Asia travel diary: Singapore [part 3]

singapore, big hotel

This picture is completely random but I had to take a snap of this… It’s so clever and hilarious! That is until the stranger opened the door from the outside and accidentally knocked me over whilst I was trying to take the pic… haha

We started off our morning with kaya toast (again!). This place was just down stairs from our hotel and was recommended by a friend who used to work and live in Singapore – actually, she gave us an extensive list of places to try but we could only stomach so much in so little time! Next time! 🙂

Ya Kun Kaya Toast

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Lemon iced tea

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Kaya toast

Snack time over, and we were back in a cab and made our way straight to the Maxwell Food Centre for one last taste of that chicken rice!

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Chicken rice; $3.50SGD/$3.04AUD*

Chicken rice bliss.

I suggested we just order the one to share so we could taste the other delights on offer in the food court.

The rule of thumb? Join the long queues and order what they order… haha!

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Oyster cake; $2.00SGD/$1.74AUD*

The oyster cake was served straight out of the piping hot fryer. The case was crispy and golden filled with a creamy and textural mix of just cooked oyster pieces and chives. A rich and ‘naughty’ snack that was best shared.

One particular item that I wanted to tick off my list of ‘foods to eat’ was the carrot cake in Singapore. Whilst I manned our table, the stranger went off to order some but was faced with 2 choices, the black or white one. Having to battle lunch crowds and the crazy humidity in the air… and not wanting to walk back and ask me what I wanted, he ordered both!

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Black carrot cake; $3.00SGD/$2.61AUD*

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White carrot cake; $3.00SGD/$2.61AUD*

Contrary to its name, there actually isn’t any carrot in them. It is made with radish cake (steamed rice flour, water, and shredded white daikon), which has then been stir-fried with eggs, garlic and topped with spring onion. The difference between the two, besides their colour, was that the black version (our favourite) had a sweet soy sauce dressing that gave the overall dish a stronger flavour with a hint of sweetness. The white version, sans sweet soy sauce, instead had a crispy egg crust on the exterior of the radish cake pieces giving it some textural contrast against the softness of the cake.

After a delicious morning feed, the exciting part of the day was about to start. We were going to check in to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel! After seeing stunning photos from the infinity pool years ago, I knew I/we just had to check it out in person… When in Singapore!

TA-DA!!!

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Gorgeous!!

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After a quick dip in the pool to cool down, I headed downstairs for some much needed retail therapy whilst the stranger treated himself to a calorie burning session at the amazing fitness club! For a brief moment, I wished I had my runners with me too and make use of that epic gym… Only for a brief moment!

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Marina Bay Sands mall water feature: before and after

Whilst shopping up a storm at The Shoppes, the water feature in the mall came to life, much like a water tornado housed indoors with water gushing through a glass concave roof outside… crazy!


Garden view from our hotel room balcony

Finally, dinner time rolled around and the one thing that we had yet to try in Singapore was their famous Singaporean chilli mud crabs! Restaurant of choice for the evening: Jumbo Seafood.

Jumbo Seafood

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Brace yourselves for our massive seafood feast…

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Green apple Italian soda; $4.50SGD/$3.90AUD*

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Crispy roasted duck seafood parcel wrapped in egg crepe and pork floss; $14.00SGD/$12.17AUD*

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Chilli mud crab at approximately 1.5kg; market price was approx $70-75SGD/$60.87-$65.22AUD* per kg

Best. Thing. Ever.

Messy too so we were donned with bibs for the evening to tackle this monster hands first. The shell was insanely thick and incredibly hard to break through, the stranger ended up ‘hammering’ the claw to break through the shell with the provided crab cracker/nut cracker whilst I pulled apart the meat. Team work right there.

That crab alone was probably enough to feed us contently but the stomach and eyes know absolutely no limit when they’re on holidays! Haha…

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Fried deshelled prawns with pumpkin puree; $22.00SGD/$19.13AUD*

This was so so delicious. The prawns were humungous, cooked perfectly, super plump and so juicy; and the pumpkin puree was amazing, a thick and slightly sweet sauce coated the prawns evenly. Each bite of prawn had a good burst of flavours, a lingering scent of the sea from the prawns contrasted extremely well with the sweetness of the pumpkin puree.

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Scallops wrapped in yam ring; $16.00SGD/$13.91AUD*

The scallops didn’t get the same reaction as the prawns. Go figure! The stranger isn’t a big fan of yam to begin with so ordering this was a brain fart moment for him. Haha. Nevertheless, the scallops were sweet and cooked just right; the yam ring had a deep fried crispy case that was light and crunchy but the base was thick and heavy with the yam paste, a flavour and texture that we were not too fond of.

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After cleaning up after ourselves and making sure we got them hands cleaned and scrubbed at the communal hand wash basin inside the restaurant, we waddled our way towards Fullerton Bay (opposite the Marina Bay Sands Hotel) to catch the ‘Wonder Full’ light show which is on display every night. Unfortunately for us, much of the excitement sounded like it was on the other side as there was also a water show running at the same time. The Light and Water show runs every night, Sundays to Thursdays at 8pm and 9.30pm, and Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, 9.30pm and 11pm. So if you plan your day ahead, there shouldn’t be a reason why you can’t see both… unless you end up ordering too much at dinner and can’t physically make it to the first show… then you’ll just have to pick one. Haha.

To make the most of our stay at the MBS, we had to maximise whatever time we had left and spent the remainder at the pool overlooking the Singapore skyline.

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Next stop: Bangkok.

-d

Ya Kun Kaya Toast
Fortune Centre 金隆大厦
190 Middle Road #01-09
Singapore 188979
Opening hours
7 days 7.30am-10pm
P 6337 0486

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
Stall No. 10 and 11
Maxwell Food Centre Singapore
1 Kadayanallur Street
Singapore 069184 Singapore
Opening hours
7 days 10.30am-8pm

JUMBO Seafood Restaurant
20 Upper Circular Road, #B1-48
The Riverwalk
Singapore 058416
P 6534-3435
Opening hours
7 days 12pm–3pm (last order at 2.15pm), 6pm–12am (last order at 11.15pm)

*exchange rate at time of travel $1AUD=$1.15SGD

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