two days in Singapore

Pagoda Street, Chinatown, Singapore

 

 

I took advantage of a three-day weekend to take a quick trip to Singapore. This was my last chance to travel in Asia before my return to the USA at the end of the month. Two days is much too short to take advantage of the stunning variety of food for which Singapore is famous, but I tried my best, fitting in four to five meals each day.

My base for three nights was the One Orchard YMCA Hotel, centrally located and next to the MRT station, which felt like my second home as I shuttled between historic districts and food hawker centers. The trip was sometimes relaxing – a back and foot massage in a cool, dark massage therapy center was a highlight – and sometimes rushed, as I did as much walking as I could in the heat and humidity, burning off calories before my next meal.

Here are some highlights from my whirlwind trip.

 

 

Hawker Chan Hong Kong soya sauce chicken rice – the only hawker stall with one Michelin star

 

 

serving the next customer in line, Hawker Chan stall

 

 

Big prawn noodles, Chinatown Complex Food Centre

 

 

Sri Mariamman Temple, Chinatown

 

 

chicken masala meal on banana leaf, Tekka Centre, Little India

 

 

Maxwell Food Centre – one of the “hawker centres” where former street food sellers were relocated, and the places to get the cheapest and best food in Singapore

 

 

the famous Tian Tian Hainanese chicken rice, with a side of bean sprouts with cuttlefish

 

 

beef rendang, Kampong Glam district

 

 

Sultan Mosque, Kampong Glam

 

 

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