Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Culinary offerings from a small island

I like food. A lot. So when I recently moved to Singapore it wasn't the sun or proximity to turquoise waters and white beaches that got me excited, it was all the different dishes, tastes and ingredients on offer. Eating is not only one of life's greatest pleasures, it's also Singapore's favourite pastime so no excuse for not getting stuck in.

Peranakan, Malay, Chinese, Eurasian, Vietnamese, Indian, Thai, Singaporean and Japanese cuisine all play a part in contributing to the melting pot of food cultures found here. Culinary delights aplenty, I've stumbled across some finger lickin' good local dishes which have taken poll position and deserve a special mention: creamy soupy laksa with prawns, famously found on the East Coast; popiah, crunchy vegetable bits rolled up in chewy rice skin (the Chinese version of a burrito); Peranakan Nonya rice dumplings wrapped tightly in banana leaves. And don't get me started on the dim sum.

Laksa with prawns
Nonya rice dumplings

Love Alice X

My favourite things:

1. Scotch eggs
2. Turkish delight
3. Hot baths (anywhere but Singapore)

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