Saturday 19th February 2011


I spent the night packing most of my luggage and got up a bit earlier this morning to have time to go out and buy my ‘last’ breakfast.

White Carrot Cake - SD$3

Crystal Chicken Feet - SD$3
These would have been perfect to nibble on with a beer.

Prawn Mee - SD$3.80

My cousins and Aunty saw me off at the airport, but not before grabbing some lunch at the Paradise Inn upstairs in Terminal One.


Bitter Gourd

Fried Rice with Prawns and Roe

Pork and Wintermelon Soup

For dessert – Red Bean Soup

Next stop – Penang, for Kenny and Jeanette’s wedding!

It was a very short flight from Singapore to Penang. I immediately made my way to the hotel by taxi and checked in. The roaming on my phone wasn’t working so I couldn’t catch up with my friends who arrived a few days ago, so I took a taxi to the groom-to-be’s parents’ house for a pre-wedding dinner celebration.

Kenny’s parents had hired a catering company to put on a feast for us! There were bowls of Penang laksa served and I started on those. I didn’t have my camera with me so no photos. After the laksa, I hit the buffet. There were warm dishes being served by the caterers.

They also had someone cooking hor fun to order and someone making ice kachang to order. Just what we needed to cool down on such a hot night.

I ate while balancing my two plates on my arm. Good to see that the skills I picked up while working in hospitality all those years ago still comes in handy!

Photos from Penang courtesy of Benoit's Photography.

Friday 18th February 2011


I took the MRT to one of my favourite places in Singapore - Bugis.

Each year they have a display for Chinese New Year in the centre of the mall strip. You can read your Chinese Zodiac horoscope.

I walked back and forth in the hawker centre, trying to decide what I was going to eat for lunch. I couldn't go past the Waterloo Hainanese Chicken Rice stall. The staff working there were dubious when I told them I was Hainanese until the one preparing my food began talking in Hainanese to me and I was able to reply in Hainanese.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Set - SD$4

The set came with a serve of rice, soup and sliced steamed chicken on a bed of sliced cucumber and a side of boiled greens, all drizzled with some soy sauce. I polished off everything!

There is so much to do, eat and see. There are department stores, street stalls in the malls and the largest street market in Singapore. There's a hawker centre, food courts, restaurants and numerous eateries on the surrounding streets. You could spend days there exploring everything!

In the afternoon I had some sushi when I got hungry. I love the fresh individually packed pieces. I think I’ve eaten more sushi this week in Singapore than I’ve eaten all year in Perth.

I also had a refreshing fruit juice. I asked for strawberry and mango, but it turned out to just be strawberry. Would be nice with a bit of vodka in it...

I had dinner at home tonight – Aunty cooked. We had a beef stirfry, chilli eggplant, panfried salmon and a pork and vegetable stirfry.

My cousin was going to take me out for supper tonight, but when he hadn’t shown up by 10:30pm, I decided I’d get ready for bed. He rocked up at midnight! I quickly changed and we went out for drinks.

I had a few shooters – haven’t had shooters for years!
And we each had a lychee martini.

Mee Poh for supper!

Thursday 17th February 2011


Breakfast - Shui Kueh SD$1.10 and Carrot Cake SD$.70

Lunch - Yong Tau Foo - SD$4.50

Second Lunch - Combination Hor Fun

I went bowling with my cousin and his son at the Chevrons in the afternoon. Back in Perth I like to think after a few beers in the bowling alley I get better or at least I can blame my poor performance on the beer. Today I concluded that I play crap with or without the beer!

Afternoon Snack - I shared a Chicken Pie and Garlic Bread

I met up with my cousins on my dad's side of the family and this time my Aunty was back in Singapore and joined us. She's such a cute little old lady - in her seventies and still sturdy as ever even after knee replacement surgery last year.

We drove to Sembawang and ate at Sembawang White Bee Hoon.

As the name suggests, they are well known for their signature dish - white bee hoon! It was soooo good! Very simple home style cooking. Not oily, not fussy and not salty.

We also had a few other dishes:

Sweet and Sour Pork

Pan Fried Fish with Spring Onion, Coriander & Tomato

Sambal Kang Kong

Yes, I ate oh so much today!

Just as we were heading home after dinner, we spotted a small street parade of lion dancers and three people dressed up as the three Star Gods - Health, Wealth and Prosperity.

Wednesday 16th February 2011


Laksa for breakfast - SD$3

I know, my aunty is bewildered as to how I can eat laksa for breakfast and for the millionth time this week. It's slightly different depending on where I buy it from so it's like eating a different dish each time. It sure beats cooking it myself.

My cousin took me out shopping for kitchenwares today on Orchard Road. But first, we went to get lunch. Oh, so important!

Indonesian Restaurant

Level 2, International Building, Orchard Road

They provide an all-you-can-eat set menu for lunch for only SD$17.88++ - how ridiculously great value is that!?

Look at the spread of dishes!

When you finish one dish, you can ask for another serve. They keep replenishing the food if you're willing to eat it! The most important thing to remember is to not eat too much rice!

I left a little bit of rice.

