Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Raiden Red Melon from Hokkaido

Raiden Red Melon

Time for more pricey Japanese fruit. This "red" version was from Hokkaido, where they also produce the usual green variety. I got half a melon for S$20 (US$14) at Cold Storage today. Sure, it looked just like everyday North American cantaloupe. But it was the sweetest, ripest, juiciest darned cantaloupe I'd ever had. S$20 might have been pushing the price a bit, but it beats taking a chance with normal cantaloupe only to find that it is boringly tasteless inside.

Toku Toku Handmade Udon, Singapore

Tempura Curry Udon

It looks like Botejyu at Liang Court recently added Toku Toku's udon to its menu. I didn't really care too much for it when I tried it last time at Manpuku in Tampines, but I was thinking that maybe that was only because the kitchen was stretched in such a crowded environment, whereas a calmer sit-down shop would produce something better.

Well, if there was supposed to be something more to it, then I had trouble tasting it, as it still seemed like the frozen stuff that I could have bought at Meidi-ya downstairs...which, mind you, is still good, but is just something that could have been made at home. OK, I wouldn't have had the tempura at home, and most likely not that Japanese curry either. It still couldn't replace what I liked from the now-defunct Wakashachiya though.

Subway's Veggie Delite Salad

Veggie Delite Salad

Salads at Subway are really not much more than an Atkins version of their sandwiches; instead of bread, just dump everything onto a plate...meat, cheese, jalapeno peppers, and all. And I've been surprising myself at how much I've been eating the Veggie Delite version in recent months.

I suppose that it's partially because I've been able to find the configuration that I like - specifically, without meat, cheese, or jalapeno peppers - it makes for a refreshingly fresh snack. The problem is that I have to eat two of them in order to get somewhat satisfied. Those thick plastic plates and utensils are a bit of a waste too.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Big O Cafe & Restaurant, Paragon

Cod

Big O, a chain of local cafes in Singapore, is not someplace that I'd usually go to given its heavy focus on dessert and cakes. But out of sheer convenience, we stopped at their new Paragon outlet (290 Orchard Road #B1-08, 6836-1495) tonight. The food came out at lightning speed, and this cod was loaded with butter, making it super easy to eat. I won't make any effort to come back (the pasta that I tasted was too soft for my liking), but at least this was better than I thought it would be.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Cha Soba from Shimbashi Soba

Cha Soba and Jyako Gohan

Shimbashi Soba in Singapore is running a cha soba special this month. Yes, one could taste the matcha flavor when eating a naked strand of noodle, but unfortunately after a quick dunk into that salty tsuyu, that green tea flavor got all covered up. I just got it for the novelty of it, I suppose. What got me more filled up was the jyako gohan in the background...for some reason, I've really come around to enjoying a bowl of quality rice.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Local Drink Roundup From Vietnam

Vinh Hao Soft Drinks

Time for another local drink update. I was rather curious about the first one as it was the first time I had seen soda chanh in a packaged form. Not surprisingly, it didn't have the punch of freshly squeezed lime in it, and it was much sweeter than I was expecting. I definitely prefer the fresh version instead, even if this bottle saves the time and hassle of having to mix up soda chanh on one's own. At least it wasn't 7-Up, which I worried it might be. The other drink was just your everyday orange soda.

Trà xanh không độNext up was this green tea stuff, which to my surprise was sweetened with honey. It wasn't exactly like the unsweetened Pokka Oolong Tea that I was expecting. I also got a box of artichoke tea bags below. I've been drinking this stuff occasionally at Pho Lan's new Boon Tat Street location back in Singapore, so I picked up a box here at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City just for the fun of it. It tastes like rather straighforward tea, although being based purely on artichokes, it naturally carries an artichoke flavor, if only very mildly. This is from the Dalat region of Vietnam where this stuff is apparently quite common.

Trà AtisôNote to self: as great as it is to find a new international terminal here, the fruit drinks are sold inside at a whopping US$4 each - even beer is cheaper. But there is a Vietnamese restaurant upstairs selling bowls of phở (and they take American Express - yay!), which might come in handy if I am flying a low-cost carrier again without lounge access. It's amusing that Jetstar even charges S$2 for a copy of the Straits Times...they've gotta look for every opportunity to feed that bottom line, I suppose.

