Archive | June, 2012

Lunch at the Maxwell Food Centre

28 Jun

Another Hawker Centre in Singapore is the Maxwell Food Centre. This one is quite different than for example the Telok Ayer Market. One of the typical things about the Maxwell Food Centre is their offer of Chinese food. This hawker is close to China Street and therefore it has a lot of Cantonese food to offer.

For example, Tong Fong Fatt Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice…

…or the deliciousness above. But we went for some other things. Below you can see a dish I didn’t order and therefore haven’t got a clue what it was. But looking at it just makes me hungry!

Personally, I looked around for Pig Trotters. It was something I was very curious about, but unfortunately they were sold out everywhere. I walked around Maxwell Food Centre but it seemed that they were very popular. After looking for something else to eat I settled on a Mie Soup with Cha Sieuw meat.

After this delicious lunch I noticed something very inventive and a little bit disgusting that made me laugh. At one of the food stalls they had used chewed gum to attach a hook to a wall:

Oh, and one of the most drunk drinks at Maxwell Food Centre where the drinks from Cuppy Love:

They offered all kinds of drinks, from iced drinks to coffee. But the iced drinks in all kinds of colors where definitely the most popular.

Gyros

21 Jun

It’s been a while since my last post. A combination of laziness and too much time on the university put this blog on a pause. But in the meantime I had to eat of course. At one of these nights of studying I ordered myself a gyros platter from ‘De Kleine Bezorg Griek’ in Delft. When the food was delivered after about 45 minutes, this is what I got:

One bag of surprisingly well tasting fries, a pita and a box with a salad, tzatziki and a whole lot of gyros. This meal really is too much for one person, I think. However, studying until dark makes some higher powers within you rise up. So I left the salad for what it was and concentrated on the rest. I found out not only the quantity is good, so is the quality. The combination of the meat, tzatziki and onions is really delicious. It almost makes me want to study this night as well!

The culinary delights of Club Zouk, Singapore

20 Jun

This time a post that is a bit less focused on food, although food still has a central role. When going out, two types of food always will be present: drinks and late night snacks. And the party I went to in Singapore was no exception. To celebrate the New Year I went to a New Years party at Club Zouk where the legendary Pete Tong would spin his tracks. Once inside my brother and I went to the bar to order some ‘golden goodness’.

With some (very expensive) and ice cold Tiger Beers in our hands we walked around Club Zouk to see what it was all about.

And after the party slowly got underway we ordered another drink, this time choosing a Rum & Coke which was, remarkably, as expensive as a beer!

This red colored room was the smoking area where my brother went for a cigarette. But after he finished his cigarette and after our drinks were finished, the room itself gave a not so subliminal message:

So party we did.

And after a whole lot of dancing and drinking, my stomach beckoned me to get some food. Something I thought would be not so easy to do. Since Club Zouk is built in three old warehouses next to the Singapore river with only hotels surrounding the buildings, the area seemed as an area were food was not right around the corner. Luckily, I was wrong. I must’ve known better because in Singapore, food is always around the corner! So when I exited Club Zouk I saw a food stall that wasn’t there when I came in. Or at least, I hadn’t seen it. The good man behind the stall was selling sausages with all kinds of sauce and it was exactly what I needed.

Some fried sausages with some hot sauce over it. Perfect for an after-party snack. After having become used to the expensive drinks inside (and probably a bit because of the alcohol in the drinks) I thought that the price of around 2 euros for these sausages was extremely low. So after I finished my first sausage, I walked back to the food stall and ordered another. I can tell you though, that they tasted great.

And for those of you who will be going to Club Zouk and occasionally have the munchies while drinking inside, here’s a tip: you will/can get a stamp from the porter at the entrance with which you can exit and enter Club Zouk all night. So when you are inside drinking and suddenly craving a sausage, just go outside and enjoy!

West Coast Market and Food Centre

3 Jun

Near the place where I stayed in Singapore, there’s a hawker center opposite to West Coast Plaza which is called West Coast Market and Food Centre. So, one day for lunch, we headed towards this hawker and ordered some food to go. One of those things were the delicious sate as you can see above.

One of the places where we stopped to buy some food was the one above (and below) which was called Arifin Ali Indian Muslim Food. It had all kinds of great food and as I can recall this was the place where we bought mee goreng and murtabak. One of the things that I really wanted to try in Singapore was a dish called: Soup Toulang, which is a bone marrow soup in a thick red, strangely looking sauce. Unfortunately, they hadn’t prepared it yet (they made a large pot every day) so I couldn’t order it.

As I was walking trough the hawker and between all the people eating at the tables I looked around and chose what I wanted to eat: Chicken Rice.

As a classical Singapore dish, this was something I had to try before leaving Singapore. So at one of the stalls, I ordered it.

Here is the oh so simple looking, but oh so delicious Chicken Rice:

What is so great is that both the chicken and the rice are cooked in a very tasteful broth, so the chicken and the rice are rich in flavor. Add some of the condiments and this simple dish is simply fantastic. Although this was a modest version of the dish, there are also more elaborate versions.

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