SG Day 1.2: Old Airport Road Food Centre and Crystal Jade


SG Day 1.1 can be found here.


After receiving my first ever manicure and pedicure (that’s what holidays are for, no?), we took a taxi to the hawker centre on Old Airport Road.  For the first-time traveller to Singapore, hawker centres are a must!  Set up in a food court type setting, you’ll soon discover (as I did) the delicious local dishes of the country and for a fraction of the price of any meal you’d get back in Australia – and more tasty too!


As I was still new to the whole concept, I just followed Ange around to a few stalls as she made the orders… 44


…before she sat me down to order some sugarcane drinks and she went off to put down a few more orders!

46These sugarcane drinks were so refreshing and of course very cheap too (though I cannot for the life of me remember the price – they don’t give out receipts haha).  I was also fascinated about how there are people who wander around with a money pouch; you tell them what you want to order, pay them, and then they bring it back!  Now that I think about it, I guess it’s just like a waiter in a restaurant but in an open-air context, it seemed really novel for me :P.


Ange came back with LOTSA soya bean curd!! lol, but don’t worry, we didn’t eat it all, it was for her cell group later on haha.  Here’s what was for dinner:



Prawn Mee: SO GOOD!  I liked how they cut the prawns in half – made it much easier to eat.  Soup was full of flavour and noodles cooked just right!


Wonton and Char Siu Mee: Loved it.  I think I am more of a dry noodles kinda fan so this suited me well :).  Wontons were a lot smaller than we get in restaurants back in Melbourne but I’ve been told that this is how they used to make it traditionally.  I didn’t drink much of the soup – MSG concern lol.

had to use flash because it was getting dark
had to use flash because it was getting dark…

SATAY SKEWERS!!!: SO. SO. SO. GOOD.  I think Ange got half chicken and half pork… man, I am lost for words for how amazing this tasted.  It came with a few pieces of cucumber and its own bag of satay to dip the meat in…


And what added to the awesomeness factor was how unbelievable CHEAP this all was!  Easily under $10 AUS per head and we were feeling very full afterwards.

Oh and what became of the soya bean curd?


 Apparently the soya bean curd from Lao Ban and 51 Soya Bean are slightly different in taste but it wasn’t as obvious to me so if you get a chance try both :D.


Usually the eating ends with dinner but as I soon discovered, 10pm is still considered early in Singapore so why not go out for supper, yo?? :P

We headed out to one of the Crystal Jade‘s in town to have some dim sum…





The standout was definitely these salted egg custard baos! Firstly, never seem them this colour and then…


…liquid gold!! :D Now this is something that definitely hasn’t made it over to Aust in its traditional form.  The colour isn’t as evident against the orange casing but tasted SO GOOD *happy sigh*.

Was a lovely end to Day 1 in SG :).

*Disclaimer: All food reviews are purely based on my own experiences and how I feel about the service, food and quality at the time of visit.  I am merely a lover of food and by no means a food expert!

Coming up: More hawker centres and the first of my hipster café visits :P.

Have a great weekend!

♥ Ames

2 thoughts on “SG Day 1.2: Old Airport Road Food Centre and Crystal Jade

    1. Haha, yeah it’s hard to pick a favourite when everything is so good! They have salted egg custard bao in HK though don’t they? :)

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