Shoe Haven, Food Court Marathon and Debunking the Myth of Singapore!
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April 2nd, 2008 – by: martinikitty13
At lunchtime, we decided to sample various treats at the various dept store food courts. First was the Takayashima food court. We had: fried carrot cake (i.e., turnip cake)(quite good and simple, reminds me of a taiwanese dish); yakitori skewers (pork with asparagus and unagi)(yummy); and octopus and shrimp balls (i.e., pieces of octopus and shrimp dipped into batter and cooked up in little balls and served with sweet mayonnaise)(i like these better than the ones in Osaka).
Feeling a bit refreshed we continued shopping. I stopped by Chanel to drool over a wallet I wanted but Amanda reminded me to control myself. So we headed over to Isetan (another dept store) to buy even more shoes.
On our journey back to V's place, we stopped for another snack at Din Tai Fung - a soup dumpling joint started in Taiwan. This outpost wasn't as good, but it was good enough to satisfy my soup dumpling cravings. Yum!!!! (Soup dumplings are little pork sumplings encased in a small pillow of dough; when it is steamed, the juice is released so when you pop the entire thing in your mouth, you essentially get "soup" in your mouth). I was surprised Amanda had never tried it before since there's a store about an hour outside of LA. I clearly have been a bad friend since I've never taken her before.
We finally made it back to V's, and we knew another friend of ours (Jason) would be there to let us in. He lives in London but came out to celebrate V's birthday with us.
Tonight we went to a chinese restaurant for dinner. Unlike most chinese places in the U.S. which is usually based on Cantonese, Taiwanese or Szechwuan cuisine, this specialized in the Hokkien cuisine (sp?). We had:
fish maw soup (quite soothing and comfortable)
fried bean curd with minced pork (tasty)
some veggies with garlic (yeah for fresh vegetables!)
pan fried noodles in gravy (just so-so)
braised pork slices served with steamed buns (jackpot! this was amazing! there's a lot of fat but the sauce and the buns temper that down and all you get is buttery yumminess in your mouth)
After dinner, V took us to Wine Company to have drinks with some of her friends (lots of expats and other very worldly folk).
As a random aside, both Amanda and I have been surprised that Singapore isn't as pristine and lawless as we were led to believe. Don't get me wrong - iin comparison it is a very clean place and the law is strictly enforced - but only if you are caught and apparently the police is understaffed. For some odd reason, we trully believed that we wouldn't find any litter or signs of crime, but we were wrong. Our evidence is as follows:
- First there is a fugitive on the loose! A suspected terrorist who was limping and shackled during police transportt managed to escape and limp(?) himself to freedom.
- We noticed random trash laying around, and while driving, actually saw a man toss something out of his car!
- Although V told us not to jaywalk, we saw everyone jaywalking so we joined in. (I wonder what the fine is for that...) (Random note - pedestrians don't really have the right of way so be careful!)
- Lastly, V told us that at a local eatery, during lunch hour, one of the chefs murdered another kitchen staff and no one noticed in the busy hubbub - the patrons kept on eating and didn't hear the screams emanating from the kitchen. Scary, huh? Even I have to admit that is carrying the love of food too far...
I'm not saying that people should come and start spitting gum out on the street or anything because if you are caught you will get slapped with a hefty fine, and possibly caning (which I hear is not pretty) , but I admit I'm a little surprised.
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