Two months ago I made a quick trip to Singapore and
I wasn't expecting much to experience in this trip as it wasn't a vacation but
I was wrong. This trip made me realize, every travel, even business travel
offers a new and unique experience to a traveler. This time, my trip to
Singapore had its own plans to quench my traveler soul’s thirst, I would
rather say, Singapore had its own plans to satisfy my traveler soul's hunger. Yes you guessed me right, I am speaking about food .
I landed in Singapore around 9 AM and I took a
train (MRT) from airport to Bugis as my hotel (BIG Hotel) was in that area. I was bit
early to reach my hotel and my check-in was after 1pm, so I had good 3 hours to kill. I also
have a shopaholic soul. The shopaholic soul in me advised that there is nothing
like shopping to kill time.
Like a good girl, I took my shopaholic soul’s
advise and started walking towards the Bugis market. To my utter dismay, none
of the shops were open even though it was already 10 AM.
I was sad and disheartened and could not think of
anything else which can kill time. Suddenly I noticed that all the food stalls
were open and they were full with customers on a weekday. I just took a stroll
in that food stalls and wondered if Singaporeans only live to eat?
I didn't know that I was being lead into a
heaven by my foodie soul. It took a few seconds for me to realize the magic of
Singaporean food and I spent good two hours just doing food stall hopping.
After establishing my relationship with food stalls
in Bugis, I went on with rest of my day as planned and I reached my hotel room
around 7.00 pm and dozed of calling it a good night as I was too tired. I woke
up around 2.00 am early morning with hunger pangs.
I couldn't find anything in my hotel’s mini bar
which would soothe my hunger pangs and I started craving for a good, proper nourishment
for my food strapped stomach. I went down to the hotel’s coffee shop but my
tummy simply refused to try out pastries or cakes. My tummy actually gave pangs
which literally said,-‘I need something, spicy and masala and very much
I just started wondering where do I get something
Indian at this hour of the night in an unknown country? But still took a chance
and asked hotel receptionist who advised me to go to a place which was just next
to my hotel. Entire street was empty but the restaurant next to our hotel was
full with customers,though it was ticking ungodly 2.00 am.
The restaurant name is Al-Azhar Eating Restaurant.
It looked like an Indian restaurant and I was on cloud nine as I got the right
food joint as per my tummy’s demand. Though the Biryani was available, I asked for veg gravy and rotis, the
Maitre de realized I am a tourist and advised me to try roti pratas with
Indian gravy. I actually thought roti
prata is nothing but our Indian bread-'roti' , which has been named in this
restaurant as roti pratas by an NRI owner, who must have left his home, generations ago.
|Sorry for the poor quality pic. I wanted to show how it looked at 2 AM|
I was proved wrong, this roti prata, even though it
has a Indian touch, it is totally Singaporean all the way. It was as thin as
tissue which just melted away in my Indian gravy and also tasted very yummy.
So this restaurant is fusion of Indian and Singaporean
food and I am glad I visited this place.
PS-This place is open 24hrs.
Next morning, I was reluctant to have my
breakfast with my stomach full after the 2.00 AM soiree.
But again I didn't want to let go my free
breakfast included in my hotel room package ( If you are traveler you
understand this). I thought of settling
with light breakfast like bread and some spread or toast. In a jam section I
saw this amazing, tantalizing coconut jam called “KAYA”. Coconut is an essential ingredient in almost
all south Indian authentic food and my South Indian soul suddenly became
anxious to try out Kaya.
My light breakfast ended up being heavy breakfast as I ate too many toasts. Kaya toast became
my staple breakfast for next three mornings.
later I realised that Kaya
toast is a staple breakfast for
Kaya toast turned out to be my favorite Singaporean food.I also carried a bottle of Kaya with me to back home.
I spent all my evening in Singapore by
exploring Clarke quay. A evening is not well spent without a right cocktail
is my mantra and I tried a cocktail called Singapore Sling (Its also a Singaporean national drink).
I tell you all I got so hooked up to that
drink, I even picked up a fridge magnet with recipe written on it, so I can try
sometime at home.
I visited many restaurant in 3 evenings I
spent in Singapore and gave a good exercise to my taste buds but there is one restaurant which stole my heart one
afternoon. The restaurant is called “Jumbo.’’
I am a big time sea food fan and this
restaurant stole my heart with their Singaporean sea food delicacies. Crab
delicacies are the highlight of this restaurant. Eating crab is a messy
business, keeping that in mind, restaurant gives you a apron and all the right
cutlery set to devour into the appetizing looking crab. I ordered Singaporean Crab
Chilli just to try out the fusion of the Asian food with Chinese way of
Let me be honest with you, the Crab Chilli
was absolutely finger licking delicious.
I finally discovered my foodie soul on the
streets of Singapore. This country also offers plenty of other cuisines too,I
can say,you can experience a food diversity in a Singapore city. So much so
that, it turned my work trip into a food and palate show.
Labels: Asia, Eat, Food, Restaurant Review, Singapore, Travel Experience, Wanderersdiary, Where to Eat