Top Ten Fun Food Facts from Singapore

Trip Start Jan 09, 2010
Trip End May 20, 2010

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Some fun things I have discovered about food in Singapore:

1. Kiwi dragonfruit juice may be the best thing I have ever tasted, despite its disconcerting colour combination.

2. Knives are a no-show - even if you're eating a quarter chicken, you work with a spoon and fork! And the Indonesian panggang happens to make a phenomenal barbecued quarter chicken.

3. Apom balik - essentially a banana pancake with this banana syrup - is a phenomenal and cheap breakfast (60 Singaporian cents a pancake - the equivalent of 45 cents Canadian).

4. There are no real breakfast type foods (even apom balik is considered more of a snack than breakfast food) - people just eat the same rice or noodle type dishes that they enjoy for lunch and dinner. This was very confusing when I first got here.

5. Milo is omnipresant. Milo is like the coke-owned version of hot chocolate. Except that it tastes slightly different - its hard to describe, its has a distinctive taste, different from hot chocolate but closer to that than anything else I can think of. You can get hot milo, cold milo, milo juiceboxes, milo chocolate bars, even milo mcflurries at McDonald's - from vending machines or coffee shops, its EVERYWHERE.

6. Cheese prata - hard to describe, its a type of dough that they flip around in this awesome cool way to stretch it out super thin, and then they put stuff on top - my favourite being cheese - and fold it up before grilling it to perfection.

7.Edamame is a cold dish here!

8. Fresh fruit is available everywhere and is super cheap. I can get a huge slice of watermelon for the equivalent of 30 Canadian cents. Its incredible - I live on watermelon these days.

9. Alpokat juice. It's essentially an Indonesian avocado milkshake, super thick and you have it with chocolate or coffee syrup. Its so thick its more of a meal than a drink - I know people who regularly have them as breakfast.

10. There is NO crusty bread to be found in Singapore - all is soft, rubber-bread style.

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