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

SINGAPORE Day 1.2

SG Day 1.1 can be found here.

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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!

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

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…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.

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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:

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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!

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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…

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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?

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 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.

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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…

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

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…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

MELB – SG : The journey begins…

Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start…

One of the things I look forward to when I travel, is the view from the sky :).  So,  allow me to indulge in a few photos snapped on the way to Singapore (SG)??

up, up and away we go!
up, up and away we go!
I LOVE CLOUDS!
I LOVE CLOUDS!
The sunset in Darwin while we were in transit.
The sunset in Darwin while we were in transit.
Long exposure of the city lights as we touch down in Singapore :)
Long exposure of the city lights as we touched down in Singapore :)

Note: For those just after the food reviews, I’m sorry but you’ll have to wait for the next post!  For those who don’t mind engaging with my ramblings, please read on :).

Though I was tired and had acquired odd back pain after the flight(s), it was good to see the friendly face of my dear blog-first-real-life-second friend, Angel, waiting for me on the other side of customs!  I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it on this blog before but I found Angel’s blog via a friend of a friend’s blog perhaps 4 years ago (has it really been that long?) and after adequate stalking on Facebook background checks, we became friends in real life when Angel came to Melbourne and I visited Perth :).  She was such a gracious host sister to me, taking days off from work to take me around and I am forever indebted to her and her family for letting me stay at their place during the SG leg of my trip!  You are welcome at my home when you next visit Melb, dear ^^.

Anyway, by the time I arrived in SG, it was 10pm and having been on the go since 2pm Aussie time (so 11 hours), my body was ready to go to bed.  My mind, however, wanted to know the plan for the week.  So after some Mee Goreng, the Macbook was whipped out, along with the vague list I’d put together with help from friends and Your Singapore and we got to work…

opps, mee goreng me eat all!
opps, mee goreng me eat all!

…to construct this plan of places to go and food to eat:

What it looked like after 7 days...
What it looked like after 7 days…

As you can see, I gave this list a good go by the end of the week with the majority of the places to go being food-related haha.  There was a LOT of food consumed on this trip (the extra kgs I likely put on – I don’t intend to weigh myself until I’ve done a few more sessions at the gym – can testify to that lol) and originally, I wanted to launch into a few food places on this post, however, I realised that I got a bit carried away with my story-telling and given my own short attention span when it comes to writing/reading rambling blog posts, I’ll save it for the next post ;).

Coming up:  Be prepared for bubble tea, famous chicken rice and kaya toast! :D Stay tuned!

♥ Ames

Question: Can anyone guess which musical the lyrics at the start of the post are from??

P.S. I’m graduating from law tomorrow!! For the praying kind, please pray that   the Melbourne weather is good – not too hot, not too cold, sunshine and blue skies for happy snaps of our special day ^^ Thank you !!