Did you read my sister's post on that fabulous Singaporean meal in London? OMG, it has caused much turbulence here in Charlotte. I have been craving Kueh Pie Tee, Satay, Beef Rendang, and all things Singaporean ever since and am deeply frustrated by my lack of options.
As a result, I am dragging my friends, Swiss Chocolate and Rhoshogolla, to Cuisine Malaya in Uptown Charlotte tomorrow for lunch where I am going to declare that I am Singaporean and that they better serve me some authentic Beef Rendang! If not, they are going to be dealing with one grouchy and hungry Singaporean!
I also sent my mother an email this morning. My little family and I are going to Singapore to visit my parents at the end of the month, with our friend Kohlrabi and her little ones for our summer break. I will also be attending my 20-year reunion at RJ.... (wah lau, 20 years!). My mother had already informed me that she will be putting together an Excel spreadsheet for our 7 days there so that we squeeze in as much as possible during our stay. You know, Monday - Singapore Zoo, Tuesday - Botanic Gardens, Wednesday - that big ferris wheel that looks like the London Eye, so on and so forth. "You sure you don't want to take Kohlrabi to the Night Safari?" "No need, Amma! Zoo enough already!" The email I sent my mother this morning was a request to add another column to that spreadsheet specifying what we will be having for lunch and dinner that week. Tuesday - Botanic Gardens plus Dhoby Ghaut Popiah on the way back, Friday - Hindu Temple plus Maxwell Road Food Center etc.
I realized something though - many of the places that were popular 20 years ago when I left Singapore are not there anymore. I mean, where does one go for seriously good Satay? Satay Club is no more! It was razed for the durian building (convention center?). Seriously good architecture though....but that could have been placed anywhere! Is the Hokkien Fried Prawn Mee at Newton Circus still good? Botanic Gardens hawker center has Mee Pok made by Chinese from mainland China. Do they really know how to make Mee Pok?
So, I have a request to all our Singaporean readers and any recent visitors. Can you please tell me where we should go for the best local food? Please send us your comments and we will add it to the main text below. That way others can benefit too. Please give us as much color as you like and a pseudonym for yourself, if you prefer.
The Best of the Best:
1. Mee Pok (Dr Tea Party's husband tells us it is Siglap...)
PR: Basement of Sim Lim
Gula Melaka: Lavendar St Hawker Center
2. Hokkien Friend Prawn Mee
Gula Melaka: Chomp Chomp Hawker Center in Serangoon Gardens
3. Laksa (don't tell me Mandarin Hotel. I ain't going there!)
Gula Melaka: hawker center next to Esplanade
6. Kueh Pie Tee (Mrs Food Committee, thanks for organizing this for the RJ reunion! I'm looking forward to it!)
Harabu House: Chilli Padi
7. Malay lunch spread
8. Oyster Omelete
Truffle: East Coast Lagoon Center
Gula Melaka: Newton Circus
9. Shui Kueh (SCGS had some seriously good Shui Kueh back in the day!)
PR: New Tiong Bahru Market
Going with My Gut: also Tiong Bahru Market!
Harabu House: Ghim Moh Hawker Center
10. Roti Prata
That's it. 7 days and 10 dishes. Can we do it? Yes we can! Kohlrabi, please be prepared for this trip to revolve around food. Sorry, I am Singaporean lah!