oliver.
Max, my buddy, told me how horrendous the queue was when she last visited Jamie’s Italian and with a kid in tow, she finally gave up. Only a small fraction of reservation is available online and I’d heard that the next available table is in 3 months!
You can imagine how thrilled I was when we were able to score a table, just by walking in on a late Sunday morning.
All the dishes we had were really good and reasonably priced. The ambiance is great – tastefully decorated, casual and welcoming.
This is one place I’ve bookmarked on my ‘regular list’.
And if you’re a Jamie Oliver fan, there are lots on merchandise you can pick up after a satisfying meal.
I had a bit of time to stroll around. Went into the National Library, and was pleasantly surprised to find a good selection of cookbooks.
The skyline is very different from what I remember.
There’s always so much going on here..so much has changed. And yet so much hasn’t.