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Singapore Food Festival in Manila

Posted by on Jul 20, 2010 in Career, Events, Food, Travel | 8 comments

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If you look at my archive, you will see that I have tons of posts about Singapore.  There are many reasons why I love dropping by the country often.  One, they host a great Formula 1 race, two – the food is just great, three – it’s so safe traveling there alone, four – you’ll never run out of places to go to or run out of subjects to take pictures with, five – commuting is very very easy.

Vince was invited to a lunch function at the Heritage Hotel celebrating Singapore Food Festival here in the Philippines and I tagged along with him, pleading with my puppy eyes so that he’ll bring me with him.  As I write, Singapore is actually celebrating their Food Festival from July 16 to 25.  So, if it’s not too late and you’re dropping by at these dates, you are in luck!

This year, the Singapore Food Festival will highlight the specialty dishes of Singapore’s big Chinese population, which means servings of Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, Hakka and Hainanese food.  30 Restaurants and Hawker centers participating will be under one roof at the Clarke Quay Food Street on Read Bridge from July 16 to 24, 4pm to 11pm.  Food meals and Chinese delicacies would only cost around SGD $2!  If you want a more luxurious experience and you are willing to pay SGD $35 per person, you can opt to join the Singapore Chinese Dialect Tingkat Cruise. woot!

I may not be in Singapore but I tagged along Vince to celebrate the Singapore Food Festival right here in Manila 😛

*by the way, I forgot to watermark these photos… no stealing lah… ask permission then I’d be generous ^_^

*I’m trying to revive my Nikon D40.  The kit lens seems okay now…

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Getting ready for Singapore Food

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Singapore Slaw

Appetizer… they’re all vegetables made of cabbage, carrots, I think some radish and papaya. 😛  There was no description of the food in the menu so I’m just trying to remember how it tasted for me to describe it.

This dish is both sweet and sour.  Don’t apply too much sauce like I did.  I poured everything which made the salad so sour lol

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Nyona Meatball Soup (Bawan Kepeting)

This is like “Sinigang” but there isn’t really a “sour” factor to it.  The soup has a lot of “meat” taste to it with just enough saltiness and sweetness.

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Singapore Noodle Combination:

Mee Goreng and Singapore Laksa (Nyona Laksa)

OwMayGATT!  This is the spicy one!

I have low tolerance for spicy food but the food looked yummy when it was served so — ATTACK!

The Mee Goreng is like our pancit but it has more hint of tomato sauce and chili combined with lots of veggies like cabbage and (not sure what that other veggie was)  It also had tofu, shrimp, bean sprouts

They asked the cook to be more gentle on the spiciness.  And yes it is less spicy than the one I tasted in Singapore but can still make your dandruff dance (okay TMI) lol

If you think you need more spice and flavor, then add a little bit more of the Shrimp Paste served on the side.

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I have tasted the Asam Laksa (Sour) before in Malaysia but it was my first time tasting Nyona Laksa.

Asam Laksa is more spicy and has shrimp, Nyona Laksa however is not sour at all but it has more coconut milk on it, shrimp, anchovies and has a little bit of “curry” taste due to the combination of coconut milk, eggs and chili

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But who can’t resist this?  And the flavor is just something we don’t eat here often.. yummy lah!

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We finished it even if it was spicy because it was soooo good!

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Hainanese Chicken Rice

Of course, the meal won’t be complete without Chicken Rice 😛

They said that Heritage Hotel serves the best Hainanese Chicken Rice.  It really is GOOD! But if this place is too far for you, you can also try Shiok Restaurant at The Fort or Singapore Chicken Rice Restaurant at Araneta Cubao Center.

Both have yummy Chicken Rice at very affordable price :)

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Oh! Dessert! <3

Sago Gula Melaka with Melaka Ice Cream

It’s a Fusion dessert actually.  The creamy sweet at the base of the ice cream is made up of dissolved muscovado sugar with Tapioca.

I know, I wish I booked a ticket and experience this myself.  I went there last year on October and Universal Studios wasn’t finished yet, the 3 Towers and the Sands Sky Park weren’t finished yet.  If you are watching the Formula 1 in Singapore on the last week of September and you have the Bay Grandstand tickets, then you are in luck because the view will become more spectacular with the Sands Sky Park in place…

I envy you guys who are coming… I didn’t plan on going this year so just update me with your pictures and experiences yah?

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The Helix Bridge that you see was still under construction when I went there.

I am not sure if this bridge is finished yet.

The bridge looks like a DNA :)

The bridge takes you to the three towers.

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See, I didn’t know at that time that they had huge plans for the three towers… It didn’t look as special when they were still constructing it.

I was watching TV earlier and this is going to be featured in Nat Geo Megastructures (not sure)

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Beautiful Sky with the Singapore Flyer

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If you missed the Singapore Food Festival, you can catch up and watch the most luxurious sporting event in the world in a very Classy City along Marina Bay of Singapore on Sep. 24-26 :)

Live, Work and Play in Singapore

Singapore is a fusion of different cultures.  A Global City teeming with lots of opportunities.  Every time I visit Singapore, I experience a first-world lifestyle fueled by a multi-cultural society, different tastes, adventures and discoveries.  Every time I come to Singapore, there’s always something new.

Singapore is easily accessible within the region with more than 80 airlines operating over 4,000 weekly flights to more than 180 cities in 50 countries.  If you love the metropolitan way of live, the sophisticated feel of the city with modern infrastructures and a stable political environment then you might want to stay in Singapore a little bit longer.  Contrary to the belief that Singapore is closing their doors to foreign workforce, Singapore has more than 7,000 multinational companies operating in various in-demand industries such as technology, manufacturing, research, electronics, chemicals, biomedical sciences, infocomms, digital media, engineering, transportation and financial services.

Check out the following websites if you want to know more about opportunities in Singapore:

www.contactsingapore.sg

www.yoursingapore.com

www.stb.gov.sg

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8 Comments

  1. wootwoot! hainanese chicken! saraaap! 😛 btw, you’re pretty in your dress! witwiw! 😛

  2. singaporean food is almost like malaysian food =)

  3. How long is the Singapore Food Festival running at the Heritage Hotel?

    The food looks so yummy from your pictures, it makes me want to trek down to HH to have some of the mee goreng. Great shots!

  4. Oh no, I am not sure if Heritage Hotel runs the Festival themselves. But I do know that they serve the “Hainanese Chicken Rice” at lease. You can probably contact them and ask if they also serve Mee Goreng and Laksa in their menu to be sure :)

  5. *drools* akala ko pa naman dito sa Manila yung festival T_T

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