After more than two months in Vietnam, landing in Singapore was an incredible culture shock. Singapore is shiny, it’s clean. There are huge shopping malls instead of ramshackle markets. Everything in Singapore is air conditioned, so no one is sitting out on the sidewalk trying to catch a breeze. Spitting on the sidewalk in Singapore will get you fined. And in Singapore, you can eat delicious food from all over the globe.
When we arrived in Singpore some of our friends from Sydney were here for a quick holiday as well. As we strolled through the malls and shopped and ate I told her, “I feel like I can’t really focus on anything. There’s so much STUFF here! I don’t know where to look.” Living in a Communist country for two months will do that to you.
In Singapore we’re staying in Little India. We didn’t really pick this neighbourhood on purpose, we just happened to find a good hotel here. But, now that we’ve been here for a few days, I’m thrilled that we ended up in Little India. The food, people. It’s all about the food.
Our hotel is about two blocks away from the Tekka Centre, the largest Indian hawker centre in Singapore. Every other day we head over there for a fast, tasty and cheap meal. It’s amazing! We sit at tables with locals and we all dig into plates of rice and dahl, using our fingers and sweating under the fans.
Why don’t we have more places like this in Sydney?? Sharing a table with people you don’t know is such a great way to meet new friends. Without fail, every time we sit down the locals strike up a conversation with us. They want to know where we’re from, how do we like Singapore, is the food tasty, have we tried the biryani from that stall over there because it really is the best? It’s great fun!
We’ve also tried Indian food outside of the hawker centre and it’s all been consistently delicious. One of our favourite meals in Little India was a Komala’s Vegetarian Restaurant on Serangoon Road. The food was outstanding and the portions were SO huge. I ordered the dosai meal, which came with three different types of vegetable curries (green bean, potato and okra) and a piping hot dosai that was literally as long as my arm. When they delivered the plate to me, I could not stop laughing! How on Earth was I going to eat all this?? Luckily the food was incredibly good and I have a husband who likes to help me out! We managed to finish the Monster Dosai together!
I’ll write more about some of the other food we’ve been having in Singapore in another couple of posts (I can’t wait to tell you about the Maxwell Hawker Centre!) Singapore is our last stop on a journey of 9 months that will bring us home to Sydney. What a way to wrap it all up!