Trip Start Dec 29, 2009
14Trip End May 13, 2010
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Some of the local Singaporean students brought a bunch of us exchangers out on what they called a "Foodie Outing". Yes, that’s right, an entire day dedicated to trying local cultural food. It was a fantastic day. Strangely enough, the night before a different group of Singaporeans took me out for a local dinner. Therefore, I had an entire weekend pretty much dedicated to the discovering, tasting and enjoying of food
I will start with Saturday night dinner. A few local girls took us to the East, which reputably has the best food in the country. We went to a porridge place where the girl ordered in Chinese for all of us. The meal? Stingray, some green vegetable, and frog porridge. As someone who doesn’t fancy fish, I was apprehensive, but the stingray was delightful. Very light. My only complaint would be the excess of small bones you have to wary of. The greens were heavily garlicked, and thus delicious. The frog, surprisingly, didn’t have much of a taste. It was pretty much like eating chicken, which a slightly rubbery consistency. The porridge was oddly comforting and made you feel warm inside. It was a great meal, all in all. For dessert we tried local fruits. I had another go at the durian and I maintain that it gets better the more you eat it. I also learned a neat trick about how to wash your mouth and hands out with water from the durian shell to get rid of the smell that would otherwise stay in your pores like garlic. The jumba fruit has a consistency of starfruit, but a taste closer to apple. Very refreshing. The mangosteen is by far my favorite fruit here. It is fruit that is sweet and tangy almost as a citrus. You have to open in by applying pressure to the soft shell until it cracks so you can extract the fruit, but the juice inside will stain just about anything so it is a precarious undertaking
Moving on to Sunday, the Foodie Outing. This was an all day extravaganza that left me feeling very satisfied. We started around noontime with kaya butter toast and soft-boiled eggs with dark soy sauce. I definitely think I will be taking this back to the States with me for breakfast. Kaya is a coconut egg jam that is spread on just about anything, but really it reminds me of caramel it’s so sweet. The soft-boiled eggs were mixed with soy, a little pepper, and drunk from shallow bowls. Delicious.
Next we moved on to Bah Kut teh, a pork ribs soup, with fried dough fritters you can dip in the broth. Really quite yummy, but very salty. We then walked for a while to give our stomachs a rest and ended up at a hawker stall where the food was practically endless. We tried peanut soup (a dessert actually), claypot chicken rice (sounds simple, but the way they make it gives it a very sweet flavor), sugar cane juice (not as sweet as I expected), banana fritters, bobochacha (http://asiarecipe.com/sindesserts.html#bob) and a few others that need more description. First, my favorite dessert, the ice kachang! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/superlocal/93851975/) Yes, you see that correctly, there is corn in that ice flavored with syrup and mixed with red beans, condensed milk, and assorted jellies
Okay! So the only other item worth mentioning would be the bah kwa. The best way to describe this is beefy jerky, but good. It is pork that is pounded until very thing, and once again, is sweet. Asians must love sweet food, because their milk and coffee are all sweetened, they put condensed milk on most desserts and even their meat is sweet! You can’t have a lot of bah kwa at once, but a few bites are quite nice. Thus ends my description of my fooding adventures. Hungry?