Missing me? I was back home for a couple of weeks and took the time to visit some of the eating spots. Here're some of them where I actually got my camera along.
There were two Singaporean entries belonging to two extreme ends of the social spectrum in Patricia Schultz's 1000 Places to See Before You Die: Raffles Hotel - the luxurious colonial era hotel right smacked in the middle of City Hall (picture sipping cocktail surrounded by palm trees in an oasis of calmness amid the mad rush just beyond a wall, and the humble hawker centres - the collection of street food housed under covered compounds that can be found in most if not all the housing estates in Singapore.
Over the years, hawker centres gradually migrated into shopping malls in the form of air conditioned food courts. Basically carbon copies of each other, the street food of the old is now being served in a more comfortable setting at a premium.
It's no surprise that Resort World Sentosa is jumping into the fray as well. The newest addition to the food scene in Sentosa is the Malaysian Food Street, which is just next to the main entrance of Sentosa's Universal Studios theme park.
Not wanting to be "just another food court", Malaysian Food Street brings the most famous Malaysian street hawker fare under one roof. Names that include KL Jalan Alor Hokkien Mee, Penang Ah Long Lor Bak, Petaling Street Famous Porridge, Ampang Tong Tau Foo, Malacca Chicken Rice Ball, just to name a few.
Ampang Yong Tau Foo....
with a bowl of yam rice...
and some dim sum....
... with a cup of milk tea
The most striking has to be the facade. The old shophouses feel has been realistically replicated with the stalls on the "ground floor". It is like stepping right into the heart of the old Malaysian streets of the 1970s. You can almost imagine the hustle and bustle with clanking of pots and pans, and hungry customers chattering over dinner. The only thing amiss is the cool air conditioning and the constantly revolving Universal Studio globe less than thirty metres away.
If Sentosa is to have a food court, it might as well be the Malaysian Food Street. Never mind the irony of having Malaysian hawkers right at the doorstep of an island proud its own food heritage. Frankly, there can only be so many Food Republics (food court chain run by Singapore's BreadTalk). If there has to be a food court on Sentosa, it might as well be Malaysian Food Street. Looks like Sentosa World Resort has scored again. I wouldn't be surprised if there are people who would take the rail shuttle into Sentosa just for lunch going forward.
Read also Ayam Penyat Ria, Hock Lam Street Beef Kuay Teow and Wok & Barrel.
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