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365days2play goes local!

As you must be well aware if you’ve been following this blog, that most of my posts centre around restaurant and cafe visits. This is because on the weekends, I like to relax and enjoy my time by hanging out at such places. Recently, a colleague mentioned that I may be able to garner more readership if I put up more recommendations of places with good local food. He may have a point. After all, the Singaporean taste bud ultimately hankers after simple local fare. And that’s really what we eat on a daily basis, not steak, lamb chops, fries, cake.

Unfortunately, I have to admit that I’m no expert when it comes to Singaporean local food. I don’t know where to find the best Satay, I don’t know where to find the best Mee Pok, and I most certainly don’t know where to find the best Kuay Chap, although I could possibly tell you where to find relatively good Kuay Chap. As much as I want readership, I have to direct you to Ieat.Ishoot.Ipost for the best local eats in Singapore. Dr Leslie Tay has documented local food options so extensively that it would take months (or years!) for me to even catch up with him, if I started today.

Meanwhile, here are some photos I took over the last year. Yes I do go to hawker centres and kopitiams, especially with my parents.

Fishball Mee Pok

Rojak (1)

Breakfast Fried Yellow Mee

Hokkien Mee

Changi Airport T3 Foodcourt - Carrot Cake

Old Airport Road Food Centre - Tau Suan (2)

Old Airport Road Food Centre - Best Red Bean Soup

Popiah

More coming up….

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!

Singapore Food Trail (3)

Singapore Food Trail (5)

Old Airport Road Satay Bee Hoon & Satay Celup

Singapore Food Trail (8)

High Street Tai Wah Pork Noodle

Singapore Food Trail (10)

Singapore Food Trail (17)

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.

Singapore Food Trail (16)

Sugar cane being juiced the old fashioned way.

Singapore Food Trail (12)

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.

Singapore Food Trail (13)

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

Singapore Food Trail (15)

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.

Man Zhu Restaurant at Chinese Swimming Club

The Man Zhu Restaurant at the Chinese Swimming Club is now officially open! After having undergone some renovations late last year, the place now looks so much better. The place looks refreshing and cozy, unlike the big cavernous impersonal mess that it was previously. There are even booth seats all along the glass walls if you are lucky enough to snag them.

After praying at 2 temples on the 3rd day of Chinese New Year, the 3rd Uncle’s family and us had a meal together at the Man Zhu Restaurant.

Man Chu Restaurant Hokkien Mee

Hokkien Mee $6.70 – When my hokkien mee arrived, everyone stopped eating for 2 seconds and stared at it. It was just chock full of ingredients from squid, prawns mushrooms and lots and lots of egg! Everything tasted very fresh and succulent. The broth was also quite light but would have been better if it had more kick. Something seemed to be lacking in the broth base, pork lard perhaps?

Man Chu Restaurant Chicken Chop

Chicken Chop char-grilled boneless chicken leg with potato cake $8 – According to my cousin, quite good

Man Chu Restaurant Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips – $7.60 – Tasty but oily

Man Chu Restaurant Broccoli

Broccoli with Mushroom $5.20

Man Chu Restaurant Fish Slices in Black Bean Sauce

Steamed Grouper Fillert with fermented black bean $9.50

Man Chu Restaurant Fried Omelette

Omelette $5.50 – Over fried to the point of tasting burnt

Man Chu Restaurant Stir Fried Vegetables

Shanghai Green $4.50

Man Chu Restaurant Iced Chendol

Chendol with red beans, green jelly, attap seeds, coconut milk and gula melaka – $3.10 I think I’ve never quite seen Chendol looking like this before. The coconut milk has kinda frozen on top of the pile of ice shavings. I have a really sweet tooth and often, I wish they would add more of the gula melaka but I never can bring myself to ask for more. Some how, the brain is wired to think that whatever the chef dishes out is maximum amount I can have for the day, and asking for more means going over the limit.

Man Chu Restaurant Seating Area (2) Man Chu Restaurant Seating Area

Get a seat by the windows and overlook the Olympic sized pools. You might spot a hunk or 2. Or you might spot a fat and hairy man.

 

*Man Zhu is open only to Members and Guests of the Chinese Swimming Club

Man Zhu Restaurant (located at the New Wing aka Sports Wing)

21 & 34 Amber Rd Chinese Swimming Club Singapore 439870

Mon – Thur- 11.30am to 10.00pm (last order at 9.30pm)

Fri & Eve of PH  11.30am to 10.30pm (last order at 10.00pm)

Saturday 7.30am to 10.30pm (last order at 10.00pm)

Sun 10.30am to 10.00pm (last order at 9.30pm)

http://www.chineseswimmingclub.org.sg/manzhu.htm

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