Singapore – Anthony Bourdain’s way

Sorry for being completely MIA since the end of last week.  I honestly don’t know what happened. It was nice out, we were busy, then I was tired and thought that if I blogged it would be a really boring post.  My dad actually called me this morning asking if I was ok because I haven’t blogged in a while.  Oops :oops: My loyal readers, you know I’m usually much more consistent with posts, and new readers that came after finding out about the Country Bob’s sauce giveaway (btw, don’t forget to enter, if you haven’t already… only 1 day left!) – I promise I’ll be better in the future. I don’t want you to leave me :D

So anyways, let’s move on to the fun stuff. I can pretend I’m back in Singapore.  Actually it was over 90* here in Boston today (gorgeous weather!), so it was a little bit like Singapore :)  Did I ever mention why we went to Singapore? If I did, here is a reminder:

  1. It’s 90* there during winter (when it’s freezing cold in Boston)
  2. Anthony Bourdain says Singapore is a foodie heaven.

Hey, we’re foodies and we like warm weather – winter vacation spot picked! :D By the way, Anthony Bourdain is my husband’s idol.  I’m not kidding – the man changed the way my husband eats. So yeah, we take Tony’s (we’re on first name basis here – why not ;) ) word and recommendations very seriously.  That’s why our very first chicken rice (probably Singapore’s favorite dish!) had to be from the hawker center seen on No Reservations, and the lunch from today’s post was also Tony inspired.

But first, we had to have breakfast.  Not just any breakfast – a locals’ favorite – Kaya toast at Ya Kun Kaya Toast (hehe, do you think they sell Kaya toast there?).  Kaya is a coconut jam made of coconut milk, sugar and eggs.   Ya Kun had so many different toast combos with kaya. I was indecisive but finally got the kaya french toast and coffee.

Kaya french toast

+ coffee

I was expecting a strong coconut flavor, but instead this was just a sugary jam.  It was a very unique (and pleasant) flavor, but I would not say it was coconuty. I guess because there is only coconut milk and not actual coconut flakes in it.  Anyways, I enjoyed this breakfast and it fueled me well for lots of window shopping and walking around Singapore.

shopping on Orchard Road

inside one of the malls

gorgeous weather!

And then it was time for lunch! Straits Kitchen at the Hyatt by Orchard Road looked so good on No Reservations, we knew we had to go there.  What we didn’t realize at first is that it was buffet style food. Good thing we were hungry because we needed to get our money’s worth ;) This is the most beautiful buffet restaurant I’ve ever seen in my life… just look at it!

the Hyatt decor

mmm rice

last pic of the decor (+me)

the juice bar

The juice bar was so cool. I tried rose petal juice (it definitely tasted like rose petals but it didn’t taste like I was drinking flowers – it was just mildly sweet and delicious :) ) and barley juice (yum!).

And then I got to business. Food!! It was glorious. I definitely concentrated on the Indian fare although they had a good variety of other Asian foods.

my first plate - mostly Indian food

second round

+ this roll (didn't eat the other stuff)

roll closeup

I didn’t eat all those desserts – just tried little bites of everything to pick my favorites. And by the way, that’s the rose petal juice on the right. Good stuff! :)

dessert tasting plate

The little round cookies were warm (what a great surprise!) so I went back for 2 more + little scoops of ice cream.

mango + coconut ice cream and 2 warm little cookies

And just to be extra adventurous, I decided to try the durian ice cream.  I knew I mostly likely would hate it so I had it in a separate bowl.  Good thing.  This was the most disgusting thing that’s ever touched my lips.  I was curious. Never again.

durian ice cream - ewwwwwww

Have any of you tried durian? Do you like it? The stuff stinks so bad, they don’t even allow it on the subway or in hotels. It’s actually illegal!

no-durian

So yeah, let’s just say I ate more than my fair share. We ate lunch at around 1pm and I couldn’t even think of food until the next morning. This never EVER happens! The food was high quality, and was clearly made with love. If you’re ever in Singapore, I’d definitely recommend this spot!  And if you don’t believe me and want proof that this is also an Anthony Bourdain approved spot (despite being in a hotel restaurant!), watch this clip.  Yep, we had to go to both of those places! :D

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10 comments to Singapore – Anthony Bourdain’s way

  • Really? No durian? Durian ice cream when I had it was super tasty. LOL. My parents like to freeze the durian and eat it like a popsicle! =D

  • Adam

    Oh man, just reading this post reminds me of the smell of durian – something between smelly socks and rotten eggs!

  • I’m glad you’re back!
    Rose petal juice sounds fun! I wonder if it has any nutritional value?! Hehe. Love the recap!

  • Elina

    Wow, Sharon, you and your parents are very brave to eat that stuff :D

    Thanks, Lara :) I’m sure they added a bunch of sugar (and milk?) into it, so the nutritionals wouldn’t look very good…

  • sister inna

    you guys are so funny! kind of stalker-ish … just kidding it’s not stalking if ‘tony’ isn’t there right?
    all this food looks sooooo good.
    first off the kaya got my saliva glands goin’ and then… all the delicious looking indian food. i wish i could get my hands on some right now

    mmmmmm

  • I love reading about all your food adventures! Durian? yikes! I don’t know if I would have been as brave…

  • K

    Hah I’ve never tried durian but I think I’ll pass ;) That Kaya though looks fantastic!!

  • OMG I loooove Asia so much…my parents live in Tokyo so I’ve been lucky to be able to explore the continent a bit with them. And the food is pretty much my favorite ever. Actually, I do believe we stayed at that very Hyatt!

  • Elina

    Haha, Innz, your comment made me literally laugh out loud. You’re right, as long as Tony isn’t there, it’s not stalkerish :)

    Diana – you stayed at that Hyatt?! Lucky girl! That hotel is beautiful… and so is Singapore and Hong Kong (my only Asian experiences so far). I can’t wait to go to Tokyo!

  • wow, so neat! never tried durian… dont’ know that i would :) ok, i probably would! that rose petal juice sounds pretty neat as well!

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