2nd post of the Taiwan series detailing my eating adventures in Taiwan.
As alluded to in my previous post, I had attended my friend’s wedding in Taichung and as part of the post wedding celebrations, the newlyweds brought us on a trip to Sun Moon Lake. While en route, we stopped by the 921 Earthquake museum which was built in memory of the 1999 7.3 Earthquake that had devastated central Taiwan on 21 Sept 1999. J’s husband is actually from Wu feng, the district where the earthquake hit the hardest, so he told us his personal experience of how the entire first storey of his family’s home had collapsed during the earthquake, and the family members had escaped by climbing out through a window in the second storey. The museum is located on the site of the former Guangfu Junior High School, and the ruins of the school had been left untouched to show visitors (like us) the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake. Continue reading
I’ve just come back from a trip to Taiwan where I attended my friend’s wedding in Taichung. We’ve known each other since university days in New Zealand, so I was really happy that I was able to find this gap in between current examinations and the start of summer school to celebrate with her.
Singapore is often known as a ‘melting pot’. That is, a place where all cultures and traditions come together. Sometimes, new ones get created, other times, the existing ones persevere through because they are just so well kept. The same goes for food. Despite our immigrant history, Singapore does have some dishes that are uniquely ours – hokkien mee, carrot cake, bak chor mee, chicken rice just to name a few. When I was overseas, I missed these dishes with great longing. My Malaysian friends (also Singapore’s closest neighbours) often beg to disagree, complaining that Singapore food is too bland, and Malaysian food just has so much more flavour in it. Hence, when this new eatery selling Ipoh hor fun opened up near my house, it seemed like a good opportunity to try something which has often been raved about, but I’ve never had the chance to try. Continue reading
Conveniently located near my school so that I could have a “quick dinner” with my folks and run back to the library for more studying since at that point I still had two papers to go and they were back to back papers. A quick perusal of the food blogs on Saveur reveal that its main lure is the relatively very affordable prices for french cuisine. However, a quick note that prices stated in the older reviews have since gone up by about $2-$3 when I ate there last weekend. Damn inflation and rising food prices. There was quite a queue when I arrived, but they have the sms queuing system where you just type in your number and the restaurant will call you when a table is ready. There is also an online website for you to check how far along are you in the queue Continue reading
Round two of the little sis birthday celebrations. We went for a family lunch at Da Paolo pizza bar at Holland village. We thought it interesting that the place does not take reservations. Hence, we had to ensure we left the house early to secure a table (I mean logically speaking, you wouldn’t take reservations if you knew that you were always going to be full right?). However, when we got there at around noon, the place was quite empty which got a “huh” response from us. Continue reading
Examinations are ongoing now, so have not been eating out so much. However, last weekend was the little sis’s birthday, so I took the time to take her out for a nice meal. However, I confess, I got a little lazy and anxious about where to bring her. Italian? Local? Japanese? As the days led up, I made a quick decision. We were going to do a buffet so that we could have a bit of everything. So after having done some research, figured that Lime would be something nice to try – It had been getting some steady reviews on the quality of the food and it was also on the entertainment app. Score. Continue reading
There are nights where you go out to town and be seen, there are nights where you just want to go somewhere nearby in a t-shirt and shorts for dinner. Last Friday was a “let’s go somewhere near night”. For a neighbourhood establishment, it was very crowded and luckily we got a table in less than thirty minutes. And the restaurant continued to be full even while we were eating. Families kept coming in to queue up for a table the entire time we were there – certainly a very popular spot.
The good thing about discovering the entertainment app is that I’ve discovered a new host of restaurants that are located within reasonable walking distance of my university. Hence, whenever we get tired of a certain type of canteen food, I can look to the app for some suggestions. One place that has been on my list of places to try is Sprigs and their weekday set lunch at $14.90++ certainly caught my eye as a potential value for money deal to try. Another note is that Sprigs is only opened from 12pm to 2.30pm for lunch, so timing is quite important especially if you have classes! Continue reading
Chicken rice is one of those Singaporean lunch time staples. You’re likely to find a chicken rice stall in almost every food court, hawker centre or kopitiam. Heck, there are restaurants solely dedicated to the selling of chicken rice. I do actually know people who eat chicken rice like everyday. Hence, it being such a national dish, we tend to get rather picky and opinionated on where has the best chicken rice. Every element of the dish counts! From the rice, to the chicken, the cucumbers and the chilli sauce. Continue reading
We were trying to figure out where to have D’s birthday lunch, but we just could not agree. In the end, M decided that if we could not come to a consensus, we were heading to The Bistro, a restaurant opened by the NUSS Graduate Club for its members. The most basic way to become a member is to be a graduate of NUS (which of course M was), but a quick look on its website reveals that you can also become a member if you’re from the approved list of local and foreign universities. Wonder what that means. So of course, here’s where we ended up last Sunday. Continue reading