Singapore: Singapore Food Trail

Tourist infrastructure done right. Singapore. Nothing half-assed about anything. The Singapore flyer. Yes, it looks like the London Eye. It feels like the London Eye. It rides like the London Eye. But you see more of the city with the Flyer than with the Eye. You see what seems to be a complete cityscape. At the top of the wheel, when your car reaches the top, you feel large. You feel like you rule over all the skyscrapers of the peninsula. The modern marvel that is the Marina Bay Sands seems like three low-rises connected by a skimpy skybridge. I … Continue reading Singapore: Singapore Food Trail

Singapore: Hainanese Chicken Rice at Chatterbox

Before visiting Singapore, I did a little bit of research and had a list of about seven Hainanese chicken rice places that I wanted to try. Most of them were in hawker centres, and I had planned to hit one up for lunch as soon as my family and I arrived in Singapore, checked into our hotel, and visited a specific travel agency in a certain shopping centre to purchase tickets for attractions that we were going to visit during the trip. It was at that certain shopping centre that I came to the realization that hawker centres were a … Continue reading Singapore: Hainanese Chicken Rice at Chatterbox

Crystal Mall Food Court: Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken

After I placed an order of the Ipoh bean sprout chicken at its namesake stall, I stood around to observe the food that other people ordered from the stall. The most popular item that came out of the kitchen by far was the laksa. It was on every other tray being brought to the counter. To my surprise, on the trays that did not have bowls of laksa on them, I did not see one single order of the bean sprout chicken. I seemed to be only person that ordered the dish. That was not a promising prospect. As I … Continue reading Crystal Mall Food Court: Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken

When I Visited Southeast Asia In Vancouver, and When Victoria Beckham visited Vancouver…

Hawker’s Delight – I can distinctly remember the day that I first visited Hawkers Delight, because it also happened to be the day that Victoria Beckham’s brief visit to the city caused a virtual media frenzy. Several local online news sites were constantly updating the status of her impending arrival and it caused some low-level commotion in a little corner of the twittershpere. I actually was not clued in on her visit until my wife – who happened to be picking something up at Pacific Centre – sent me a picture she took of the crowd that congregated in anticipation … Continue reading When I Visited Southeast Asia In Vancouver, and When Victoria Beckham visited Vancouver…

Never compromise in the name of convenience

Banana Leaf – From my limited time here, I have not had enough time to explore the local Malaysian/Singaporean/Indonesian food scene. Tropika, which was a rather easy find due to the fact that it had a location on Robson, didn’t really do it for me when I tried it. I thought their dishes tasted more like Cantonese food than they did of southeast Asian food. For example, Tropika’s Hainanese chicken didn’t taste anywhere close to the real thing. It was instead identical to every version of salt baked chicken that you might find in any of the Cantonese restaurants in … Continue reading Never compromise in the name of convenience