Monday, May 31, 2010

Singapore's Ultimate Hawker Food Lover - Wanted!

From the quintessential meal Nasi Lemak, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Roasted Pork Rice, Satay and Bak Kut Teh to the steaming hot noodle dishes such as Laksa, Char Kway Teow and Fish Head Bee Hoon to the tasty side dishes like Carrot Cake and Oyster Omelette and to the luscious desserts Ice Kachang and Bo Bo Cha Cha all these and more are what await adventurous foodies in Singapore's famous Hawker Centers. Foods in these unpretentious gastronomic haven gave Singapore one of it's world recognized past times - eating. In the many occasions that I've visited a few Hawker Centers in the country, I never wondered why this was so. How can you resist enticing aromas and appealing food choices oozing with delectable flavors right before your very eyes? That's why the popular local cliche goes "die-die must try". It isn't a surprise really why so many people be it locals or tourists preferred to flock in this area. Talk about food innovation and gastronomic creativity, there's no better place to discover them but here.
For the avid fans of Singapore's Hawker Centers, something great awaits you! Are you a certified Hawker Food Lover? Then you must be who inSing.com is waiting for. Singapore's prime local search and lifestyle guide is running an 8-week online contest to look for the country's Ultimate Hawker Food Lover. He or she will recommend the best Hawker Stalls in the island and will write recommendations on the best found Hawker food fare through inSing.com's Food & Drink section. Aside from the regular column, the lucky Hawker Food Lover will receive S$1000 a month for 6 months and a DSLR camera to use as tool in capturing the discovered delicious dishes. Isn't this exciting?! What are you waiting for? Go visit http://www.ilovehawkerfood.com.sg/ for further details. Let's all look forward to what other food treasures the island city-state has. For all we know, they are just waiting to be discovered.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Some of Singapore's Local Foods

From a new resident's point of view, adjusting to the Singapore palate can be regarded as more of an adventure rather than ordeal. It's true that some spice notes typically found in the local foods (like those in Laksa or Curry) can be selective and acquired. But more often than not, the abundance of flavors is always a memorable food discovery. This can be primarily attributed to the multiculturalism of this country that shaped the very diverse repertoire of the national cuisine. Each day that I am having a bite of this cultural-fusion, more and more the taste adjustment leads to a lasting satisfaction. If there's only one challenging taste character left, it's about increasing my level of threshold for hotness. Simply because the local foods are generously drizzled with fiery essence just like the Otak-Otak and Mee Siam. Likewise, there are those that can be downright simple, tasty and not spicy just like the Roasted Pork Rice (photo above). I know that I haven't explored yet even a third of the whole pie of the local foods. But I am taking one bite at a time to savor a lasting experience on top of a delectable treat.

Otak - Otak

Mee Siam

Some of Singapore's Local Foods

From a new resident's point of view, adjusting to the Singapore palate can be regarded as more of an adventure rather than ordeal. It's true that some spice notes typically found in the local foods (like those in Laksa or Curry) can be selective and acquired. But more often than not, the abundance of flavors is always a memorable food discovery. This can be primarily attributed to the multiculturalism of this country that shaped the very diverse repertoire of the national cuisine. Each day that I am having a bite of this cultural-fusion, more and more the taste adjustment leads to a lasting satisfaction. If there's only one challenging taste character left, it's about increasing my level of threshold for hotness. Simply because the local foods are generously drizzled with fiery essence just like the Otak-Otak and Mee Siam. Likewise, there are those that can be downright simple, tasty and not spicy just like the Roasted Pork Rice (photo above). I know that I haven't explored yet even a third of the whole pie of the local foods. But I am taking one bite at a time to savor a lasting experience on top of a delectable treat.

Otak - Otak

Mee Siam

Monday, May 24, 2010

Singapore Blog Awards 2010

It's been a month of silence over here at Our Taste of Life. As much as I've been wanting to update and share my thoughts through my online sanctuary, the time to do so is just very elusive (work-life is a bit tight these days). Then suddenly I realized, we are already in the month of May and that means I should be celebrating because it's the blog's 3rd year anniversary. And what a wonderful surprise gift I just received?!!!! Our Taste of Life was chosen as one of the 10 finalists in the BEST FOOD BLOG category of Singapore Blog Awards 2010! I am simply lost for words on how happy and honored I was to receive such a recognition. To be selected in more than a thousand registered blogs and be in the select group of passionate foodies is already a price won. I've visited the other 9 finalists and all were steaming with delightful chows sharing the same passion for food. Thank you to everyone behind OMY for this honor. I am looking forward to the event.
To all my readers, I share this joy and achievement with all of you. Thank you very much for partaking in Our Taste of Life. Join me in this new journey. You may cast your vote from now until June 30, 2010. Voting is free and can be done daily. Attractive prizes also await voters. So, don't forget to drop by at the Blog Awards' website. Cheers! ;-)