Eating Our Way Around Singapore (Part 1)

MarinaBayview


Marina Bay Sands from Gluttons Bay

My musician hubby had a month long job in Singapore recently which gave Mr 7 and I the chance to hop on over for the middle part of his contract. That way we wouldn’t miss each other too much, we’d get a kind of family holiday plus a visit to Legoland Malaysia into the bargain!

We all love to eat in this house. Nom nom nom. My cooking is often inspired by the food we’ve eaten in our travels around south east asia over the last 18 years. Singapore has so much great food as it’s a meeting place of many cultures and cuisines.

We basically ate our way around the island, exploring the different ethnic quarters as well as the primarily residential area that was our home base.

Chinatown
Chinatown was one of our first outings. After a wander through the touristy stalls in Pagoda and Mosque Streets we found the Chinatown Complex Food Centre (upstairs at 335 Smith Street) and appeared to be the only Western tourists around. The food was amazingly cheap (much cheaper than outside on Smith Street itself) and delicious. Over a couple of visits, some of our favourites were the chicken rice, spicy wontons and char kway teow (fried rice noodles).

Chinatown Stall


The boys in Chinatown

Chicken rice


Chicken Rice – Singapore’s national dish

Spicy wontons


Spicy wontons

 

Little India
Both my ‘boys’ love to shop so we had to visit the famous Mustafa Centre in Little India. We spent a happy couple of hours prowling the crowded aisles before our stomachs grumbled. We wandered down Serangoon Road to the Tekka Centre on the corner of Bukit Timah Road, stopping for our customary fresh juices and to admire the old shop houses.

Curries, chicken tikka and a variety of breads filled us up with Mr 7 devouring a chocolate roti in record time. The enterprising owner of one of the drinks stalls offered table service and kept us ‘watered’ with orange juice (Mr 7), local beer (hubby) and lime juice with whole miniature limes (me).

Tekka centre


Tekka Centre lunchtime crowd

Indian food


Variety of Indian dishes

Lime juice


Lime juice – so refreshing!

 

Newton Circus
Newton Circus, also known as Newton Food Centre, is an institution in Singapore. It became our second dining room as it was only about a five minute walk from our hotel. Snacks, lunch or dinner were easy to grab on the way to or from the Newton MRT station.

Satays, popiah (a type of fresh spring roll), curries, nasi goreng, noodles… the selection was endless. Mr 7 was particularly happy when the Ais kacang stall was open as they did a version with chocolate syrup! Hubby and I treated ourselves to black pepper crab on our last day together.

walk to Newton


Easy walk to Newton Circus

Satays


We had to have mixed satay!

Black pepper crab


Black Pepper Crab

 

Kampong Glam (Arab Quarter)
We walked and walked to try to find a place for lunch that fitted our usual criteria – a place that wasn’t obviously for tourists and was more reflective of the locals of that area. Finally a Moroccan place a few doors from the Sultan Mosque seemed ok and we ventured in out of the heat. The meal itself was fine but took forever to come. The standout was my drink – lime juice blended with mint. I’ll be attempting to replicate it next summer.

Moroccan tiles


Gorgeous tiles in Kampong Glam

Sultan Mosque


The Sultan Mosque gleams even on gloomy days.

Mint lime juice


Minty lime juice – a winner!

There’ll be more about our Singaporean food adventures shortly.

How do you like to eat when you travel? What’s your favourite foodie destination?

Caz x

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Nutty Seedy Cookies

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Listen To Your Heart

Listen to Your Heart

Listen to your heart…

No, not the Roxette song from the late 80s and I’m not talking in the romantic sense either.

Listen to your heart… Open your heart…

The universe has been conspiring to place women in my path to ensure I get the message:

Stop over-thinking.
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Confessions of a Dishonest Mama

Mothers lie

Yes, I lie to my child. Not just about the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny either.

Sometimes I lie to my child about what I’m feeding him.

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DIY Design Fanatic Box
I fell for some jute/twine covered boxes but then discovered that they were very time consuming and by the time I bought all the twine and hot glue plus some fabric if I didn’t have anything suitable in my stash, more expensive than I was planning on.

DIY-Mudroom-Organizing-Ideas
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Crio and candle

I’ve been feeling fairly blah again lately and out of any sense of rhythm or routine. Sigh…

Some of it has been rooted in the everyday – returning from Singapore, illness, fibromyalgia symptoms, Mr 7′s health and then getting sick myself with the the pelvic floor-challenging cough from hell. I’ve been struggling to keep on top of the everyday stuff and feel like I’m getting nowhere, or further behind if possible on other things.

I can see now that some of the blah-ness comes from neglecting myself. My inner self mostly. Sure I’ve been doing some things that I enjoy – reading, watching some favourite TV shows, cooking – but it hasn’t really kept me in touch with ME. I haven’t been nourishing myself with what my soul craves. [Read more...]

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There has been something missing from my life for some time. Just over three and a half years in fact. There has been grief, longing but a level of acceptance that one day, some day, that hole would be filled.

For you see, although I have owned (or been owned by) cats, I am a dog person. My parents had a dog before I was born. I grew up with dogs and formed strong bonds with dogs of relatives and close friends.

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Snowdrops

Self care. Self love. I’ve been trying to work on this for a while. Sometimes it seems too hard. Too many other things I ‘should’ be doing. Too tired. Not enough time, energy, money, self discipline…blah blah…excuses…

I’ve made self care lists… have a massage, a long bath, a walk by myself, a girls’ weekend. Things that often seemed too big or tricky to fit into my sometimes complicated life.

I felt like I ‘should’ do affirmations. ‘I love and approve of myself’ and all that but they just left me feeling squirmy, like I was telling lies. I know lots of people swear by affirmations but they haven’t been right for me.

One day in the midst of the morning rush, I was doing my usual glaring at myself in the mirror as I ‘slapped’ on some moisturiser. I realised I was almost literally slapping myself. I was being rough, harsh and heavy with my hands as I was critical about my skin – irritated, red, blotchy, flaky.

Stop.

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Some years ago I read an analogy about lotus flowers emerging from the dirty mud. I was going through some tough times and it struck a chord.

Beauty from the ugly.

Light from the dark.

Hope.

They say if you haven’t learnt a particular lesson that it will continue to present itself until you do. History repeating and all that.

Our spa had been neglected all winter after yet another thing went wrong with it. Muck, gunk and general revoltingness developed. Completely unpleasant and uninviting.

dirty spa

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Anyone who knows me knows I have a sweet tooth, particularly for chocolate. Luckily, in the last year or so I have discovered a veritable plethora of healthy chocolate delicacies and I’ve been sneaking them into anyone who crosses my path…

Raw cacao is packed with antioxidants and magnesium and even when baked, doesn’t send my young man into crazy-person status like heavily processed chocolate can. I can also hide spirulina powder into his chocolate spelt muffins or brownies.

Sweeteners like maple syrup, rice malt syrup and depending on your tolerance of fructose, honey and dates, are also easier on the system and less likely to invoke nasty sugar highs and subsequent slumps.

Combine these with healthy fats like coconut oil, coconut cream, macadamia oil, nuts and seeds and you stay satisfied for longer and need to eat less.

Win.

These are some of the chocolate creations that are currently on high rotation in our house and I’ve been steadily working on converting other families by taking them to gatherings and the like.

If I think they might not react enthusiastically at first, I don’t mention the ingredients or that they’re ‘healthy’ until after the oohs and aahs have emerged. I can’t count the number of requests I’ve had for the recipes so here they are.

Delicious. Healthy. Simple.

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