Not a restaurant, but shameless advertisement of a novel I’ve written.
I think it’s pretty good. The Kindle version is only $3.
It is a novel, but there are plenty of descriptions of Asian food. It’s less Eat, Pray, Love and more Bourne with bumbling people.
My last few days in Singapore I decided to eat closer to home. There are many such restaurants in Geylang which serve a variety of Chinese dishes and most of the time they are pretty cheap.
This plate had a kelp salad served cold, Sichuan green beans, pork and chicken. My eyes were bigger than my mouth and I couldn’t eat it all.
Another night I had this plate of tomatoes cooked with eggs, water spinach and chewy tofu.
The last time I visited this establishment on Lorong 25 in Geylang I had pork and cabbage, water spinach with garlic and a sprout mixture. These cheap, delicious and cheap dinners is what I’ll miss most about Singapore.
My last night in Singapore I had this simple meal.
It was actually at the food court next door.
This was one of the best examples of nasi lemak I’ve ever had.
Nasi Lemak means ‘fragrant rice’ in Malay. The rice is cooked with coconut milk and pandas leaves. Around the rice was a fried chicken leg, cucumber slices, crackers, fried anchovies, peanuts and a raisin onion sambal. There was also a dollop of chili paste.
I really liked it. This was at the Old Town Coffee Restaurant in the Kallang Wave Shopping Center.
Rojak is a famous Malaysian- Singaporean dish I would call a salad. Green mangoes, cucumbers, pineapple, chunks of oil fritter (you tiao)and bananas dressed in a sweet and sour sauce made of banana flowers ( sometimes) sugar, soy sauce and vinegar. It’s also dusted with crushed peanuts.
I had this at the Food Republic on the fourth floor of 313 Somerset. I also had white carrot cake, which is basically an omelet made with chunks of white carrot.
Last Saturday I had breakfast at Black Seed in Bugis Junction.
Although the noodles were instant, the broth was fresh. The bowl was garnished with scallions and fried shallots. I love those 63 degree eggs, so I ordered one of those. It was a good breakfast. I really liked this place, which serves more refined versions of local dishes.
Reviews of this restaurant and its menu piqued my interest, so when my girlfriend came to visit me we went here on a Wednesday when I finished work before lunch.
We both ordered the three course lunch and we both got the papaya salad with prawns as a first course. I liked it. Th prawns were huge and cooked perfectly. The salad was spicy and sour.
For my main course I opted for the fried pork belly. It was served with a pineapple jam, sliced Japanese cucumber and cilantro. I ate it all. It was savory, crunchy, sweet and sour.
My girlfriend had the lychee-glazed mackerel which she didn’t like. It was overcooked.
For dessert I had the natto- salted caramel ice cream with a brownie.
I liked the ice cream as the savory nuttiness of the natto complemented the caramel well. The brownie was more like chocolate bread as it was not moist. Moistness is essential for a brownie, as is chewiness.
My girlfriend liked her soursop dessert. I liked it too.