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Thursday, April 14, 2005

3/29 Chinatown

first the view from the lousy YWCA

coming out of the MRT station


Tiong Bahru Boneless Hainanese Chicken Rice S$2 YUMYUM!
This place is on Smith Street. First we looked through the food center across from it but went for the more spacious, cool, fresh-aired shop. The chicken rice came with a biggish bowl of soup we shared...woulda been nice if they gave each of us a bowl.

a youth troupe put on a pretty interesting show for the public

Sago Lane...

When the Chinese-speaking store clerk couldn't understand the romanized Chinese in my notes, a very friendly local stopped to help explain to me (in Japanese, before asking where we were from) what each dumpling was. He said he was soon going to Osaka to see the sakura. Hope he had a nice trip!

These mini mooncakes were too oily.

Wife's Biscuit, which has winter melon inside (the friendly Japanese-speaking guy's favorite). I liked how it was chewy inside.

The next three are from one of the other pastry shops on Sago, Leung Sang Hong Kong Pastry Shop, where most if not everything is S$.60 and there were yellow crates in front.

My precious dan tat, egg tart! YUMYUMYUM!

The left pocket tried a roasted chicken bun, S$.60. It was warm and "like a really good charsiu bao" YUMYUMYUM!

He also tried a chicken curry pie, S$.60 which he liked too.

Tanjong Pagar Road... Fair Price is a nice [priced] market and we saw some interesting local foods inside too.

sooo cheap!!

The tall building behind the sign is the Amara Hotel, inside which lies Silk Road Restaurant.

Automatic pickles which end up S$2 on the bill. Yummy though!

Handmade Sichuan Beef Noodles, S$8. YUM! Very tasty though the beef was more impressive in the other beef noodles I had! Melty noodles. The left pocket had Handmade Noodles with Seafood, S$10

Sago Lane or one of the other streets lighted up at night.

We never got to THE Killiney Kopitiam on Killiney while we were around Orchard Road, so when we came across this one on Amoy Street I wanted to try.

lime juice, S$1.20 YUM!

Unknowingly we each ordered one piece of kaya toast (S$.70) and they showed up frighteningly tiny on the already small plates! Two crumbly bites with a lot of butter. I was disappointed but determined to try kaya toast again.

I so miss home.. FP.. :(
..."The chicken rice came with a biggish bowl of soup we shared...woulda been nice if they gave each of us a bowl."

Sounds like it might've been family-style soup bowl--did they give you each soup spoons to dip in with?

Interesting gastro adventures!
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Life is short so I eat fast, lest it get cold or disappear. I'm currently teaching English in Japan for two years. I was born and raised in California, and will be returning there in Summer 2005. I was ovo-lacto-vegetarian for about seven years but decided to let it go during second year in Japan!

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