Showing posts from February, 2010

Sentosa Underwater World

Nearly two months of living in Singapore, I can't help but wonder how time flies real fast in this country. Before I can even savor with much gusto the needed weekend rejuvenation, it's back to work again. For this reason, weekends should be spent with absolute pleasure and joy. Back in the Philippines, our family weekends were typically spent going out and exploring places. In Singapore, it still remains the same. So, last weekend we visited two of Sentosa's attractions - Merlion Walk and Underwater World. The kids had a great time roaming around. There's not much big difference in the experience between Underwater World and Manila Ocean Park. However, the observation tunnel of Underwater World showcased more diversity in content. Space wise, I think Manila Ocean Park has a more relaxing ambiance. Another highlight in the oceanarium - aquarium is the Dolphin Show. The show runs at roughly 30 minutes combining a dolphin-trainer and fur seals encounters. If you happened…

Chicken Tinola with Spinach

Our new surroundings that is largely dominated by Chinese - Singaporean Cuisine is daring the cook in me. How can I prepare authentic Filipino foods in this foreign land? By and large, this seems to be one of the tough challenges any expat deals with in living overseas (and I'm no difference to experience that). My first struggle began with the classic "Tinola". It's a Filipino favorite chicken soup that's typically cooked with papaya and chili leaves. I've searched shelves inside out from one supermarket to another yet I didn't find any chili leaves here. Although most of the ingredients of the dish can be easily substituted like chayote with papaya and chili leaves with moringa or malunggay, I haven't tried substituting both with some other types. Much with the limitations of the available susbstitutes in the supermarket here, there's no other option but to take the risk of trying from the available ones. This explains for my Chicken Tinola wit…

Good Eats in Singapore

Singapore's Uniquely Singapore fame will never be such for nothing. In fact, it's even translated to its cuisine. Indeed, the food fare here is unique in its own way. The country is known for having a multi-cultural mix of inhabitants and this is synonymous to the hodgepodge of foods available. There's the local, genuinely Singaporean such as the Hainanese Chicken Rice, Chili Crab and Black Pepper Crab, Indonesia's famous Mee-goreng and Satay, Malaysia's Laksaand India's Roti, Teh Tarikand Fish HeadCurry. Undoubtedly, the lion city is a complete melting pot of Asian taste and good eats are everywhere.

Hainanese Chicken Rice
Chicken Satay Laksa
Oyster Omelette Prawn Kway Teow

It is only in Singapore that I would brave the lines of street foods. It is here where Hawker Centers are considered the place to be for foodies and non foodies alike. Never mind the hot and humid ambiance, scrumptious foods are what you're here for. Should an open-air set up be an issue, air…

Seafood Linguine - Presto Pasta Night #151

I already lost count on how many times I did mention in the blog about my missing our habitual pasta treats. What with the recent move to a new country, it all makes the craving more intense. Now that I've finally found my way in our new kitchen, the weekly pasta feast is eventually back into our menu. For this resurgence to Ruth Daniels'Presto Pasta Night, I'm sharing a Seafood Linguine recipe. This is supposed to be part of our Chinese New Year fare, but for some reasons the dish did not reach the table on time. Anyway, as the cliche goes better late than never. Rather than the usual toasted garlic or butter bread, I paired it with Chicken Wrap. (such a substantial meal indeed!) Seafood Linguine What you need: 250 g linguine (cooked according to package directions), 1 med bottle of traditional pasta sauce (italian), 100 g shrimps (peeled & deveined), 1/2 cup squid rings, 1/2 cup fish fillet, 1 can of tuna flakes (in water), 5 cloves of garlic (minced), 1 small onion (c…

Celebrating Chinese New Year (Part 2 of 2)

Gong Xi! Gong Xi! Chinese New Year + Valentines Day = merrymaking to the highest level! People were all over the place celebrating. Chinatown looked so vibrant with all the decorations. The main street was well adorned with beautiful flowers. It's also quivering with sounds of joyous people. Restaurants were filled and witnessed to lively reunions. This was Chinese New Year in Singapore...

Chinese trinkets and novelties were abundant in Pagoda street. Lucky charms are among the popular grabs.

In Clarke Quay it's equally crowded but less exasperating. Valentines Day celebration was more evident here.

I hope everyone had wonderful celebrations. May we all have a tiggerific year ahead!!!

Celebrating Chinese New Year (Part 1 of 2)

Kiong Hi Hoat Chai! Believed to be the most important traditional festivity, Chinese New Year is often times well celebrated anywhere in the world where Chinese community abounds. It is generally the tradition that speaks of the Chinese culture and beliefs about the coming year. Food, gifts, money and a lot more are generously poured out. This is pretty much how we keep Christmas in the Philippines. Oranges, flowers along with other popular decorations are the typical icons of the celebration. Each has its own symbolism that can be related to prosperity, luck, longevity and happiness. It's a lucky chance to be experiencing this kind of festival the first time. We visited Chinatown and Clarke Quay (among the popular spots during CNY) to view some fanfare and spectacles. Unfortunately, due to time constraints and the large cluster of people we were not able to view any. At home, we celebrated it plainly with food (a far cry from any of the traditional Chinese repertoire). But the re…

This I heart...

I never imagined that Chinese New Year (CNY) preparation here is as maddening as celebrating Christmas in the Philippines. Nearing the much anticipated day, supermarkets are just unbelievably crowded. Nevertheless, we need to get some stuff for the celebration so we must not mind the crazy throngs of people. There are quite a number of supermarket chains to choose from in Singapore. But I'm partial to Cold Storage and Giant. I find Fair Price and Shop and Save limited in product offerings although the former preferences are a bit more expensive. One thing I'm beginning to appreciate in Singapore's fresh produce is the wide selection of vegetables and greens. I just can't help filling my cart with these healthy choices.

More so, as if to prove to me that indeed this is a place of convenience, I'm greatly pleased to have something like this. I know so much more are yet to be discovered so for now I'll merely enjoy my serendipity.

JPOT Hot Pot (Singapore Style)

Our Singapore food adventure has just started. From hawker centers to air conditioned food republics, we feasted and braved on practically anything that looked enticing. Last weekend was Hot Pot time. Although our Din Tai Fung experience did not deliver as we expected, we're glad that our Hot Pot day went otherwise. My sister arrived a few days ago to give us support in settling down. Since it's her first time to visit Singapore, we were challenged to give her nothing but good impression of the country "food wise". So off we went to Vivo City to try JPOT's Hot Pot Singapore Style.

Our overall impression of the restaurant is good. It's the kind of place we would like to visit every now and then. More often than not on times that we would be craving for comfort food. The Jpot and Bak Kut Teh soups are the must try for the fresh stuffs. The seafood goes well with the Jpot and the Beef with the Bak Kut Teh. On the whole, I would rate this first Hot Pot Singapore…