Bánh Mì Hà Nội, Saigon

Bánh Mì

On the way back to our hotel, we made a quick stop at a bánh mì shop that was recommended to us (82 Nguyễn Thiện Thuật‎, 833-4288). I liked these guys better than Bánh Mì Như Lan, as the sandwich had an interesting taste of coconut butter or something.

The bread was a bit softer than I was expecting (perhaps because it sat for a while before we ate it?), but it worked. I also spotted one of those rotating kebab spit contraptions out front - presumably as roasted meat to go into a sandwich, which would definitely be worth trying next time.

Sights from Chợ Bình Tây, Saigon

Star Anise For Sale

On our last morning in Vietnam before heading to the airport, a thought dawned on me. Saigon's Chinatown was apparently founded by Teochew Chinese. So if my beloved Tung Kee from back home was "Teochew Noodles" but run by Vietnamese, could the Chinatown here hold be the origin behind that unique Teochew-Vietnamese combination that I've come to love so much about Tung Kee? We came down to find out.

Not Yaki Onigiri

At first it was a typical open market selling all sorts of stuff: cheap clothes, kitchenware, and groceries, including the spices seen above. But outside we came across a lady in a cart selling what appeared to be yaki onigiri at a first glance. I suspected that it was probably that sticky rice breakfast stuff that I read about though, and I was right. She cut one of those rice balls open with scissors, and out came steaming hot bananas before she doused it in some sweet coconut milk. It tasted like it sounded.

Hủ Tiếu

But then we found a row of cooked food stalls inside, with a number of folks eating soup noodes. We figured that this was the time to try hủ tiếu, which was apparently brought to the country by Chinese immigrants. It may look like a bit of a murky mess with slices of unknown organ meat, but I liked how the Vietnamese localized it, especially with those bean sprouts plus a squeeze of lime. Now, it still wasn't quite the #2 from Tung Kee, so my mystery is still unsolved. But clearly I haven't spent enough time here to properly figure this out.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Bánh Xèo Ăn Là Ghiền, Saigon

Bánh Khọt Miền Tây Chay

After all of that food today, we figured that we'd keep it light tonight, and the thought of a bunch of fresh herbs paired with bánh xèo sounded pretty good. This shop (54A Nguyễn Văn Trỗi, 8847-9574) tried to take a healthier stance with mushrooms and the like, so we grabbed a watercress version called bánh xèo rau mầm. It got a bit soggy but did the job.

We also got some of those tart-shaped things above called bánh khọt miền tây chay. And while they still provided that leaf that I dislike, I pretty much liked all of the other varieties they had...and I loaded up in particular on that fresh basil.

Interestingly, my favorite thing of the night wasn't even the bánh xèo, but rather something called bì cuốn, which I had never tried before. Wrapped up in rice paper like its close relative gỏi cuốn, the fillings in this one, such as shredded pork skin and rice powder, instantly resonated with me. I liked those things so much that I ordered two more just to round out the meal. I think I just like that thick rice paper.

Bánh Mì Như Lan, Saigon

Bánh Mì Như Lan

There was no way that we were going to Vietnam without getting some bánh mì. We were given this place (365 Hai Bà Trưng, 829-2590) as a recommendation, and it was just a couple of doors down the street (10.78997°N, 106.68921°E) from Phở Hùng. I liked this one - even though the bread was a bit soft, it featured scallion segments rather than cilantro, and also had some delightfully spicy chili pepper slices inside to go with just a touch of mayonnaise. It made for a great afternoon snack, and was only 20,000 Dong (US$1).

Phở Hùng, Saigon

Phở Tái Nạm Gầu

We weren't intending to get two bowls of phở in one day, but it started raining this afternoon, so we figured that we'd go somewhere where we could sit indoors for a bit. My colleagues told me that this place was one of the better phở shops in town (371/1 Hai Bà Trưng, 3820-4488). We were a bit surprised when we got there to find that these guys also had branches in Texas and Oregon, of all places.

In stark contrast to this morning's northern style though, these guys brought out a huge plate full of herbs along with some blanched bean sprouts and scallions. They were definitely very generous with everything, including the noodles as well as the rich tasting broth. (There was one herb that I liked, as it tasted like cumin...and those light green chili pepper slices were deceptively spicy!) I was pretty stuffed in the end.

