Saturday, 27 September 2014

Singapore: China Town

Saw these very large tiger bags which Chek really likes and decided to take a photo to show him. Turns out Yingjie also really likes these kind of things (?) The Chin sisters certainly have very strange and similar boyfriends haha!

Well, I guess the bags are pretty cool to look at. However, they are still to ridiculous to be used as bags for any occasion in my opinion.

Lunch at Yum Cha!

20 Trengganu Street (Off Temple Street)
#02-01 (Chinatown)

Opening Hours:
Mon to Fri: 11am – 11pm
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 9am – 11pm

Apparently, I have been here before but that was when I was very young, which explains why I don't have any recollection of the restaurant. However, the food was really good nonetheless!

Definitely coming back here with my friends or with Mama Chin! However, we got to make sure we do not clash with lunch hour period because it would be quite crowded.

We had:
Century Egg Congee (皮蛋瘦肉粥)
Pork Ribs with Garlic (蒸排骨)
Shrimp Har Gow (水晶虾饺)
Fish Roe Siew Mai (鱼子蒸烧卖)
Red Oil Wontons (红油抄手)
Crystal Chives Dumpling (韭菜粿晶包)
Lotus Leaf Glutinous Rice (糯米鸡)
Custard Buns (奶黄流沙包)

Cripsy Red Bean with Banana (三味香酥并)

Chinatown has changed quite a bit since the last time I came. They've pedestrianised the roads into eateries with pricey local delights. This street above has become much cooler to walk in. Also, I personally like glass structures so I think the newly built roofs give the rustic area a fresh look. I am just a bit weirded out by the commercialised feeling I get as I walked through the area.

I think I can understand better now the problems of re-imaging - haha woah I am applying Human Geography into real life.

- Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum -

Walked passed one of these rare gems - laundry cleaning services. It's pretty uncommon to see such outlets in the city nowadays. I guess that's why it comes off as being so pleasing to the eye. It really reminds me of my Literature book, "Woman Warrior", where there is a Chinese mother running a laundry shop in America.

Pretty shells (and saga seeds) for collectors. I used to collect such items but now I don't really visit the beach as often. It's kind of sad but soon I will be able to do these things again :-)

Model Chin~ Hehe, I really quite like this picture :-)

So Papa Chin bought two random strangers' old report books off the streets of Chinatown. I would say that this is probably one of the most random things he has ever bought. However, at the same time I think it's pretty cool that he finds beauty in collecting these items of memory. Maybe it reminds him of his childhood days when report books looked like these.

To end off our already awesome afternoon, Papa Chin brought us to get some drinks at Chinatown Complex Food Centre. Justine and I shared some Soya Bean Grass Jelly drink :-) We just sat down and cooled off because the weather was pretty hot.

Lastly, Papa Chin had to use the bathroom so he left us in front of this quirky shop. He said he has always wanted to buy things from here but whenever he's free, the shop owner is not in. What luck that when we came the shop was closed as well :-( I would really like to go in and buy some of the cute items. Displayed at the window was a "Buckle Up Key Holder", which would make a really neat birthday present :-)