Singapore: An Asian Food Haven

Singapore is a country where several Asian cultures meet. That makes it an excellent spot to have Asian food adventure that will surely satisfy your curiosity. Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Filipino, name it! Singapore will surely have something to offer!

Here are some that I have tried during my recent visit. I highly recommend these to everyone who’s planning to visit this country.

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Squid Pops from Old Chang Kee. Crunchy and tasty. Streetfood is common among Asian countries. It is very convenient to eat and very easy to find. But never underestimate the taste of these food because you will not probably stop munching on these!

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Derwish is a Turkish restaurant along Arab Street. Service and food are decent.

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Chendol Ice from Mei Heong Yuen in Chinatown. Chendol is a traditional dessert made from coconut milk, rice flour, palm sugar and shaved ice. This one has beans in it. Very refreshimg dessert – perfect for all-year-round hot weather in Singapore.

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This is officially my favorite dimsum restaurant – Sweechoon. The Xiao Long Bao has a very savory broth and generous amount of filling. Also, don’t forget to try the custard buns! I will always go back for those sweet tender buns!

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Prawn noodles from Fried Hokkien Mee. This is a very satisfying meal! The taste of the seafood and chili just explodes in every bite. Don’t like spicy food? Don’t worry, chili is served separately.

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Ayam Penyet from Ayam Penyet Ria. Ayam mean chicken while penyet means smashed. This is an Indonesian food which is basically a fried chicken smashed to be tender and served with vegetable sidings.

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Japanese food at Koh Grill & Sushi Bar. Now this is my favorite Japanese restaurant in Singapore. I will have a dedicated post  for a more detailed review on this. Definitely don’t miss this out when you go to Orchard Ion!

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Singapore is famous for its Chili Crab. I had my own share of experience in a mom & pop restaurant named No Signboard in Geylang. It is a humble restaurant but well-visited. The chili crab here is massive and definitely fresh – straight from the aquarium. The sauce has a very rich flavor and not very spicy. I really enjoyed the tenderness of the diner rolls dunked into the chili sauce. The experience is just exquisite!

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Again, Singapore is a warm country. Make sure to keep yourself hydrated. This is a freshly squeezed iced sugar cane juice. I thought it would be really sweet, but it isn’t. Very refreshing drink though!

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Irvin’s Salted Egg potato chips. It has a very strong salty taste and a bit spicy. However, I barely taste the “salted egg”. It seems like I only taste salt most of the time. It could have been better if they will be generous will the salted egg. Nonetheless, this could be addictive if you like salty chips. I have to try their fish skin next time!

Did I miss to try anything? Comment below and will add that on my list for my next visit!

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Take a Break When the Rain Falls

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No matter how optimistic one can be, life is never a bed of roses. Rain can start pouring anytime. Sometimes you can barely feel it but sometimes every torrent pierces harshly. When that happens, it can be extremely stressful, lonely and painful. But just like time that never goes back, we should learn to carry on and to forge forward. But how do we continue living when everything seems to be in shade?

One thing I learned is that we, humans, need to take a break. Taking a break does not mean stopping. Rather, it means that we should live in the present. Inhale that fresh air and feel the morning sun. Recognize the small things around you and appreciate them. It could be someone who held the door for you, or that Starbucks barista who put a smiley on your cup. Stop worrying about the pressure that the future brings, the criticisms that other people speak, and the fear that stirs up in your head.

If you feel that you need more time, step out of your room and go on an adventure. Explore. Take it from me, whenever I go to new places, whether within the country or abroad, I see amazing things that I never imagined. I have seen heroic people, new kinds of animals, intriguing rituals, unique fashion statements and a lot of new friends. On top of those, you will learn more about yourself. When you go somewhere outside your comfort zone, that is when your most genuine self starts to show. You will start realizing things like how you deal with people who are foreign to you. You may also find your natural interests – just like when you see yourself hunting for museums or architectures, or maybe you end up trying as much local food as you can. Want to test your physical and mental limits? Climb a mountain and explore nature.

Traveling forces you to refocus your attention to better things in life. Soon enough, you will realize that you created your own shade when you were too focused on negative thoughts. Just the same, you can create your own light with a positive experience and outlook. Now, go out and let nothing dull your shine!

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