Jessica Explores Singapore Part 2 – Foodie Adventures
Hello, everyone! This week I am bringing you my final part of my Singapore diaries – the final one! This time, it is for the foodies out there. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Healthy and not… So healthy. A true mixture of elements here. If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I am a huge foodie! I love trying new foods, experimenting in the kitchen and eating slightly unhealthy goodness too.
I had previously visited Singapore prior to this trip and this time around I was extremely relaxed. I just wanted to discover new foodie gems and I did! When I was in Singapore I tried lots of different cuisines and experimented with my nutrition. I gained the new love for ‘brunch’ and I also became slightly obsessed with sushi, chicken rice and fresh fruit juices.
Street food is extremely cheap and can be purchased from the many food centres around Singapore. This is where you will get a true feel for things and this is also a great chance to surround yourself with the locals. I discovered that the busiest stalls serve the best food!
I was located just off Robertson Quay and brunch bars surround the Quay; avocado, eggs, yoghurt, granola, oats and açaí bowls GALORE! I also tried the finest cuisines at the Epicurean Market which took place at Marina Bay Sands. I tried my first ever açaí bowl and it was delicious! Singapore offers some amazing flavour combinations and they really do know how to serve food. From cheap affordable eats to the highest end food that leaves you feeling completely overwhelmed. I have tried both ends of the spectrum and both of them impressed me so much. I can say I have tried some of the finest foods in the world.
It is not every day you try some of Gordan Ramsay’s food or some of Waku Ghin’s food. Both of which were absolutely mouthwatering and the presentation was stunning, I just want to say the pictures don’t do the dishes justice. I have tried to include as much as possible and I am so sorry if I have missed something out.
Let’s Dig In!
My First Pit-Stop was Heathrow Airport – Plaza Premium T2 Departures
As a little treat, I was kindly invited to spend three hours in the Plaza Premium Lounge to enjoy their facilities before boarding my flight. A huge thank you goes out to Trusted Parking/Trusted Lounges for treating me to this, it was a beautiful experience and from now on, this will be the way I travel.
This made everything a lot easier in terms of preparation and relaxation. This lounge, in particular, offered some beautiful delights.
“Our lounges provide guests with a home away from home, a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the airport, by providing a space that offers first class service and facilities for travellers arriving, departing or transiting. Comfortable seating, recharging stations, food and beverages, high-speed Wi-Fi, VIP rooms, internet workstations, shower rooms and baggage handling are a few of the services we offer on our menu”.
Travelling can most definitely be stressful and can be very challenging; however, this improved my journey by 100%. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was fresh and relaxing and the internet access and charging stations were essential. Forget about the hustle and bustle of the airport, unwind, relax and be happy in this gorgeous modern lounge tailored to fit all of your needs prior to travelling. I would recommend the Plaza Premium lounge 100% & I will be re-visiting on my next travels.
Just look at the array of food they offered. Including a huge selection of hot and cold beverages from their bar located at the entrance. I was extremely surprised by their food selections and it was easy for me to select some healthy goodies. Prior to flying, I wanted to eat a nutrient dense meal and make sure I was hydrated and ready for my long haul flight. This luxurious lounge made this extremely easy.
On one of the evening’s, I was taken to this little gem. CM-PB is located at Dempsey Hill and is one of the many restaurants, bars and bistros. Dempsey Hill caters to everyone, so this is a must-see. CM-PB was beautiful and it had an awesome atmosphere. I dived into this plate of goodness – Nasi Lemak – a plate full of sweet and savoury flavour combinations. Pandan coconut rice, CM-PB wings, tiger prawns, otah, fresh cucumber, a sunny side up egg, sambal chilli and ikian billis.
This was the 4th year of the Epicurean Market! Serving gourmet food, wine and spirits across the weekend and injecting Singapore with some true delights. This was my first year attending and I loved it. This market is a great chance to try samples of the delicious food available at Marina Bay Sands, including the signature celebrity chef restaurants.
