Browsing All posts tagged under »Singapore«

A Mini-Me Hot Pot

January 15, 2011

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“What you eat?” An elderly Singaporean auntie leaned over my shoulder, peering into the dregs of the now-cool pot in front of me. “That one fish, ah?” Surprised by this unexpected intrusion, I mumbled something about hot pot. “How much it cost?” she barked. “Last time I order fish steamboat it not nice. Not nice, ah.” […]

Singapore’s Secret Soup – The CEO Version

January 6, 2011

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Singapore’s sweaty stickiness is somehow soup weather. It’s a strange phenomenon, especially for those who consider soup the antidote for cold dark northern winters. But when you’re hungry, thirsty and hot, soup can solve two of the three problems. Air-conditioning can solve the third. And so this CEO-approved version of Singapore’s Secret Soup is a winner on three fronts. In […]

Run Roti Run

December 28, 2010

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The conversation should have gone like this: “I want roti prata for breakfast” … “YOU CAN’T HANDLE ROTI PRATA FOR BREAKFAST!” Instead the conversation went: “Do you want to walk down to the corner and have roti prata for breakfast?”  And the reply: a pleasant “yeah”. And off we set. But the truth is… curry […]

Christmas Culture Clash

December 17, 2010

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Darling Man is Buddhist and a minimalist. Trying to make him understand the mish-mash of Christmas traditions is difficult. So when I announced I was buying the baby three Christmas presents, a discussion began that appeared to be a highway to an argument. “Buy them in Vietnam,” he said, dismissively. “It’s cheaper.” “But we’re going […]

Hor Fun For The Whole Family

December 17, 2010

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It seemed about time we tried a Singaporean dish that’s been making us smirk since we first spotted it seven months ago. And so our little family set off for a ho lot of family fun. Hor fun, also spelled ho fun, is a type of flat rice noodle, usually served with chicken and prawn. In our multi-lingual […]

Not-So-Late-Night laksa

November 25, 2010

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We live just outside the “war zone” in Katong, a groovy part of Singapore with a lovely urban village atmosphere. My daily commute involves walking past the intriguingly-named Famous 328 Katong Laksa. The name is intriguing because the place is not at 328 East Coast Road, it’s at number 216, because I like laksa and […]

My Matrix Moment

October 22, 2010

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Two guys loudly discuss who to CC into work emails. I read a bit more of the paper, eat a bit more of my expensive salad and try to enjoy the air-conditioned coolness of the cafe. The conversation crashes back into my consciousness. Guy A is telling guy B how to synchronise his outlook to […]