Singapore! Day 10: Chinese seafood, Durian, and “that lunch we won’t talk about”
Tomorrow is my last day in Singapore. The time has pretty much flown by – especially considering I prefer long weekend vacations to full week vacations (and two weeks, in this instance!). Steve has done a great job of packing in a lot of sightseeing, time with his friends, walking about town, and of course…fantastic food!
As we set out for lunch today, he had planned on taking me over to Orchard Road for something “fancy”. As we walked, we saw more chickens on the side of the road. Because that still amuses me, I took a picture.
I told Steve that the burger joint he had mentioned earlier in the week actually sounded good. I think after having so much ethnic food (even for breakfast), I was just craving something American. Kind of pathetic, I know! It turns out that the place he had mentioned was not open for lunch. Steve begged me not to mention this in the blog, but in the interest of full disclosure, I’ll admit that we went to Carl’s Junior in the MRT station to have burgers and fries for lunch! I had the avocado and bacon burger, and he had the jalapeno burger. I also had the first caffeine drink I’ve had since I’ve been here. “American” iced tea. It was decadent!
We decided to head back to his apartment for the afternoon, as the threat of rain loomed over us. Again, it never did rain, but it was a good excuse for Steve to do laundry and for us to enjoy “The Dark Knight Rises“. At 2 hours and 40 minutes, it was a perfect way to spend part of the afternoon before heading out toward Wing Seong Fatty’s for dinner.
Fatty’s is a regular haunt for Steve and his friends. He ordered us Spring Rolls, Bok Choy, Black Pepper Prawns, and Black Pepper Chicken.
While all of the food was very good, I was especially partial to the Bok Choy and the Black Pepper Chicken. The black pepper in these dishes reminds me of the Kampot Pepper my friend Chanda sends me (it’s Cambodian pepper, and it’s amazing!) One piece of advice…the black pepper totally sticks in one’s teeth, so toothpicks and dental floss are key!
Since we were so close, Steve and I walked over to Bugis Street to check out the “affordable shopping”. Basically, it’s a small step up from China Town’s street market shopping, and you can buy everything from produce to clothing to accessories to trinkets. We stopped to check out the Durian, which is a fruit that smells so bad it’s actually banned on the MRT lines!
I told Steve that I would try it if it was a “must do”, but he didn’t force me to do so after dinner (had we gone before dinner, I think he’d have bought one for me). In all honesty, the pungent smell alone was enough to make me happy to pass on tasting it.
We then hopped the MRT back home and walked in intense humidity (89%)! I swear that today was the only day I truly felt like I was melting in Singapore – and it wasn’t all that hot! I have no idea how I’m going to adjust to going back to the Midwest US and deal with the snow and cold. I have one more day to enjoy the warmth of Singapore – stay tuned!