Culinary creations to infuse your taste buds with pure goodness. Adrift – David Myers, CUT – Wolfgang Puck, Bread Street Kitchen – Gordan Ramsay, db Bistro and Oyster Bar – By Daniel Boulud, Long Chim – David Thompson, Pizzeria Mozza – Mario Batali, Osteria Mozza – Mario Batali, Sky on 57 & Flight – Justin Quek, SPAGO – Wolfgang Puck, Waku Ghin – Tetsuya Wakuda, just to name a few! Food and drink was taken to a new dimension at this market, flavours were combined, the presentation was intricate and the atmosphere was completely overwhelming. A whole room filled with people who love food and drink and love to taste flavours from around the globe.
Sushi dates are definitely a thing now. Whether I am on my own or with somebody else! I am determined to learn how to master the art of sushi rolling. Just look at the colour combinations. I couldn’t believe my eyes and eating them was a great experience, I am now sushi obsessed. Avocado, tuna, salmon and prawn – the key staples!
Chicken rice is considered one of the national dishes of Singapore. Something so simplistic, but packed full of flavour and nutrition. I purchased this the majority of the time I was away because it was extremely affordable; converted to British pounds a portion of chicken rice would be £2.50 – £3.00. You can get either roasted or poached chicken with a side of rice, soy sauce, cucumber, coriander leaf and sometimes they even give you some beautiful aromatic soup. The rice is moist, soft and oily and is packed full of delicious flavour. Their portion sizes are definitely generous! I hope you’re hungry! Ginger and garlic are two main seasonings and they are the perfect combination for this dish. Singaporeans know how to do this. A true taste sensation.
Fresh fruit and fresh produce surrounded the streets of Singapore. China Town was filled with fresh fruit stalls and ready-to-eat sweetness. I couldn’t help but capture the colours from around Singapore. The Tiong Bahru market also offered some delicious fruit and vegetables which were fresh, vibrant and 100% delicious.
Be warned this fruit has one hell of a smell and lingers for days! Durian is everywhere in Singapore, they eat it fresh, in desserts, as a refreshing drink or as candy sweets. Singapore loves durian and they love incorporating it wherever they can into their dishes. I wanted to explore the durian fruit but sadly I didn’t have time. The smell is noxious and extremely off-putting but I would still like to try some one day! They even have signs on the subways saying ‘no durian allowed’.
This is the first cafe dedicated to açaí bowls in Singapore!
“We’re proud to be serving Sambazon organic açaí, which grows in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest where the berries are hand harvested by local family farmers. Our bowls are prepared fresh every day, with a heap of fruits and superfood toppings to complement our açaí smoothie base”.
This was up there with one of the best things I have ever tasted! I am a huge lover of smoothie bowls, granola and peanut butter. I went for the Nuts for açaí bowl because I absolutely peanut butter.
This bowl has an açaí base and was topped with banana, cacao nibs, chia seeds, and a choice of 2 nut butters – I chose peanut butter and a delicious cookie dough butter. The cookie dough peanut butter was delicious and I now need it on top of everything! This bowl was refreshing and packed full of antioxidants: omegas 3, 6 and 9, it is high in fibre and extremely low in sugar.
“The açaí fruit has up to 10 times more antioxidants than blueberries, is a great vegan source of essential heart fats, and also helps to control cholesterol. It’s high in fibre, and low GI, allowing you to feel satisfied even with a small portion”.
Whilst I was in Singapore I got into the habit of searching for new brunch places and trying out recommendations. I wasn’t disappointed with my findings! Poached eggs, scrambled eggs, yoghurt, avocado, granola, oats, muesli – everything! Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and I was willing to try both sweet and savoury options. Some of my favourites – Common Man, Epicurious, Toby’s Estate and Forty Hands. The superfood cookie from Forty Hands is a must! It’s delicious. I am now on the hunt for the best brunch places around Lancashire. Please send some ideas my way. Thank you Singapore for embedding my love for breakfast even further, I didn’t think that was possible!
Epicurious – Robertson Quay
No small portions allowed! Egg, avocado, toast and watermelon heaven with a side of fresh green tea. This combination couldn’t have been better.
