the singapura eating experience round one chapter two

day one dinner was at Newton Food Centre, a mere 5-6 minutes walk from our hotel, Sheraton.
after dropping off our Ikea purchases and resting a bit, we proceeded to the place: a hawker-type center with rows of eateries to choose from. it was packed, as almost anywhere in Singapore was, but we were able to spot a free area for the group.

we ordered mild tom yum soup, noodles, beef & chicken satay and barbecue chicken wings. and yes, we had to make do with what was only given to us to eat from and with: styrofoam bowls and plastic spoons for the soup, and wooden chopsticks. nothing else. pretty inconvenient, but what the heck! this is as authentic as it gets!
after dinner, we took the bus to Little India for the 24 hour shopping centre, Mustafa Centre. we didn't stay long there, though. the whole center was, erm, overwhelming, if you get my drift.

we decided to end the day/night with, noooo, not coffee although we originally thought of it, but ehem, ice cream. at past 12 midnight, would you imagine!. sheesh, reminds me of the ice cream craving we satisfied also around midnight, last month at the Manila Peninsula Hotel.

Swensen's was the spot, just below the Crown Plaza Hotel along Orchard Road. boy, was i intent on having that ice cream! this was no time to be on diet...i was on vacation for chrissakes!

oooooh, what to eat...what to eat...there were so many to choose from! i was torn between Frosted Chocolate Malt (frosted chocolate malt ice cream with marshmallow topping, hot fudge and chocolate balls) and Sticky Chewy Chocolate (sticky chewy chocolate ice cream completely engulfed with hot fudge).

i chose Frosted Chocolate Malt (right) since it's an all time favorite but darn, i wanted that sticky chewy chocolate, too! i was selling it to ryan, but he just wouldn't buy! grrrr, he and celine ordered Hot Fudge Sundae (two scoops of vanilla ice cream with hot fudge and almonds), while gino and kaye ordered White Chocolate Blondie (almond-filled rich white chocolate blondie sizzling with maple butter syrup and a shower of pistachios, peanuts and almonds). ria, on the other hand, brought her south beach diet to singapore, so she just ordered coffee at adjacent starbucks.

haha, look at me attack the monster. no time to be shy, folks! i don't get to eat like this back home!

as usual, curious celine just had to dip in. HAD TO. i didn't mind. we all dipped into each other's ice cream anyway. except for ria, that is. but i'm sure she wanted to!

finally. day one over and out, and we have just started!

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L-R: moi, ria, kaye, gino, ryan & celine

posted by vina @ 7:16 PM           

17 Comments:

At 5:25 PM, June 15, 2006, Anonymous snglguy said...

Oohh, the food hawkers center. For hygienic reasons, I never eat street foods locally other than fishballs, hehe.

But in S'pore and HK, its street foods all the way babeh! Mas malinis eh, and yummy too :-D

I'm lucky I have relatives both in HK and M'sia/S'pore who always bring me to the best street foods in town.

Did you guys try the fried oyster cake?

 
At 6:12 PM, June 15, 2006, Blogger Ben Tan said...

guess you have stock up enough food for next two days? cool blog...

 
At 6:57 PM, June 15, 2006, Blogger twistedman said...

ei, thanks for dropping by in my home. that ice cream looks YUMMY! i'll be going to Singapore this 24th. staying at at a small inn in waterloo street. it'll be first time to set foot in singapore. i hope i'll have a great time too!

 
At 7:40 PM, June 15, 2006, Blogger cruise said...

mas trip ko kumain sa mga hawker sa singapore, kasi bukod sa mura talaga eh healty healty pa ang dating. gusto ko din yung singaporean noodles na lalagyan ng mahanghang na sauce.

 
At 7:50 PM, June 15, 2006, Blogger vina said...

hi SNGLGUY! like you, i'm not too fond of philippine streetfood, except for fishballs. but it's a different story abroad! man, those chinese and thai streetfood are the best, regardless if its clean or not, hehe.

i haven't heard of that fried oyster cake. and where in singapore were we supposed to have had that?

 
At 7:54 PM, June 15, 2006, Blogger vina said...

hello BENTAN! stock up for two days? more like just hours! we were hungry all the time! must be because of all that walking.

thanks!

 
At 7:56 PM, June 15, 2006, Blogger vina said...

TWISTEDMAN, i hope you'll have a great time in singapore! few simple reminders: always buckle up in cabs, no eating/drinking and smoking in cabs, trains, and inside most of the establishments, including toilets. now you know why singapore is a FINE city!

 
At 7:58 PM, June 15, 2006, Blogger vina said...

hi CRUISE, salamat for cruising by...oo nga, but not only is singapore's own food great, madami talagang mapagpipilian!

 
At 10:35 PM, June 15, 2006, Anonymous charles ravndal said...

very nice pictures and also yummy desserts! hmmmmmm... you really had fun there didnt you...hehehehe

 
At 11:25 PM, June 15, 2006, Blogger tin-tin said...

naku! don't weigh yourself nga for two weeks muna. hehe. but at least you enjoyed your vacation. that's the most important thing :)

 
At 2:21 AM, June 16, 2006, Blogger c o n s u e l a said...

vina! omigosh...I'm so envious! I wish Honolulu had some kind of hawker food center...I miss KL and Sporean cheap good eats!

looks like you had a great time and that dessert looks so sinful :)

would you be interested in trading links? take care vina....

 
At 9:37 AM, June 16, 2006, Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I literally became hungry just by reading your post :)

Love looking at the hot fudge sundae pic. If ever you visit NYC, check out Serendipity's version of it.

 
At 10:22 AM, June 16, 2006, Blogger vina said...

hi CHAS! yummy, indeed. and boy did we have fun, aching muscles and all! sana makabalik ulit...

hello pretty TIN. ay talaga, i wouldn't weigh myself for two weeks. back to starvation muna ako. pero yesterday andami ng kain ko sa isang bday party! may becky's kitchen chocolate pa, and then there are chocolates at home that keep on calling my name...

 
At 10:24 AM, June 16, 2006, Blogger vina said...

aloha CONSUELA. aaaaw, i'm sure you do miss this kind of good eats. *pats back*

trade links no problemo!

 
At 10:28 AM, June 16, 2006, Blogger vina said...

yo, seƱor eric! thanks for taking the time to actually read everything, hehe.

if ever i visit NYC...hmmmm...let me see...when will that ever be?

but who knows, right? and serendipity will definitely be on my list!

 
At 4:17 PM, June 16, 2006, Blogger racky said...

buti hanggang lunok-laway lang ako dito! :D

food trip talaga kayo ah!

 
At 4:49 PM, June 16, 2006, Blogger vina said...

hi RACKY. talap talap kasi. i bet matagal ka nang hindi nakakain ng ganitong klase, ano?

 

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