Morning: Day 1 Singapore
Our first day in Singapore started with a Starbucks cold brew coffee (as did the next 4 days). Don’t hate me for this, but it was literally the only coffee shop open at 5 AM (yes I was up at 5 AM). Once we got our coffee fix, it was off to breakfast at the Adam Road Food Centre.
Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak (stall 2) opens at 7 AM and we were right there waiting to order. Nasi Lemak is a dish served with coconut steamed basmati rice, a fried egg, curry fried chicken, small dried fish, otah (grilled fish cake in banana leaf), anchovies and a nice amount of sambal (chili spice). We ordered the Royal Rumble and everything on the plate was amazing, however the stars were the curry fried chicken, coconut rice and sambal. We were first in line to order, however, the line became long quickly so I recommend getting here early.
The Mee Rebus we ordered was also quite tasty. Mee Rebus is an egg noodle dish served in a thick broth or gravy, in this case a curry like mutton gravy. It includes a hard boiled egg, limes, green chilies, fried shallots, bean sprouts, onions, and dried shrimp.
After we finished breakfast , we headed to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The gardens were gorgeous. For an extra fee, we visited the Orchid Garden, which I highly recommend. It’s best to visit the gardens in the morning before it gets too hot.
Afternoon: Day 1 Singapore
After a lovely morning at the Botanic Gardens, we decided to get some pork rib soup (also called pork bone tea) at Song Fa Bak Kut Teh. The broth here is very flavorful, and the meat was “fall off the bone” tender.
We also ordered the braised pigs trotter which was absolutely amazing – the boyfriend’s favorite dish for the day. The boiled peanuts were also a very tasty snack.
Next, we opted for the boat ride on the Singapore river. We should have skipped this at $25 a pop, but I do love a boat ride. We got off at Marina Bay Sands to take a peek at the bar on the 57th floor. I recommend this over paying to go up to the observation deck; the view is the same and its free. We did, however, order a $12 raspberry lemonade to sip while we enjoyed the view.
Evening: Day 1 Singapore
Time for a rest – back to the hotel for showers and a little relaxation. We took a 20 minute walk down to the Zion Road Food Center for dinner, where we got fried char kway teow and teochew braised duck. The broth that came with the duck was delectable and the duck itself was tender and delicious.
We thoroughly enjoyed the fried char kway teow, especially the crunchy pieces of fried pork lard and cockles.
Jet lag set in so its off to bed. Check out Singapore – Day 2 for more adventure.