Singapore has many attractions for tourists; theme parks, casinos, gardens, a zoo, but we skipped most of them. The thing that stood out the most for us was the food. The hawker centers located within apartment complexes or just on their own were the highlight of our time in Singapore. The food was delicious and different depending on which center we visited.
The first hawker center we tried was Hong Lim Complex on the outskirt of Chinatown. It was late in the evening and we were hungry but upon entering the center, we were overwhelmed by all of the choices. The best way to ensure you get a tasty meal in Singapore is to queue. So, we found a stall with a queue and waited our turn.
Our first meal was curry chicken soup noodles. Living in Asia I have had all kinds of curries and all kinds of soup noodles, but none like this before. The coconut and the spice were so powerful, yet balanced and the noodles were of quality. From the first bite, we knew that we would be happy just eating our way through Singapore.
The next day we toured the city and realized how small it is. We must have passed Chinatown five times that day and when we walked to find a bus stop, by the time we found the correct one, we were more than half way to our destination already.
That evening we met friends for dinner by the Gluttons Bay and tried the Makansutra hawker center. Of course the prices were inflated for tourists, but the food was still really good. Being with five people, we were able to try more dishes such as; lobster, stingray, prawn, and satay pork. We ended the night by going back to Chinatown to have dessert. Here I got to try my first taste of Durian. Being the only Westerner with a group of Chinese, all eyes were on me for my first taste of this stinky fruit. I found it very strong and creamy, yet tasty, although one piece was enough.
Our last day in Singapore, we visited the Haw Par Villa, which was a bit out of the way, but so weird that it was cool. Ming Hay was able to fill me in on most of the Chinese stories that were depicted in the crazy sculptures. After the villa, we felt pretty satisfied with our Singapore visit except for one thing; I was determined to have a good Indian meal once I realized how large the Indian population is in Singapore.
We never made it back to Little India because we were too hungry, but we managed to find a Lau Pa Sat hawker center in downtown with many Indian options. I’m not exactly sure what we ate, but it was so flavorful and yummy that we were happy. We split a large platter and were satisfied for the rest of the day. Although we did some sightseeing, we both would have been happy just going from Hawker center to Hawker center.