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What and where are we eating?

 

At hawker stands!

 

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A hawker center is the name given to an open-air complex that has several small booths or hawker stands that sell a variety of inexpensive food.  


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Each dish is made to order, so it arrives hot and is delicious.  You can add additional peppers or spices if you like it hot.

 

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Hawker centers sprung up in urban areas in the 1950s and 1960s and were considered a venue for the less affluent.  They were primarily built to reduce the unhygienic food preparation by unlicensed street hawkers.  


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Over the years, hygiene standards have vastly improved and the food stall operators are given cleanliness grades (A,B,C) by the National Environment Agency (NEA) to help customers make an informed choice.


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Today the hawker stalls are becoming mainstream and are popping up in food courts in shopping malls.  They are still independently owned by the family - no McDonald's or Burger King in these food centers.


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All meals are served with rice or noodles.  They predominately serve pork, chicken, and fish.  And eggs, lots of eggs.  Beef is not very popular here.  

 

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The one below has dried fish on the top - I think this is an acquired taste.  Luckily I tasted it before I mixed it in the soup. 
 

 

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Oh and the very best part of the hawker stands is they are CHEAP!  We have never paid over 5 Singaporean dollars ($3.85 USD) for these meals.

 


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The restaurant in the photo below is one step up from a hawker stand. They seat you and take your order, but it is still very casual.  This one was located in the part of Singapore they call Chinatown.


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This restaurant served chicken only and you could have it on noodles or rice.  Look at that beautiful crispy skin.

 

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We picked noodles.  This meal was twice the price of the hawker stands, 9 SD ($7 USD).  The owner told us they have been in business since 1963!  It was very good.

 

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If you want to see what a rambutan is - hop over to my art blog, ma vie trouvee.

 



What's In - What's out list for 2012

 

 

Donald and Cathy’s

What’s in / What’s out list for 2012

  

In                                          Out

 

Singapore                                                    Brussels

 

sandals and flip-flops                                         boots

 

shorts                                                                skinny jeans and tights

 

casual short sleeves for work                            suits  for work

 

English                                                               French

 

bubble tea and fruit juice                                  beer and wine

 

iced coffee                                                        hot coffee

 

hawker stands                                                   Michelin restaurants

 

chop sticks                                                        forks                                           

 

ice cream sandwiches                                        waffles

 

fish                                                                   beef        

 

rice                                                                   potatoes

 

broth-based meals                                            cream-based meals

 

ice in drinks                                                      never ice in drinks    

 

Asian décor                                                       Paris décor                                  

 

full-sized refrigerator                                      tiny refrigerator


shoe lockers                                                      coat closet

 

marble floors                                                    wood floors

 

cold (air conditioned ) apartment                      hot apartment           

  

Singaporean dollars                                           Euros

 

all stores open on Sunday                                 all stores closed on Sunday

 

most stores open until 11 PM                            all stores close at 7 PM               

 

buses                                                               trams

 

right-hand drive                                              left-hand drive

 

muggy heat                                                      muggy cold

 

green outside                                                  gray outside

 

tissue sellers                                                  street bums      

 

tweeting birds                                                honking car horns

 

customer service                                            indifferent clerks

 

This is from our first four days in Singapore!  We are enjoying it all - learning new things by the minute.  

 


Our new grocery store in Singapore

 

Singapore Begins Now!

 

We are settling into our new apartment - well,  with three suitcases full of stuff.  We have been out and about and have explored the neighborhood.

 

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The closest grocery store - about a 5 min walk across the main street is what they call a wet market - which is an outdoor market with very local food.



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Beautiful fresh fish.

 

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Unusual fruits and Vegetables.


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We bought these - sweet and interesting - some what like a lychee.  They are called Rambutans.


 

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And the very smelly, icky durian fruit.  We have not tried them yet - but will soon!

 

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