Asia Trip 2012: Part I
For a lengthly, image-heavy recount read more after the jump!
Arriving, we venture out into the open to find a taxi that'll roam towards our Singaporean hotel of choice situated on Orchard Road.
For dinner that evening we took a walk out into the Orchard Road, a long street packed with many shopping malls that hold big brand names and department stores like the Takashimaya. Beneath the giant shop in the basement area is a rather broad food court that we were recommended from our taxi driver. The Food Village at Takashimaya!
The basement is split into sections: retail shops and a food court of different arrays of cuisines, a section of food merchandising and then off to the end is a big grocery store. We had a wonderful spicy curry chicken with an soft boiled egg and rice as well as a Singaporean laksa which was tasty and so temperature hot it was well worth it!
The distinct smell of Durian lead us to the Four Seasons Durian counter where the staff are preparing made to order Durian filled pancakes and mochi balls. For those who don't know what Durian is, it's often compared to a custard apple for it's texture and creaminess but has a really, really bad odour!
For a first time experience on Durian eating, we each got ourselves a Durian filled pancake. I thought the fruit filling tasted OK but it left the Durian flavour/smell to my breath thereafter which was a major annoyance to myself and I just wanted to get rid of it by downing some drinks.
Hot plates of bacon, eggs and baked beans, pancakes, cereals, fruits and to cater for the easterners; the plethora of asian cuisines of rice, congee, dumplings and dahl. The only downside that morning was that the majority of the "hot" meals weren't very hot for long, which disappointed me.
In the Chinatown Complex that's within walking distance of the temple is a local food court and market. A cheap feed of different meals that all seemed so tempting. Lots of people were seated with dishes of congees, rice and vegetables as well as pieces of poultry such as the drippingly shiny ducks that hang in the windows. For us, we grabbed a soy milk and some soy sauce-drenched eggs to go.