Eating In: Hummus + Baguette Chips

Hummus and baguette chips were next in the next series of “using up what you have” ingredients, namely baguette near its end, as it gets hard. In the tragic phase where bread no longer becomes bread as it hardens, chips are the next best thing. Hummus is expensive (and mostly unavailable) at the nearby grocery store, so why not make hummus? It’s just chickpeas all mushed together right? Well… apparently it’s chickpeas and tahini, but of course it would be without tahini this time.

hummus + baguette chips

hummus + baguette chips

hummus + baguette chips

hummus + baguette chips

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Eating Out: Chinatown Food Street

The other day we explored Chinatown in search of food and crafting goodies. Chinatown hosts a multitude of eating places offering local and international fare, nestled in between rustic shop houses, and is home to some of Singapore’s trendier social gathering places (Club Street or Ann Siang Hill anyone?). This time we opted to dine at Chinatown Food Street.

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The stalls were designed to give an “old-timey” feel. It’s borderline kitschy but somehow it works. A majority of the vendors offered variants of Chinese food, from steamed fish head to chicken rice, though there was an Indian vendor as well. We circled the stalls indecisively multiple times…

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… before deciding on Kung Pao Chicken (S$15, Large Portion) and Baby Kai-lan in Oyster Sauce (S$10, Large Portion). It was a good decision, namely because it had been one of the best kung pao chicken dishes I’ve had. The chicken was very tender and the sauce actually spicy, though I wouldn’t recommend eating the chili pepper unless you’d like to cry for the remainder of your meal (or, if you decide to, at least do it at the end of your meal). The kai-lan in oyster sauce didn’t disappoint, though this is a hard combination to mess up.

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Mother told me to eat my greens.

We worked off those calories walking along the rows of shop houses that line the area. I used to scour stores in Chinatown (and Arab Street) for unique cushion covers, and found some beautiful embellished ones for S$10.

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A day in Chinatown is always a good day! Have a lovely day!

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Exploring: Johor Bahru

I love Singapore for its proximity to neighbouring countries. This past weekend, Aaron and I crossed the border to Johor Bahru, or JB, Malaysia to visit the family I used to live with. Many Singaporeans cross the border and take day trips to JB where good eats are plentiful. The exchange rate for S$1 is approximately RM2.50.

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The trip was maybe a 15 minute bus ride on bus 170 from Kranji MRT station and probably was not more than S$2, if at all. If you’ve never done this before, I’d encourage you to. This is extremely easy (although peak hour traffic is ghastly, so avoid like the plague). We got off the bus at Woodlands checkpoint to immigration. After passport stamping, we hopped on another 170 bus to cross the Causeway. We got off the bus again at the Malaysian immigration to do the same thing, and you can choose to hop on another bus or just walk out of the complex to the city centre.

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We stopped by a kopitiam, the equatorial version of Cheers, where everyone drinks coffee loaded sugar instead of beer. From chatty regulars to the mismatched brightly coloured stools, everything about the kopitiam was charming.¬†Within minutes, our friendly neighbours were chatting us up–‘you just returned from the US?’, ‘how long is the flight?’, ‘oh, 8 hours to London? 24 hours to the US? 2 hours is my maximum!’.

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All conversation accompanied by kopi. Art direction by the kopitiam staff who set up this shot and loaned boiled eggs for this picture.

At the kopitiam, we had the beloved Malaysian classic, Nasi Lemak, and Mee Rebus. The nasi lemak only came with an egg, so you can choose other sides to accompany it as well. And the mee rebus? So good! The tangy aroma from the lime makes it difficult to stop eating.

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Mee rebus

Gained a couple of pounds from in two days, so I’d say it was a successful trip! #fattiesforever

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Happy Trails with Mimi

Mimi is in town briefly, so we did what we always do: take photos and paint the town red. I’ve known Mimi since the eighth grade, and while we may not see each other for extended periods of time (~4 years), it feels as though a day hasn’t even passed (so cheesy, I know). Throughout the years I’ve subjected her to plenty of stupid poses in my wild photography experiments, which she always graciously agrees to do for some reason.

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We have a lot of fun together.

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