Sunday, February 22, 2009
Sliced Bread, Singapore Style
I don't eat much bread, so it took me a number of years after living in Singapore to finally discover this stuff. But I kinda liked it...the green one on the right anyway. It was pandan-leaf flavored, and its mildly sweet fragrance reminded me a bit of King's Hawaiian bread - one of the few forms of bread that I do enjoy, next to baguettes and sourdough.
The white-colored one on the left, on the other hand, was more amusing than it was tasty. Basically, it was packaged bread that already had the crusts removed. Man, if only we had that when we were kids - I would have actually eaten the entire PB&J sandwich without having to throw away the crust!
I was told later that they cut off the crust because it comes out of the bakery all dark and unattractive, which shot down my original theory: that this was the fourth bacheloresque thing I'd seen in Singapore next to sliced ice cream, Mamee Monster Noodle Snack, and Milo Dinosaur. Anyway, this stuff is called Kopitiam Bread - presumably since it's used in local kaya toast and sometimes to mop up the sauce in chili crab.
Digested at 2:01 PM
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