Does anyone else try to eat as much local food as possible whenever they travel? This was drummed into me quite early on during my first family visit to Jamaica. It meant that Maccy D’s was off the menu (though one KFC meal was allowed, because rice and peas) and I carried on this tradition whilst backpacking with only one deep fried Mars bar ruining my plight. It’s probably pretty obvious that one of my favourite things about travelling is trying as many different dishes as possible. I have few dietary restrictions, so as long as it’s flavoursome and fresh, then I’m good to go. For my final Singapore post (sob), I thought I’d share a few of the unexpected meals that actually restored my faith in trying certain cuisines outside of their place of origin. As long as you do your research, you can actually stumble across creative dishes that have a new slant entirely (it helps that expats make up 25% of the population) and you’ll come back dreaming of things like roast pumpkin, spiced cashew nut and kale. It’s also made me want to continue my food-based travels, I’ve heard that some of the best Vietnamese food is actually in Australia, so in true Kristabel fashion I’m going to start saving for a flight asap.
AFTERNOON TEA AT POLLEN
AMERICAN BBQ AT MEATSMITH
French Bistro at Cocotte
AUSTRALIAN AT CHEEK BY JOWL
So what exactly is Australian cuisine? If Cheek By Jowl is anything to go by, it’s a clever mix of subtle flavours, good quality ingredients and the occasional Asian twist. The decor and presentation of the food is a little bit Kinfolk, so prepare to be inspired by all the earthenware and stone surfaces. Head chef Rishi Naleendra hails from Sri Lanka, so the pomelo ice-cream has a hint of laksa leaf, coconut and chilli that reminds you a little bit of a curry (but in the best possible way). They even have their own version of Duck & Waffle that comes with a cucumber side salad so you don’t feel quite so bad tucking in. After eating to excess a few too many times on this trip (ooops), it was refreshing to try some smaller plates and really appreciate all of the creativity that goes into each dish. You won’t find too many carbs here, which is a bit of a change for me who tends to order chips or rice with most things, but you really don’t feel like you’re going without.
CHINESE FUSION AT SKY ON 57
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Singapore posts! It’s definitely a destination that won me over through the friendliness of the people and the cultural mash-up present in the architecture and food. I would definitely try and stop off for a few days if you’re heading further afield, staying away from the shopping centres and experiencing the distinctive areas of Chinatown, Little India and Joo Chiat. Thanks again to Your Singapore and Unlisted for opening my eyes to such an interesting and unique country!