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The Here Be Geeks guys spared me from a redux of my previous day’s disastrous lunch by bringing me nasi lemak to chow down on the last day of the con. Thanks, Wai!

What you see here all unwrapped is rice flavored with padang leaf packed with a bergedil (a kind of potato ball), a sambal chicken wing, a fish cake, peanuts and ikan bilis, or dried fish.

This hit the spot!

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Chinatown Complex, Round Two, Singapore

Breakfast, Day Four…

Back to the Chinatown Complex! Breakfast there was so good the first time around, we decided to go back and try the places we missed… and the places that had long lines we didn’t want to wait in earlier! We figured if people were waiting that long, it must be worth finding out why…

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We started with two of the joints that had the longest lines last time we visited… both of which had barely any line at this time in the morning!

So first we got the sublime fishball soup from Hong Xing…

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Plump fishballs with such a subtle hint of simple fishy flavor in the broth…

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And two types of noodles…

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And then we headed over to Ah Heng for their Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee…

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They sell so much of this stuff they have to keep large vats stewing…

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Constantly kept fresh, I have a video of how this works that I’ll be posting shortly…

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Chicken, tofu, potatoes and egg noodles in a heavy coconut curry soup, just the way I like it…

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Realizing we hadn’t had Bah Ku Teh yet, which is a famous pork bone soup, we instantly went on the hunt for a bowl. And as this place had “Morning” in its name, we thought it would be perfect…

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And it was!

A darker, less peppery soup than we expected, so maybe they tone it down in the morning…

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The meat was fall-off-the-bone delectable…

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Lastly, we looked for the longest line we could find and came across this joint, Joe Pork Porridge & Raw Fish, and knew we just had to try it…

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The line…

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We deiced to forego the raw fish and went straight for the “pork parts” porridge…

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Where we discovered just why people were lining up!

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One of the best dishes we had all week!

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Tasty, tender bits of tripe, kidneys, liver, pork chop and pork meatballs in a warm rice porridge… I will go back for this every trip to Singapore from now on!!

Filed under Singapore STGCC Chinatown porridge pork offal curry fish balls noodles

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The Lau Pa Sat Satay Street, Singapore

Midnight Snack, Day Three…

Lau Pa Sat itself may have been closing, the satay street outside was still in full swing!

For those not familiar with what happens here, starting at around 7pm every evening, Boon Tat St. next to the Lau Pa Sat food centre in downtown Singapore is closed down, picnic tables and chairs are brought out, and satay food carts are rolled in. The whole block then turns into a big, outdoor, skewered-filled street party! We went by to meet some friends for a few beers and skewers after dinner at Swee Kee…

We started at Stall 8, which supposedly has the best satay on the block…

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The problem we found was that they pile all their satay too high on the grill, right on top of each other, mixing meats, and the individual skewers were mostly unevenly cooked…

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Definitely not the “Best Satay”, unfortunately!

We found the best satay of the evening was actually from Stall 10, Singapore Satay Heritage…

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Each piece evenly spaced and grilled perfectly…

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They even let me get in on the action…

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Plus, Heritage lets you mix and match your meats, so you can get a plate of chicken, lamb, beef, pork and all the offal…

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I definitely recommend these guys!!

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Swee Kee Fish-Head Noodle House, Singapore

Dinner, Day Three…

As I had a terrible lunch near the convention center, the only bad meal I’ve maybe ever had in Singapore… so bad I won’t even mention it further here… I needed an amazing dinner to make up for it! So our original plan was to go to Lau Pa Sat hawker center for these bone marrow and sambal stingray dishes I enjoy there. However, it turned out Lau Pa Sat was closing for a $4 million overhaul, so we were out of luck! But Disney Singapore’s Leslie Lee came to our rescue and took us to one of his favorite childhood haunts, Swee Kee (Ka-Soh) Fish-Head Noodle House…

What used to be a roadside stand where Leslie used to go with his family for decades has now been moved indoors, but the old school charm still oozes form he picture-filled walls and the food is still top-notch! Here’s a look…

Their signature fish-head soup…

Boiled for hours, the depth of flavor in this simple broth was mind-boggling! Made with fluke that evening, from what I understood….

Served with chillis, of course…

And bits of deep-fried lard…

Pickled vegetable salad…

Shrimp paste coated chicken wings…

A pile of corn flakes?

Corn flake crusted shrimp, actually…

Tofu made to look like scallops, covered in delightful crab sauce…

Done this way to give the texture of scallops but not have the taste of real scallops clash with the crab, supposedly. Sorry for the bad pic!

And finally, fried chigensai with garlic…

An unexpected yet ultimately unbelievably enjoyable surprise!

SWEE KEE FISHHEAD NOODLE HOUSE

96 Amoy Street

Singapore 069916

+65 6224 9920

http://www.ka-soh.com.sg

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Rasapura, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Breakfast, Day Three…

Normally I’d avoid food courts in malls, but in Singapore, even the food there is pretty damn good! So we had an early breakfast at the Rasapura Masters food court in the Marina Bay Sands Mall before I had to hit the Singapore Toys, Game and Comic Con on Saturday. Nothing too fancy…

A few plates of dim sum…

And noodles with meatballs and crispy wontons…

Fast, easy and tasty!

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Palm Beach, Singapore

Dinner, Day Two…

A couple of pics I posted previously here, but worth revisiting, I think.

Yes, Palm Beach is a bit of a tourist trap, especially given its proximity to the Merlion, but they can accomodate big groups and do offer some tasty Singaporean crab dishes. Cases in point…

Plus, you get to wear a cool bib when you eat!

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Dunman Road Food Centre, Singapore

Second Lunch, Day Two…

My quest down the food trail with the Here Be Geeks guys continued on, thanks in part to Andrew Zimmern. You see, as we were sitting and finishing our meals over at Bedok, I got a tweet from the Bizarre Foods host telling me I could not miss the laksa at Mary’s Corner. And as Andrew has never steered me wrong, we were soon on our way!

Turns out that Mary’s Corner has recently moved and is now located inside the Dunman Road Food Centre near Joo Chiat, so you know…

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However, much to our shock and dismay, Mary informed us she was not serving laksa that day!!

So we went with two of her other specialties. First up was Tau Kwa Pau…

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Tau Kwa Pau is deep-fried, stuffed tofu. It’s rather complicated, actually, so I’ll direct you to where Dr. Tay over at “I Eat. I Shoot. I Post.” explains it all here.

The other dish we got from Mary was her ngo hiang, or Chinese five-spice pork rolls! (Thanks, lim-inality and halfjill!)

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And since we were at Dunman Road and were in the mood for noodles, we ordered up a dish of more traditional char siu wonton mee to share…

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Turns out the place we got it from is notorious for supposedly having a very potent chilli sauce that has many folks running for the toliet after a few bites…

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I didn’t find it all that bad, to be honest.

Well, we tried our best, but it looks like I’ll have to wait till my next trip to Singapore to try Mary’s Corner’s laksa.

And remember to call ahead next time!

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