Real Food – Central Quay
This foodie find was discovered when I visited Clarke Quay Central. I was so impressed with their quirky interior, their customer service and their menu. They had a lot to choose from that was ‘real food’. They also sold snacks, fresh produce and superfood powders. Their shop is every health food lovers dream!
“Real food is a self-run team of passionate and stubborn individuals who believe we are what we eat. We are independent, from health and food associations, institutes or ministries and we are not influenced by religion or politics. Instead, we spend our time being informed about where and how our food is produced while actively supporting local producers, therefore becoming part of the integral production process. Our café is also free from processed ingredients (food grade or otherwise), artificial preservatives and Trans-fat. Last but not least, we are meat free!”
I found it extremely hard to choose something from the menu because I wanted to try it all. I went for the muesli with apple, vegan milk, raspberries, banana and blueberries. It was absolutely delicious and when I visit Singapore again I will be visiting Real Food!
Just a short walk away from where I was staying was Toby’s Estate, up there with one of the best breakfasts I have ever had! Their quirky and edgy atmosphere combined with their mouthwatering food really did make this the perfect pit-stop for food and allowed me to unwind and relax. I went here twice and spent almost two-three hours here at a time! I loved it that much. I can’t wait to visit again and try more things from their menu. I tried their granola, natural yoghurt and berries one day and on another day I tried their poached eggs on wholemeal toast; both of which were stunning.
“S.E.E (Social, Ethical and Environmental) is a philosophy that we at Toby’s Estate endeavour to apply to all our trade practices. In our search for our core products, we strive to get as close to the growers and producers as possible. To achieve this we cut out the middlemen importers and use direct trade where possible.”
An amazing concept to stick by as a business, their success is large and you can tell that the people from Roberston Quay love this place.
Forty Hands – Located near Tiong Bahru Market
This little cafe was a true hidden gem, the cosy atmosphere, their comforting food and their interior takes comfort and brunch to a whole new level. Dark wooden furnishings adding warmth in a subtle way, maple glazed cakes and cookies, the smell of coffee lingering in the air… Want to visit Forty Hands yet? Well, you most definitely have to pay them a visit when you come to Singapore, their cakes, pastries and cookies are divine. I tried their superfood cookie and I wasn’t disappointed. Crunchy, chewy, gooey and sweet – the perfect combination of elements.
Tiong Bahru Bakery
THIS PLACE IS A DREAM. PASTRIES, FRESH BREAD, COOKIES…. And more! I discovered this beautiful place the last time I visited Singapore and I was so pleased to discover it again but in another location. This time near Tiong Bahru Market. I am a lover of sweet pastries, the smell of fresh bread and the crunch of homemade biscuits and cookies. This place takes my love to a whole new level and embeds my love for homemade baking even more.
“There’s always that special place in the areas we live. A café doesn’t merely dispense coffee. Neither does a bakery simply cook flour and put them on sale. They are strongholds founded deep in the history of the area it dwells, built upon with stories shared within and around its walls. We are dedicated to celebrating the individuals, embracing the stories and transforming the living space for people around us. We are dedicated to celebrating neighbourhoods”.
CMCR – Singapore
Granola and yoghurt were taken to a whole new dimension here at Common Man, my breakfast looked like a piece of intricate artwork. I couldn’t believe it. A bed of chopped fresh fruit and natural yoghurt which was layered with homemade crunchy granola, seeds and maple syrup and then decorated with edible flowers. I don’t think my breakfast can get any prettier than this. I also had this with some fresh mint green tea – my favourite!
Situated at 22 Martin Road, operating 7 seven days a week and serving an all-day brunch style menu; Common Man Coffee Roasters Café has fast become a favourite spot for locals and travellers alike. We have been proudly awarded Readers Choice Best Café by SG Magazine back to back in 2014 and 2015.
Boomarang Bistro and Bar
I tried both sweet and savoury brunch options this time around and I definitely made some good choices. Granola again and eggs again! I have also tried a pizza and a salad from here and their food seems to be delicious across their whole menu. Bringing authentic Australian food with a twist in their charming and relaxing surroundings Boomarang makes this another great brunch or evening relaxation foodie spot. Again this was located 5 minutes away from me, I was very fortunate.