Yi Hao Sriracha SauceAs a quick side note, it was interesting to see this bottle of Sriracha rooster sauce there...except it featured a picture of a horse rather than a rooster. I think this one was made by a different company than the one in the US, especially seeing how the cap was blue rather than green. But otherwise the labeling looked pretty similar. I don't know how it tasted though - frankly I'm not that big of a fan of that stuff in the first place. I liked this place's lemongrass infused chili oil better anyway.

Breakfast at Phở Cong Ly, Saigon

Phở

I had to come back here. We almost thought that they had sold out for breakfast until I checked my notes and realized that we were in the wrong alley. Well, after hopping one alley over (10.78974°N, 106.68507°E), we found that it was still bustling with activity despite getting close to their 10 AM closing time. We plopped ourselves down at those metal tables and plastic stools to get some of those purist bowls of rich broth - no baskets of southern herbs required. It was rather amusing to see the man walking around with his gigantic wad of cash too - no cash register required either!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Quán Ăn Ngon, Saigon

Snails in some coconut stuff

When my colleague told me that he was going to take us to some place to get street food tonight, I got excited. Little did I know that he was taking us to this place, which was a famous restaurant that I had noticed before but had tried to avoid because of how touristy it looked. Only tonight did I realize that this place was setup a bit like the Raumen Museum in Yokohama, where the proprietor invites some of the best street food vendors into a restaurant setting where one can pick an array of food and have it served to them.

Chân Gà Nướng Muối Ớt

Tonight we came down to their new cozy location at 160 Pasteur (3827-7131) and let our colleague order away for us. We got a whole mess of food, including those snails in coconut milk and grilled chicken feet above, the latter of which I liked a lot more than I thought I would, as it was really just crispy chicken skin. One of my other favorites was that rice cake thing below, which my colleague said was made from leftover rice that was then deep fried. The dried shrimp topping was surprisingly oily, but it sure was tasty.

Some Rice Cake Thing

I wasn't huge on everything though. A number of the items like the papaya salad were a bit on the sweet side, and some deep fried prawn cracker things were disappointingly boring. The gỏi cuốn fresh rice paper rolls also had some of that nasty herb that I still can't identify. I won't exactly be running back here quickly (especially with the intense crowds here), but at least I found out what all of the fuss was about.

Bánh Xèo Mười Xiềm, Saigon

Bánh Xèo

For a quick lunch break between meetings today, my local colleagues asked me if I wanted to try "happy pancakes." That could have meant a million things, but I figured that they were talking about bánh xèo, which they were. I asked why they called them happy pancakes, and they said it was not only because they were shaped like a smile when folded in half, but also because they made you smile when you ate them.

We thus came down to this shop, which I was told was named after this lady from the Mekong Delta who was selected to cook the dish at some festival in the US, after which she came back here to open a couple of shops, one branch of which was at 190 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa (3933-0207, 10.78208°N, 106.69246°E). It was a bit more commercialized than I was hoping for, but that didn't matter in the end.

I knew that we were in southern Vietnam when these huge baskets of fresh herbs and leaves were brought out to us. There must have been at least eight or nine different varieties in there for us to create little wraps with, some of which were quite pungent, including one that tasted like root beer as well as that nasty one that I still can't get used to.

Well, as long as I avoided that one, I liked this stuff, as the rice paper crepes were light and complemented the leaves spicy fish sauce dip. At one point, I stopped wrapping it in the leaves as their aroma sometimes overpowered the crepes themselves, but baskets of the freshly washed leaves just kept getting refilled. My colleagues also ordered a couple of other varieties, including some small ones shaped like egg tarts. But the traditional ones were good enough for me.

My First Flight on Jetstar Asia

Marigold Apple Juice on Jetstar Asia

No, this wasn't anything exciting. It was just another low-cost carrier where one had to pay for food and drinks...and at a whopping S$3 (US$2) in the case of that apple juice box above. That sum would have nearly bought a six pack of the stuff at a local supermarket.

