12 February 2015

Delicious Food this CNY at Chinatown Food Street

This past weekend saw us visiting Chinatown Food Street on Smith Street for a pre-CNY reunion supper complete with the Yu Sheng.  Chinatown Food Street is the place to eat whilst indulging in all the Chinese New Year festivities in Chinatown and at the moment the street is decked out in festive decorations, only adding to a great atmosphere.  In addition there are also a variety of activities currently on offer, including lighting of sparklers and games for the whole family.  It's the perfect spot as you can dine al fresco but with the advantage of a covering (just in case the heavens open) plus there is also some air conditioning in place to make the dining experience even more comfortable.   

got to enjoy my first Yu Sheng last year and despite this one being in quite a different location to the last, this was no less enjoyable.  The Yu Sheng is a dish typically containing raw fish (most commonly salmon) and shredded vegetables mixed with a variety of sauces and other ingredients.  We joined a small group and, as is the traditional way of serving this dish, one of our party proceeded to add all the ingredients according to the order in the attached photo and as the MC called out what to add next.  You can see here what each ingredient symbolises, they all have an important meaning for an auspicious year ahead.

Once all the ingredients were added we stood up and readied our chopsticks and began to toss the ingredients together whilst chanting various auspicious wishes again led again by the MC.  It is believed that the height of the toss reflects the height of the diner's growth in fortune so it is advisable to toss as high as you can!  It's great fun, even if I do need some more practice.

Before (above) and afterwards (below)

Chinatown Food Street has a whole load of stalls though and after the Yu Sheng we, of course, got to dine on a few dishes from some of the other stalls too.  A selection of just some of these are in the photos below.  There are twenty four hawker stalls in total to choose from, all serving different local delights so there is bound to be something there for everyone to enjoy.  The dishes on offer are a celebration of all the Chinese dialects and different races in Singapore, included are the traditional dishes as well as more modern cuisine.  Some of these include, chicken rice, Hokkien mee, frog porridge, various noodle dishes, chicken wings, bak kut teh, satay, popiah, laksa and lots lots more.  The stalls take the form of street carts and recreate the busy hawker filled streets that Chinatown was renowned for.

It was a fun evening and it was great to have the opportunity to do the Yu Sheng again.  Get yourself down there asap and join in all the fun with your family and friends whilst enjoying some delicious local food!  

The opening hours, for the Street Hawker Stalls only, are currently extended from 11am until 2am daily until the 18 February 2015.  Please note that Chinatown Food Street will then be closed on the 19 February 2015 and resume normal operating hours (11am to 11pm) on the 20 February 2015.

In addition if you head down to the food street between the 13 February 2015 and 3 March 2015 and spend $10 in a single receipt you will receive a 20% discount voucher off Trick Eye museum admission tickets.  Terms and Conditions apply, the voucher is only valid until 31 March 2015.

The price range of dishes are between $2.50 and $10 a dish from the stalls, excluding the Yu Sheng ($28 for small, $38 for large).

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Thank you to Chinatown Food Street for the kind invitation.

09 February 2015

Chinatown Welcomes the Year of the Goat

Something that's become a bit of a tradition with us is to go to Chinatown during the build up to Chinese New Year to see the decorations and take in a little of the pre-CNY atmosphere.  This year sees the turn of the Year of the Goat so naturally the decorations in Chinatown, which are always pretty good, have a goat theme to them this time.

We always make a point of going for some food in Chinatown whilst we are there and then just enjoy wandering around soaking up all the action.  Here are just a few of photos from our recent visits to whet your appetite for the upcoming public holiday.

Gong Xi Fa Cai! 

02 February 2015

Singapura: 700 Years

Currently on display at the National Museum of Singapore is the exhibit, Singapura: 700 Years, which we visited recently.  The main galleries at the National Museum are currently closed for a revamp and scheduled to reopen in September 2015.  I have visited several times and always enjoyed walking through the previous galleries so I'm sure when they reopen it will be well worth another visit.

In the meantime though Singapura: 700 Years aims to take you through the various stages of  700 years of Singapore's history.  Before you enter the exhibition you firstly get a chance to read about some of the archaeological digs that have taken place in various parts of Singapore over the years.  Included within this are, of course, some of the items that have been dug up.  Of most interest to me, purely because I don't live that far away from it, was the dig of Fort Tanjong Katong, which stood from 1879 to 1901 in Katong park.  I'd heard about it before but it was interesting to read a little more.

Once you enter the exhibition it is broken into five sections; Ancient Singapore (1300 - 1818) the time when Singapore was known variously as Temasek and Singapura amongst others, Colonial Singapore (1819 - 1942) the time period seeing the arrival of the British and the rise of Singapore as a regional trading hub, Syonan-To (1942 - 1945) when Singapore came under the rule of Japan, Road to Merdeka (1946 - 1965) post-war Singapore, a time of rebuilding and revolution and Independent Singapore (1965 - 1975) the first ten years of nation building following independence.  I won't spoil it too much for you here but all the sections are packed full with information and there are plenty of interactive activities to keep everybody entertained.

Whilst, if you've read anything of Singapore's history or visited the exhibits currently under renovation at the museum I'm not sure you'll learn anything hugely new from this it's still worth a visit, especially as Singapore celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence this year.  I enjoyed the section about the archaeological digs that have taken place here over the years the most, as it was something I wasn't really aware of.  Personally I'd also have liked to have seen something post 1975 showing a little more perhaps of just how far Singapore has come since then and maybe what the future will bring, nonetheless though it was an interesting morning.

Singapura: 700 Years is on now until 10 August 2015.
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