Posts Tagged ‘Food Trail’

Makan Expedition with Fiji Water

Food Expeditions aka Food Trails are getting more popular in Singapore it seems. People are no longer just satisfied dining in a nice restaurant, they now want to make an adventure out of it. And if you have a good weekend afternoon to spare, with some friends who are game enough to join you, I say why not? It’s money well spent, judging from the response garnered by the Fiji Water Signature Creations Expedition I attended last month.

You can read more about how the Fiji Water Signature Creations Expedition works here, but basically for $180, you get to try a signature dish each at 6 different restaurants, each paired with a glass of wine and FIJI Water. No need to worry about how to get around as we were chauffeured, and the whole event took 6 hours! After all the food and nearly unlimited amounts of wine, I saw many happy faces near the end of the day. Hic.

~~ Absinthe Restaurant Francais ~~

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We started off the event by gathering at Absinthe Restaurant at Boat Quay.  I’d been to Absinthe Restaurant Francaise only once a few years ago, and that was when they were still at Bukit Pasoh. I love dining at French restaurants. The meal usually spans 3 hours and even though it is expensive, you are paying for 3 hours of luxurious enjoyment. Definitely not for people who like gobbling down their food fast. Love the shop house location, woody tones with ornate touches here and there! I definitely want to come back to Absinthe again for lunch.

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Foie Gras Terrine with Brioche by Chef Francois Mermilliod Served with Konrad Gewurztraminer 2013

Looks like I am having 3 wines, but nope, only 2 glasses are mine. One was the bubbly they served to make sure all the guests start off on a happy note. The Foie Gras Terrine was EXCELLENT. It was smooth and silky, and in quite a generous portion, really the next best thing to eating foie gras itself. The warm brioche was really fluffy and buttery tasting and actually warm when served. Don’t you just hate the 1st world problem where your starter is so good that you want to eat it all, yet you worry it might fill you up too much and ruin your main meal?

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Singapore Food Trail – Part 2

More pictures of my visit to the Singapore Food Trail Food Street hawker centre at the Singapore Flyer. Calling it a hawker centre seems incorrect, yet it is not a food court either since food courts are air conditioned? Perhaps Food Street really is the correct word since it used to be a driveway before it got converted into this new eating concept. And if you look at the flooring, it is designed to look like a road, complete with the double yellow lines at the side!

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This is the “indoor” seating area, which seems to be more popular than the “outdoor” area. Indoor or outdoor, the whole place is not air-conditioned. I didn’t feel hot though, it seemed pretty breezy. One bad thing about sitting here is that when a hawker goes on a vengeance and starts deep frying something, you and your clothes can’t escape the smell.

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This is the more “outdoor” seating as it faces the main road. It can get quite sunny here even though the shelter covers all the seats. But one thing good about sitting at this area is that you don’t get the smoke smells from the cooking.

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Satay Bee Hoon – Not that fantastic. Very few ingredients and satay sauce had no kick. If you like the non-heavy type, then perhaps this may be for you.

Singapore Food Trail (20) Did you know, VitaMilk (soya bean drink with added milk powder) has palm oil in it?

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Popiah for $2 each. There isn’t a sign to tell you upfront that you have to buy a minimum of 2 popiahs, so be warned.

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They also have a little area showcasing objects from an era past.

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I love this little tiny museum of sorts!

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Old F&N Soft Drink Bottles

Singapore Food Trail (23) There is even a juke box belting out old songs. It seems like you can choose the songs you want by pressing on the buttons. It’s free. I chose a michael jackson song, so that when it played, i would be able to recognise it from all the old Chinese songs that I have never heard before. Didn’t hear the Michael Jackson song come up though.

IMG_8103 Old typewriter. I still have one in my house! When I was younger, I derived much pleasure in jamming all the keys together!

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Laminated old photos to reminisce the old times (sounds like I am the one reminiscing, but no I was not born yet in 1958.)

Singapore Food Trail (36) Oh yes, almost forgot that the Singapore Flyer’s main business is getting people to go on the Flyer itself….Well I think the Singapore Flyer’s marketing team have hit the jackpot this time round. The new Singapore Food Trail is sure to pull in the crowds. Even the tourists were enjoying their food there. Not so sure if the restaurants would welcome the Food Trail, but if you’ve a shop selling something there, you’ll be happy.

For more pictures, see Singapore Food Trail Part 1


Singapore Food Trail

Checked out the newly opened Singapore Food Trail Food Street at the Singapore Flyer today. Costing $2m in investments, it is Singapore’s first 1960s-themed food street (opened by Select Group Ltd) and boasts a mix of heritage hawkers who represent Singapore’s original and most famous hawker foods.

One look at the place, and I kinda fell in love with the concept already. I’m a sucker for nostalgia and it is one of my regrets that I didn’t get to experience “old Singapore” before it disappeared. This place is a replica but at least it’s better than nothing, and certainly much better than the generic and soulless food courts you find so often at shopping malls. You will also find some of the stuff here prepared the old fashioned way, such as sugar cane being pressed with a hand cranked machine, ice for ice kachang shaved by yet another hand cranked machine. You can even find ice balls here!

The food we ordered in general is quite good, but not superb like I was hoping it to be. There are however quite a number of established names here, who have been in the food business for 30 – 50 years.

The place was bustling like mad and each stall had a queue 3 or 4 people long on average. This is a testimony to the fact that Singaporeans still have feelings for the past, so let’s think twice before we raze down anything that doesn’t look remotely modern in the name of profits.

Check out the photos I took at the Singapore Food Trail Food Street below. Will post more up tomorrow!

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Old Airport Road Satay Bee Hoon & Satay Celup

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High Street Tai Wah Pork Noodle

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Soft Drinks in bottles! Think the shape of the bottles aren’t the same as those in the 60s and 70s, but still, I find it fun to drink out of a glass bottle than a plastic bottle or aluminium can.

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Sugar cane being juiced the old fashioned way.

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Hokkien Mee $5 – Was tasty and light, but didn’t have the lard taste that would have brought it up a few notches. This would be perfect for healthy people.

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Chicken Rice Set $8 – Found the chicken to be really tasty. Would definitely try this again.

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Fish Ball Noodles $4 – Not bad, and the chilli was pretty good. The fishballs are slightly larger than usual.

We also wanted to order the Popiah. Each costs $2 but you have to order a minimum of 2. Be warned lest you line up for 10 minutes only to be disappointed.

For more photos, please see Singapore Food Trail Part 2

The Singapore Food Trail is open from 10.30am to 10.30pm from Sunday to Thursday, and from 10.30am to 11.30pm on Friday and Saturday.

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