At least the ticket was cheap, and they leave from Changi Terminal 1 rather than the Budget Terminal. (Was it just me, or does Terminal 1 look really different now? Maybe it was just all of the renovation work that made it feel cramped and crowded...it will be interesting to see what it looks like afterwards.)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Maguro Head Meat from Tampopo

Zuke Chirashi Don

I pretty much only got this because of the amusing name; it's not often that one goes into a restaurant to order "head meat." Actually, it wasn't even that obvious from the photo, as it's covered up by several other gigantic pieces of sushi that came along with it. But underneath all of that lay the dark red slices of marinated head meat in this zuke chirashi don. It didn't really taste that different, actually. I suppose that the sheer fact that they only serve ten bowls a day created enough of a curiosity factor that I had to come give this item on Tampopo's list of specials a try at lunchtime before they sold out.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Teochew Noodles from Zion Food Centre

Teochew Noodles

Stall number 2 at Zion Riverside Food Centre doesn't really have a name, as the sign just says that it sells Teochew noodles. But it's basically the same guy who used to sell noodles from a small stall on River Valley. And one of his most popular versions appears to be this flat rice noodle served with soup on the side.

I particularly liked the one that he made for us this morning, as he spiked it with a good dose of vinegar and chili sauce, making it almost like a cross between Tai Wah Pork Noodles and my beloved "#2" from Tung Kee from back home, even if it didn't have the Vietnamese twist of lime and basil. The only catch is that he's still only open from 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM. Breakfast it is, then!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Maguro Natto from Nanbantei

Maguro Natto

Here was the maguro natto from Nanbantei, an old favorite of mine that I haven't been to in ages due to all of the other new distractions. Sure, the guy might have overseasoned some of my sticks tonight, but this was pretty much still the same place that I remember. I really should come here more often, especially since it's such a healthy meal.

A Tiong Bahru Chwee Kueh Shootout

From front: Zheng Zhong and Jian Bo Shui Kueh

Not sure of what to get at Tiong Bahru Market this morning, I figured that I might as well go for the thing that this place is known for: chwee kueh. But this time I wanted to compare the incumbent Jian Bo Shui Kueh (#02-05) against Zheng Zhong Tiong Bahru Shui Kueh (#02-62) on the other side. We grabbed six from each vendor to see how they would stack up.

The verdict? Well, at the risk of sounding indecisive, I liked both. The pickled veggie topping at Jian Bo was a tad sweeter than Zheng Zhong's, so I figured that I would like the latter better. But Jian Bo did the sweetness subtly enough that I liked the extra dimension that it brought, all to be accented by the punchiness of the chili sauce. Zheng Zhong, on the other hand, was much more straight to the point with its salty topping and the pronounced prawn flavor of its chili sauce. Given that I liked both, my decision next time is probably just going to be based on which stall has the shorter line.

China Apple in a BottleIn the process, it was interesting to find China Apple soda in a bottle rather than in a can. It still tasted the same of course. This stall amusingly tried to shove a couple of gigantic chunks of ice into that tiny plastic cup for me to pour it into - one can't help but think of Sharon Stone hacking away with an ice pick.

Ohhh...So That's Why!

This has nothing to do with food and probably won't interest most people. But for a mileage whore like me, this article was such a revelation that it was like finally reaching the end of an M. Night Shyamalan movie. Wow. Now I understand that there is a method to the madness behind weird airport codes like IAD, EWR, and YYZ. Now someone just needs to explain to me the rationale behind airline codes like JJ, 9W, and WN.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Teochew Fish Porridge, Tanjong Pagar Market

Teochew Fish Porridge

Despite what the sign says, I'm still not comfortable calling this porridge, as it's really just rice soup. But I do like this Teochew mue stuff, so much that I randomly tried this unassuming stall (#02-46) at Tanjong Pagar Market today. I liked it better than many of the other ones I've tried - the perky blend of seasonings combined with the light broth were just right. And it came with an added character bonus: the proprietor chewed me out for giving him a ten dollar bill because he didn't have change for my three dollar bowl. How's that for a Soup Nazi for you?

Monday, October 12, 2009

My Solution to Yoshinoya's Small Portions

One Beef Value Meal and One Beef Bowl

This is my solution to those tiny portions (and the silly "large" bowl that they offer) at Yoshinoya Singapore: just get two regular bowls. Actually, in this case it was one Value Meal with a bowl of soup plus an extra bowl on the side, but it was effectively two bowls. The sad thing was that I nearly went for a third bowl, but fortunately I had enough self control to keep myself from it.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Big Breakfast at Dôme

The Big Breakfast

I don't often go to the Dôme chain of cafes in Singapore. But nothing else was open this early up on Dempsey Hill today, so I grabbed their "Big Breakfast" in the absence of anything better this morning. We should have just hopped down to Tiong Bahru or Chinatown for a local breakfast instead.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Teochew Mue: Porridge or Rice Soup?

