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 😳 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 😀
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:
- It’s 90* there during winter (when it’s freezing cold in Boston)
- Anthony Bourdain says Singapore is a foodie heaven.
Hey, we’re foodies and we like warm weather – winter vacation spot picked! 😀 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.
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.
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 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.
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!
The little round cookies were warm (what a great surprise!) so I went back for 2 more + little scoops of ice cream.
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.
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!
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! 😀