Travel Theme : Bridges

I got a new follower at Where’s My Backpack and she came up with the idea for travel themes. For this week, it is all about bridges. So here is my collection of them.

Amsterdam : Magere Brug (click to enlarge)

Amsterdam : Magere Brug (click to enlarge)

Paris : Pont Alexandre III (click to enlarge)

Paris : Pont Alexandre III (click to enlarge)

Neuschwanstein : Marienbrucke (click to enlarge)

Neuschwanstein : Marienbrucke (click to enlarge)

Sydney : Sydney Harbour Bridge (click to enlarge)

Sydney : Sydney Harbour Bridge (click to enlarge)

The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn

 

 

 

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Singapore Eats

Follow me as I round-up the remaining dishes that I savoured during my short trip to the island city of Singapore.

Killiney Kopitiam

Located on Killiney Road, a mere 200-metre walk from the Somerset MRT station, lies Killiney Kopitiam. I was here on a working day and the place was packed with people enjoying their breakfast before heading off to work. So do check your schedule first, unless you have plenty of time to wait.

The procedure is simple, queue up to order, pay the amount, find a place to sit and wait for the food to arrive. Still not sure what to order? Killiney is famous for its kaya and butter toast bread. Still don’t trust me yet? I have the picture to prove it.

Kaya Toast & Milk Tea

Kaya Toast & Milk Tea

Lai Kee Dim Sum

It is hard to find affordable dim sum in a place such as Singapore, but this man (Ah Lai) managed to do so. On top of that, he has 4 branches throughout Singapore. But for those who have a problem with maps and walking, these places will be hard to find. After doing my research, I found that the Bukit Batok branch was the nearest to the public transport (Bukit Batok MRT), hence that was where I headed to.

Lai Kee Dim Sum (Bukit Batok Branch)

Lai Kee Dim Sum (Bukit Batok Branch)

Dim Sum isn’t your traditional hawker dish, the famous ones in Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh are shopfronts. Prices could range from S$4-$5 per basket, Lai Kee managed to keep theirs to around S$2 per basket. But then, you don’t get to have it in an air-conditioned area. You might feel that S$2 per basket is spare change, but the average person would probably order at least 2, and if there’s two of you, it could be up to 4-5 baskets.

Siew Mai (pork) & Har Gow (prawn)

Siew Mai (pork) & Har Gow (prawn)

These bite size delicacies are usually meat-filled wrapped in flour or vegetables. They are also served piping hot.

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A Tale Of Two Noodles

Happy Chinese New Year to my Mandarin reading friends throughout the world! Been busy spending the last 2 days celebrating Chinese New Year at home. Taking a little time off to introduce two types of noodles, famous in Singapore.

Bak Chor Mee

This is basically a noodle plus minced pork, mixed with mushrooms and surprisingly, one of Singapore well-known dishes but seldom do we hear people going ooh-and-aah over it. Just like the Hainanese Chicken Rice, this particular noodle dish can be found almost anywhere and with each, their own set of friends.

I found myself outside of Bugis Junction when I saw this shop opposite that sells Bak Chor Mee. It was part of my itinerary, hence the need for me to try it.

Seng Huat; just opposite Bugis Junction

Seng Huat; just opposite Bugis Junction

As you can see, there are quite a number of patrons, usually at night and mostly made up of white-collared workers having dinner. This particular noodle can be quite dry soit is a must that you order one of their side dish — fishball soup.

This particular stall is open 24 hours a day

See that huge liver there?

See that huge liver there?

Fishball Side Dish

Fishball Side Dish

The meal cost me S$7, which was quite reasonable considering the amount although it wasn’t as filling as I thought it would be. But then again, you could always order up another bowl of Bak Chor Mee noodles.

Seng Huat Eating House

492 North Bridge Road

Opened 24 hours

Wanton Noodles

Another version of the dry noodle is known as Wanton Noodle, in which wantons or dumplings are added to the mix. In Singapore, there is none more famous than Eng’s Noodles House. According to the owner, his father used to have his stall by the roadside underneath a tree back in the heydays. Then, due to safety purposes, they were asked to relocate to one of the food courts. Nowadays, you can find them at their own specialty store, selling just wanton noodles!

Hot & Spicy

Hot & Spicy

Not only is Eng famous for his wanton noodles, he is also famous for the super hot chilli that you see in the picture above. For those who want a kick in their food, this is where you should be. They actually mix their noodles with eggs during the process, which adds to the springy and stringy texture. Although it was slightly oily when I was there.

Wanton Noodle

Wanton Noodle

Unless you are a local, this place is hardly an area for tourists, but if you find yourself within walking distance, be sure to drop by. And if you don’t fancy eating noodles, there are a number of other eateries along this particular road, in which you could choose from.

Eng’s Noodles House

287 Tanjong Katong Road

11am-9pm Daily

 

 

 

Hamburglar In Europe

I recently saw a post on Follow Karina regarding her travels with Kermit the Frog, and was wondering how many travelers do actually travel with a stuffed toy in order to get some really funny pictures while on the road. So, anyone out there willing to share their little quirks while traveling?

I brought along the Hamburglar, one of my favourite character when I was a kid. Below are a few pictures of him doing crazy stunts while abroad.

Yippee! I am in Paris! (click to enlarge)

Yippee! I am in Paris! (click to enlarge)

Hidden amongst the flowers (click to enlarge)

Hidden amongst the flowers (click to enlarge)

The Hamburglar strikes!

The Hamburglar strikes!

Aha! I have got something finally.

Aha! I have got something finally.

Time for my getaway!

Time for my getaway!