I would definitely recommend coming back to this place again next time I'm in Singapore! Each dish had its own textures and flavours - I especially loved the okra, prawns, and beef dish. It was sort of like a rendang. The beef just melted in your mouth!

I was ecstatic with some of the bargains I scooped up in the department stores. Too bad I don't have more luggage space to carry more back with me! I am very eager to get home and start using my newly acquired items in the kitchen!

After shopping, coffee and a sit down at Toast Box.

After our very successful day of shopping (at least for me!), I caught up with another cousin and he took me for predinner drinks in Arab Street at a small place called Bar Stories. It's a tiny little place and had I not known it was there, I would have walked right on past it.

We went upstairs and sat at the tiny little bar and watched as our mixologist concocted our drinks. I don't know whether they have an actual menu or not, but we simply were encouraged to tell her what we like or felt like having in our cocktail and she created one for us.

My cousin had an expresso style coffee. She blowtorched the drink so that it was warm and garnished it with coffee beans. It tasted gorgeous!

I asked for something fruity and she made me an 'Apple Pie' cocktail. It tasted like a warm apple pie! I must say, it felt really healthy sipping our cocktails while sitting beside all this fresh fruit!


48 Bukit Pasoh Road

For dinner, we entered the world of fine French cuisine.

Our entrees:

Pan-fried Foie Gras with warm Blinis and Morello Cherries - SD$29++

Seared Hokkaido Scallops, Ragu of Spelt, Seaweed and Sea Urchin - SD$26++

Our mains:

Grilled Grain Fed Beef Tenderloin
with Creamy Polenta with Parmesan, grilled Portabello and Cep Jus - SD$46++

Crispy Braised Kurobuta Pork Belly
with Star Aniseed Jus, Kipfler Potatoes and Baby Fennel Salad - SD$40++

My cousin piled some of his food onto my plate so I got to taste a bit of everything. His beef tenderloin was to die for!! It was cooked to perfection - I wish I had ordered that instead!

We were keen to sample some of the cheeses after dinner but they took a while to get the cheese trolley around to our table so we ran out of time as we had to meet my other cousin for after dinner drinks. A pity - the cheeses looked fantastic!

For after dinner drinks we went to the new Fullerton Hotel and on the top storey there are some swimming pools and an alfreso dining area. It looks absolutely amazing and I just wish we had somewhere as glamorous as this to go to for after work drinks back home in Perth.

The view is spectacular.

Tuesday 15th February 2011


Today began with a delicious bowl of noodle soup.

Sliced Fish Bee Hoon Soup - SD$5

I asked for bee hoon with the soup but they gave me these thicker noodles. It didn't matter though because they tasted just as good. In fact, I was glad they gave me these noodles. It made for a nice change.

I caught up with Victoria again and this time she brought along her cousin, Ben. We met up outside Ngee Ann City and had time to go downstairs into the basement to get a snack before we went to have afternoon tea.

Takoyaki with Octopus! - SD$2.30 for 3 pieces

Level 1 Paragon, Orchard Road

This is a Milan inspired boutique pastry outlet and we were eager to sample their afternoon tea menu.

We started with a cocktail each!

From the afternoon tea menu, we decided to select a sweet set, a savoury set and a salad from the a la carte menu to share.

Our tea was served with a different little biscuit. Mine had pistachios on it.

The Imperial Set - a gorgeous little assortment of seven sweet pastries baked fresh daily on the premises - SD$20++

The 'imperial set' was acceptable, however there was no 'wow' factor. It turns out that none of the three of us are really sweets lovers but we shared each piece. The one that I liked the most was the little cream puff. It's probably the least expensive piece of dessert on the platter.

The Classic Set - a selection of five finger sandwiches and open sandwiches - SD$18++

We were deeply disappointed with this 'classic set'. They weren't finger sandwiches, nor were they open sandwiches. They were tiny little buns with a small slice of ham in them. There were a few tiny little tartlets - one with some sort of truffle flavoured pesto and the other I can't even remember. That's how memorable it was. We could have gone to one of the local bakery outlets like Bread Talk or Four Leaves and gotten some much tastier rolls for a much less.

Chicken Salad

The chicken salad was mediocre. Nothing special about it.

Overall, the food wasn't great. The service was slow and left alot to be desired. We were seated in a booth with the air conditioning blowing directly onto us. Even the cocktails didn't warm me up much. The display of cakes in the store looked inviting but I wouldn't venture here again.

A very disappointing experience.

We took a stroll outside on Orchard Road and then came across a bar set up alfresco style. Turns out it was the Crossroads Cafe at the Marriott Hotel. We sat outside and it cooled down considerably once the afternoon downpour started raining down.

We shared a bottle of white wine and a cheese platter.

Aah, this is much better than our disappointing afternoon tea.

In the evening we met up again at Timbre @ Old School at Mount Sophia for a few drinks.

Happy Hour - 2 pints and a Margherita Pizza for SD29++

Victoria had a Banana Crumble...

and I couldn't resist ordering some chips.

All in all a great day of just lazing around, eating and drinking. What better way to pass the day on your holiday?

++ denotes additional GST charge on top of price