Fish Porridge, Omelette, and Vegetable Juice

This dish has a bit of a history with me. The first time I ordered it a couple of years back, I was told that it was "fish porridge." I naturally assumed that it was going to be a nice and sludgy Cantonese congee. I was thus sorely disappointed when I found notably discernable grains of rice sitting in a clear broth, thinking that the chef was so lazy that he merely threw soup and rice together at the last minute rather than properly letting the rice steep.

Only until later did I realize that this was intentional, as this was the Teochew version of the stuff. Known as mue, this was really more of a rice soup rather than congee. And I've grown to like it so much that tonight I got a bowl from Hock Heng Fish Soup (Stall 8 at Zion Riverside Food Centre). I liked the garnishes that he added - and I pretty much would have just dumped my rice into the soup anyway (kinda like how some Korean soups are eaten) had I gotten the normal fish soup instead.

But one thing still confuses me a bit. There is a local dish often referred to as Teochew Porridge, which is a bunch of various cooked dishes paired with a bland and mushy rice gruel. It is completely unlike this mue stuff, which I understand to be known as "fish porridge" instead, even though it's technically also Teochew. To me, it is clearly rice soup rather than porridge, but at least I now appreciate it a lot more than I used to.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Kitakata Ramen, Market Street, Singapore

Shio Ramen and Gyoza

Another ramen shop has opened in Singapore (146 Market Street #01-18, 6536-4512). Well, sorta. The signboard says that it's a ramen shop, but it wasn't serving ramen for a good number of weeks after it opened, offering only rice dishes instead. I was so frustrated after so many aborted visits that I had pretty much forgotten about the place...that is, until I happened to pass by today and noticed that they finally peeled off the sticker that previously covered the ramen section of the menu. I thus grabbed a seat at the counter.

At this point, my expectations were terribly low. I figured that there was no way that this stuff could be good given how they kept dismissing it when they opened. But after wasting so much time in the previous months, I had to at least try this in an effort to partially redeem my efforts. I was thus surprised to find it better than I thought it would be. The chashu, while pathetically small, did the job, as did the gyoza, especially with a bit of that Cantonese-like chili oil that I like so much.

Now, keep in mind of course that this was all relative. I was expecting the worst, so nearly anything could have been good. In any other mindset, this place probably wouldn't really have left any impression on me, especially since the noodles and broth were yawners. But there was one thing that I was impressed with: the speed. Everything came out very quickly, which was exactly what was needed in the middle of the busy business district during the lunch hour. If I come back, it may just be for the speed rather than the food.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Spruce, Phoenix Park, Singapore

Thick Sliced Momotaro Tomato with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

Damn - that was unexpectedly good. I had heard that the chef from Wine Garage had started up this place (320 Tanglin Road, 6836-5528), but the thought of getting American food in Singapore was never that appealing to me. I now regret having dismissed it so easily, as this place was better than a lot of the places back home, and it made me realize that I really have been missing out all of this time.

We enjoyed everything they brought us tonight, be it the signature Spruce Burger with bacon to all of the delicious sides, including roasted mushrooms, tomato with blue cheese, or roasted corn, the last of which was surprisingly reminiscient of that Mexican corn that I had back in LA, even if it was a bit sweeter. This was also the only place in Singapore that I've found to make a really kicka$$ lemonade. It didn't matter that the beer selection was depressingly limited.

Sure, I could nitpick a little...most easily on the burger, which - just like it was back at Wine Garage - was so wet that Eddie Murphy's welfare burger skit kept entering my head. And the use of momotaro tomatoes was a bit of a waste when the pungent blue cheese overpowered its natural taste anyway (gigantic beefsteak tomatoes a la Morton's would have been my preference). But none of this is going to stop us from getting these items again. We'll be back without hesitation.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

A Random Plate of Pad Thai Before Leaving

Pad Thai

This was nasty. I wasn't intending to eat this, but faced with the prospect of having even more questionable food at Phuket airport, I figured that I should get at least get some food in my belly at this random food court. But this just wasn't worthwhile. The noodles were mushy, the scallions were tough, and even that huge wad of chili powder couldn't save this. Well, I guess it was still better than eating at the airport or on the plane.