“Boomarang is a café, bar & bistro which proudly serves fresh, authentic Australian cuisine while celebrating the charming culture. Located by the scenic Singapore River at Robertson Quay and also strategically placed near the CBD at Boat Quay, Boomarang offers a relaxing ambience for all-day dining & entertainment”.
Located on Robertson Quay a few doors down from Boomerang sits the beautiful Super Loco, a Mexican-inspired restaurant, bistro and brunch cafe.
This açaí bowl was slightly different to the one I tried at Project açaí, in fact, I preferred Project açaí a lot more! However, I am always willing to try new variations. This one had a bed of quinoa and chia seeds and was topped with granola, blueberries, mango and shaved coconut. The granola wasn’t as sweet and had a nutty flavour. However, it was still delicious and was packed full of crunch.
I am a lover of bright colours and food and when these elements are combined together I am very happy. Food is something I love to capture, eat and experience. Especially when I am abroad. I have taken some images of cakes, pizzas, the biggest burger I have ever eaten, some sweet rainbow cake and some fried Chinese goodies. (Warning: this may leave you feeling extremely hungry)
My favourite thing to eat when I am a holiday is frozen yoghurt. Cooling, sweet, and refreshing. Frozen yoghurt can be customised with toppings and the portion sizes are always so generous. Frozen yoghurt abroad always tastes so much better as well. Super creamy and super delicious. I topped mine with oreo biscuit pieces, chocolate covered toffee and extra chocolate chips. The bottom image I chose sliced banana, raspberries, granola and again, chocolate oreo pieces! Yes, I am slightly obsessed with oreo biscuits too.
I tried my first ever moon cake and I was so surprised! These cannot be eaten in abundance, as they are extremely sickly. They have a slight crust on the outside and the middle is extremely gooey, chewy and dense. I was lucky enough to try lots of different flavours and explore their tradition. It was wonderful. My favourite flavours were green tea and chocolate. Sweet and herbal. Their attention to detail when creating these moon cakes is like no other, their cakes are a true work of art and they would decorate any table centrepiece perfectly.
“Mooncakes are usually eaten in small wedges during the festival and shared by family members. They are generally served with Chinese tea, and, very rarely, mooncakes are served steamed or fried. In Chinese culture, roundness symbolises completeness and togetherness. A full moon symbolises prosperity and reunion for the whole family. Round mooncakes complement the harvest moon in the night sky at the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The mooncake is not just a food. It’s a profound cultural tradition deep in Chinese people’s hearts, symbolising a spiritual feeling. At Mid-Autumn Festival people eat mooncakes together with family, or present mooncakes to relatives or friends, to express love and best wishes”.
IndoChine at CHIJMES
As an early birthday present, I was treated to a wonderful meal at IndoChine, an authentic Asian restaurant which serves a combination of flavours from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. I chose the chicken dish seasoned with ginger, honey and soy sauce served with a side of brown rice and stir fried vegetables. I have never experienced a meal so rich in flavour, freshness and colour. It was absolutely delicious and it was a wonderful meal, I loved celebrating my 20th birthday with my best friends. Thank you, Gary and Sally!
Here is the end of my Singapore adventures for now. For me, balance is such a huge factor when it comes to nutrition. Having the confidence to try new foods and indulging is something that makes me happy. Food is to be enjoyed and explored, it should not be something to be frightened of and you shouldn’t restrict yourself from indulging. Food is fuel and it should be enjoyed! It creates some great memories too and hugs the soul.
I hope you liked seeing my foodie adventures around Singapore, check out my other blog post to see which sights I explored whilst I was there! Jessica Explores Singapore Part 1 – Sight Seeing – I love travelling and trying out new restaurants, bars, cafes and bistros and I enjoy documenting my finds here on my blog. Thank you for stopping by and reading my post and I hope I have inspired your future travels abroad. Singapore is definitely somewhere you should visit.
What was your favourite foodie find from my long list? Have I made you peckish now?
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