Singapore is really an eating mecca and you’ll be hard pressed to find a Singaporean who doesn’t love to eat. Though I wanna know how the Singaporean girls can stay so slim!
Our first stop on our 3 week journey was in Singapore. We go to Singapore every few years as hubby and I both have extended family there, as well as some close friends, but it has been 5 long years since our last trip. Before we left, I sent our good friend Mr C a long list of hawker foods we wanted to make sure we got to eat. He replied, “How long are you here for? A month?!” Haha!
Singapore has a multitude of cuisines available, even the best restaurant in Asia according to The San Pellegrino World’s Best 50 Restaurants 2012 (Iggy’s, No. 26) but what we really wanted to eat was the local hawker food. It’s so cheap, and even an average tasting hawker dish by Singapore standards would probably taste better than anything we can get in Melbourne!
I missed taking photos of ALL the hawker food we got to eat because sometimes it wasn’t convenient to take photos or it was too dark, but I did take enough to have to split it into two posts!
We stayed in the Bedok area in the east of Singapore at Mr C’s parent’s place, so we went to a local ‘coffee shop’ a few times. A coffee shop (known locally as a kopi tiam) is found in almost all residential areas in Singapore underneath the HDB flats. It is usually a collection of small food stalls, set up to compliment the beverage stall. The beverage stall will normally sell coffee, teas and drinks, as well as breakfast items like kaya toast and soft boiled eggs.
Block 168 Coffee shop, Bedok South Avenue 3
Nearest MRT station: Tanah Merah, then you can take bus 48 up Bedok South Ave 3 which stops in front
Block 168 Coffeeshop
They have the most amazing prata shop, everything was so good. The place even has a website!
Best ever prata shop
If we had more meals available, I would have tried more things at Srisun Prata! Our favourite was definitely the puri. We’d never had puri before and I have to say, I enjoyed it more than plain roti prata. It’s thin with an airpocket through the middle, and crispy and chewy at the same time. This is definitely a must try. The accompanying sauces are also very good.
Puri set SGD $2.50 (approx $2 AUD)
Our second favourite thing from Srisun Prata was the roti tissue / tisu which they call paper prata. It’s a super thin piece of prata that has been skilfully rolled into a cone shape, brushed with butter and sugar, then drizzled with sweet condensed milk. They really managed to get it so thin and crispy, with the perfect balance of sugar, butter and condensed milk.
Paper prata with milk SGD $2.50 (approx. $2 AUD)
We also tried Srisun Prata’s mutton murtabak. It is roti prata that has been filled with a curried minced mutton and onion mix. We enjoyed this.
Mutton murtabak SGD $6 (approx. $4.80 AUD)
The last thing we tried from Srisun Prata was the thosai / dosai. This was a bit disappointing. I didn’t like the flavour of their thosai which I found was too sour. It was also quite soggy.
Thosai (dipping sauces included) SGD $1.20 each (approx. $0.95 AUD)
There was also a shop selling a number of different roast meats (chicken, duck, pork) served with rice.
Roasts on rice shop
I ordered roast chicken and roast pork on chicken rice. I accidentally went a bit over the top with the dark sauce on the roast chicken which doesn’t look so nice, but trust me when I say it was yummy!
Roast chicken & roast pork on chicken rice SGD $3.50 (approx $2.80 AUD)
Hubby really likes bak ku teh, which is a herbed pork rib soup. It usually has a darker coloured broth but the one here had a light coloured broth that was way too white peppery. Disappointing.
Bak ku teh SGD $5 (approx. $4 AUD)
Whenever you go to a coffee shop, you have to either order a coffee, tea or beer depending on what time of day it is. My drink of choice is the ‘teh peng’ (iced tea). I like the way they make the tea quite strong and use condensed milk.
Teh peng SGD $1.70 (approx. $1.35 AUD)
The Block 168 Coffeeshop also has a great minced meat noodle shop but I missed out on getting a photo with my DSLR, but you can see a photo I took with my iphone and posted on Instagram here.
While we were in Singapore, Mr C & Mrs W took us for a day trip to Johor Bahru (JB) in Malaysia, which is just across the Malaysia/Singapore border to the north of Singapore. Apparently Singaporeans like to go to JB to shop and to put petrol on the way back because it is way cheaper than Singapore. The Malaysian and Singaporeans try to make the savings on fuel less – the Malaysian Government force you to fill up with the more expensive petrol if you have a Singaporean car and the Singapore Government don’t allow you to leave Singapore without your fuel tank being at least ¾ full!
We didn’t have any Malaysian currency with us so Mr C & Mr W kindly paid for our food, so I’m not sure how much it was, but it wasn’t more than $1 or $2 per dish. We just chose some random place on the main road to stop for some food. I know it’s not Singapore Hawker Food like the post title suggests, but it was part of our trip to Singapore!
Some random food place in Johor Bahru 🙂
Hubby ordered nasi lemak. The rice had a nice, strong coconut flavour, the chicken was crispy, and the sambal chilli was tasty, slightly sweet and spicy, but without killing off all your tastebuds kind of spicy!
I ordered a plain roti. They had trays of food down the side of the restaurant, but they weren’t being temperature controlled and I’m not sure how long they had been sitting out in the heat. I don’t have a strong stomach and didn’t want to risk getting food poisoning early on in our trip so I stuck with the roti. I’m glad I did because it was a great roti.
Plain roti prata
Hubby wanted to have murtabak again. The roti prata on this murtabak was quite thin so it had a nice filling to dough ratio. They also added spring onion in their filling.
I was excited to see a Tescos (UK Supermarket) in JB, but unfortunately it seemed to be only the branding of the shop as it was all local food in the supermarket, not anything from the UK! We went for a quick bite to eat at the basement food court. We weren’t that hungry so we stuck to a light snack.
Tescos Building Food Court, Johor Bahru
It’s been a long time since I’ve had rojak. Rojak is a salad with a dark, sweet and sour type sauce and covered in crushed peanuts. I normally don’t eat rojak because I don’t like the fruit in the dish, but I saw a place selling no fruit rojak so I wanted to try it. No fruit rojak essentially means it is just the youtiao (chinese donut) mixed with the sauce!
No fruit rojak
We also got a tofu fa, which is soft bean curd with a sweet syrup. It is normally served warm. The lychee is not a normal addition. I love how the soft bean curd just melts in your mouth.
Tofu fa with lychees
You can read about Part 2 of Singapore Hawker food here.
Over & Out, April xx