Patong Seafood, Phuket, Thailand

Fried Clams with Garlic

Whoa...The Wall Street Journal was right. They ran a story a number of years back, saying how much they liked this place (98/2 Thaweewong Road, 76-341-244), even though it was right in the middle of Patong Beach with all the markings of a tourist trap. And yet the food was pretty darned good. The kitchen knew how to prepare to food so that its natural fresh flavor shone through, and we loved pretty much everything that we ordered, wishing that we had eaten here earlier.

Take, for instance, these stir-fried clams, which somehow had an extra rich undertone all while being refreshingly light enough that we kept scooping up the savory juice to adorn our steamed rice with. The flame grilled prawns carried just the right degree of smokiness, while the steamed version was just as enjoyable without being overpowered by the garlic that topped it. And even though its presentation was terribly tacky with that sliced pineapple and tomato garnish, the kitchen knew just how to balance the seasonings with the natural taste of the food, making it a delight to eat.

Sure, they also had that tacky seafood on ice thing out front. And this place is unnecessarily packed at night. The trick is to come during the day for lunch. With a nice breeze coming from the beach right into the restaurant, I'll happily park myself here on an afternoon eating nothing but those clams and a few bowls of rice. Yum.

Another Thai Noodle Soup for Breakfast

Noodle Soup with Chicken

I needed another bowl of clear noodle soup this morning. This one, featuring slices of some kind of minced meat, came from a different shop that offered chili oil as a condiment in addition to the usual dried chili powder flakes. I dumped both of them in - perhaps more than I should have. Still, it was just the light broth that I needed to start the day.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Beef Salad from Chiang Rai Seafood, Phuket

Beef Salad

Here was a beef salad from that Chiang Rai Seafood place in the same northeast end of Patong Beach's big Soi Bangla (7.89400°N, 98.29781°E). The beef salad was fine, but this wasn't my first choice of venues, and I was a bit bummed to find that the fish used for steaming had been sitting around for a while.

Anyone Wanna Go to the Poo Restaurant?

The Poo Restaurant

I know - this is quite childish of me. But I couldn't help but snicker a bit at this. I don't know if this "poo" is the same word as the one for that pickled crab stuff, but interestingly I think this street is the Pee Road here in Phuket.

White Noodle Soup to Soothe the Belly

White Noodle Soup

Oh I so sorely needed this. With all of that alcohol sitting in my belly, I desperately wanted some kind of a hot clear soup for an antidote. Well, fortunately that couldn't be easier to get here in Phuket. I wasn't intending to eat this plain either - I liberally adorned this with vinegar and dried chili flakes, making this suit the job so well that I went for two more bowls. Pair it up with that Tang-like orange juice (that oddly had pulp in it) and my remedy was complete.

Pre and Post Drinking Basil Chicken

Basil Chicken

This was totally unplanned. Before heading out for drinks here in Phuket, we stopped at a random tourist trap for a quick bite and got a variety of dishes, including this basil chicken. I didn't really care for it that much, but the purpose of this meal was sheer utility rather than pleasure anyway.

Basil Chicken

Then, following those drinks, I ended up getting a different plate of basil chicken at one of the only stalls that I could find open at 4 AM. I was hoping to get some kind of noodle soup instead, but I suppose that this salty grease bomb served the same post-drinking purpose.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Instant Noodles on Tiger Airways

Nissin Cup Noodles and Tiger Beer

Ooh...it's time for instant noodles on Tiger Airways. Actually, they just didn't have anything else to eat aside from an unappealing sandwich, so I grabbed this instead as I desperately needed some food. Too bad Virgin America isn't running out here.

My Version of a Singaporean Breakfast

Yu Sheng and Yong Tau Foo

This may not be a typical Singaporean breakfast, but this is what I've found to be my magical combination in Singapore, especially since one really can't get it elsewhere. It is yu sheng as well as yong tau foo, but specifically from Joe Pork Porridge and Xiu Ji Ikan Bilis in Chinatown, which are pretty much my two favorite vendors at making this stuff. Getting these from some random food court would probably be just nasty.

There is one huge drawback of this though: the liberal use of onions all over each dish, which doesn't bode well when one has meetings ahead of him all day. I wish that some of the fruit juice stalls around here would open a bit earlier too - that would be a great way of washing this all down.