For Readers who follow me on Instagram and Twitter you may have noticed a few weeks ago, Mr Bao and I made a whirlwind trip to Singapore. I know it may sound a little extreme to go to Singapore for only 4 days and 3 nights, but I don’t have much annual leave left and really wanted to go away somewhere outside of Australia Even though it seems like a super short time, we managed to meet so many people, eat at so many places it’s quite ridiculous! I think we’ve outdone ourselves And now i’m super excited about sharing our adventures with you ~
We caught an early flight from Melbourne and arrived at Singapore at around 5pm, we quickly checked into our hotel (Hotel Ibis Beecoolen) and immediately jumped into a cab to our first stop Maxwell Food Centre. We were intending to go to Tiong Bahru Market but the taxi driver suggested that we go to Maxwell instead as it was closer to us. Someone has once told me, taxi drivers are one of the best tour guides as they consistently drive through the city, so we took his advice.
As we walked in, Maxwell Food Centre reminded me of some of the food courts that can be found in other Asian cities, but it was very clean clean and organised. No wonder every comments that Singapore is super clean. Even though the food centre isn’t air conditioned it does have fans to keep patrons cool.
I couldn’t believe that all this food was only $4.5SGD which was an equivalent of $3.7 Australia dollars! We can barely buy a drink with that here in Melbourne! Mr Bao was super hungry and got extra rice for 50c more ~ The chicken was boneless but more importantly it was tender and succulent covered in the essential soy sauce.
Next was the oyster omelette, I’m not really sure if this is a Singaporean dish but it was very similar to the Teochew oyster omelete I’ve had before in Hong Kong. It was made to order and piping hot, a lot of egg yolks must have been used as it had a strong egg flavour and also had little oyster mixed through. It was most delicious when dipped in the sambal sauce.
Once again I was in disbelief when Mr Bao told me that this bowl of laksa was only $3SGD! How is it possible to make something so delicious yet sell it so cheap The coconut curry soup was so much stronger and spicier than the ones I’ve had and also liked the addition of clams instead of chicken. We also liked the fish balls as we found them be firmer and with more flavour.
I also realised that the noodles they use is quite different here in Singapore. Thanks to Instagram, I found out that this type of noodles is called Bee Hoon and in Singapore nearly all curry laksas use these noodles. While Malaysians will use a mixture of rice vermicelli and egg noodles and that’s the type that I’ve been eating in Melbourne I can’t really say which type I like more because the bee hoon has a more ‘bouncier’ texture and I quite liked that ~
Starting with the Sugar Cane juice, we were so excited to see this on sale as it’s becoming hard to find these freshly squeezed sugar cane juice in Hong Kong. It was sweet but not sickly so and definitely helped quench Mr Bao’s thirst and cool him down a little.
I’ve never seen such a HUGE coconut! But then realised it’s a young green coconut so it hasn’t matured, I found the juice to resemble very much like water but with subtle taste of coconut. I think I prefer the young coconuts as the juice is much sweeter Having said that the flesh I had lots of fun scooping out the flesh from this young green coconut!
I thought that was enough drinks, but Mr Bao was still thirsty so we grabbed a Teh Tarik from Soon Li Coffee, but was a little taken back when the owner was quite rude and gave us a hot Teh Tarik when we asked for a cold one. The Teh Tarik itself was quite good but it wasn’t as strong as I expected and was slightly watery as not as creamy but was still nice.
Yes I had actually planned to have desserts after dinner with friends…but I couldn’t leave without a shaved ice of some sort Mr Bao said he couldn’t find me Ais Kachang maybe because it’s a Malaysian dessert? So he came back to the table with this almond jelly with lychee on shaved ice. The almond jelly was quite firm and very strong almond flavour while lychees were very sweet. The shaved ice was also sweetened with a sugar syrup. Perfect way to end my first meal in Singapore
If you stayed around the China town area, we would definitely recommend you visiting Maxwell Food Centre as it’s a great place to get a taste of local Singaporean hawker foods. You’ll find yourself leaving with a very full and satisfied stomach and only having to spend $10 or so Singaporean dollars!
Maxwell Food Centre
1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore 069184