Singapore: Day FiveJune 28, 2012
Posted by Kanga.
Yes, we are eating again. Every day, it seems. This is Indian food from a restaurant next door to our hotel. Chicken tikka, malai kofta, onion pakora, garlic naan, and butter naan. (Around $20.00 / $16 US)
We ventured out by way of metro train and our feet. I love the trees here. Lovely, old growth trees with ferns growing in their joints.
This bus stop was covered in red octopi. Apparently, Octo is the mascot for a bank.
Then we reached the motherlode – Kinokuniya Bookstore. I brought three books with me (actually four because one is two books bound together). They won’t last me the entire trip. I have already finished two. So, this necessitated the acquisition of MORE.
The fact that they separate Science Fiction from Fantasy makes me love this bookstore even more. Lumping these two genres together is just dumb.
Have I mentioned that I love the trees here?
Then, to Food Road Chinatown. Yes, I really did see a sign that said “Food Road Chinatown.” It is lined with restaurants and food booths. We had pork buns ($1.00 each).
Then we walked past this Buddhist temple, which, according to the map, is Buddha’s Tooth Relic Temple.
Have I mentioned the TREES? Behind these trees is the Maxwell Food Centre.
Food centers (or hawker centers) are roofed areas with many small food booths and most anything to eat or drink. This is where the best chicken and rice is, according to Adrianna and Anthony Bourdain (TV travel/food show host).
There was a long line, a good sign.
Here it is. It was cheaper than the chicken rice we had previously ($7.00 / $5.50 US for both servings). The soup, however, did not have peanuts and lotus root in it, just broth. It was not served with as many cucumbers, either. Tasted very good, but I did not see a significant difference from the previous meal.
We headed back to the hotel with our books for an early evening.