The Foodie Getaway: Hawker Hopping Bugis Street Style (in Singapore)
Singapore may not have the turf when it comes to cheap shopping but Bugis Street is one of the few places where you can score shopping goodies at relatively affordable prices. But for a foodie traveler, I really don’t scour my destinations for clothes or watches or gadgets but food. Lots of it. And I don’t mind paying up as long as the food is awesome. But in Bugis Street, food is not only reasonably-priced but I give it a thumbs up as well.
During my visit in Singapore for the Singapore Blog Awards 2012, I spent one afternoon food tripping around Bugis Street. With lots of choice, I think I already got full even by just looking around.
Near the entrance of Bugis Street, saw a long line of people queuing for Roti Buns. As a rule of thumb, if there’s a long line fall in it just for kicks.
Where the long line was, there was Lau Pa Sat. It is known for making handmade Roti Buns that in my opinion are really good. You can choose to have your roti buns sliced, buttered, kayad, peanut buttered, or you can just buy it as is and also get a separate spread to go. Kaya is a popular spread in Singapore so I was already contemplating of getting my Roti Bun with it. You can also get your roti with eggs and choose from different sausages as filling.
Really did not know what to choose so I just decided to give the Roti Bun with Kaya and Peanut Butter. At first, I thought the Roti Bun is just for single serving as that’s how I usually see it in some roti stores in Manila. To my surprise, they gave a plasticful of Roti Bun that can probably feed an entire family. Not complaining. A foodie knows how to appreciate this food goodness.
The Roti Bun had generous spread of Kaya and Peanut Butter. This is how I’d probably do it at home. Life is too short to put just a little spread on your bread.
Walking around Bugis Street some more, you get to see many stands selling sliced fruits. There are lots of watermelon, cantaloupe, dragon fruit, and other refreshing fruits whose name I may not be familiar with.
There are also stores that sell fresh fruits. There are rambutan, cherry, banana, apple, and other fruits. This is the first time I saw fresh cherries sold off a stand.
It was Durian season when I visited Singapore so there are lots of fresh Durian in the fruit stands in Bugis Street. In Singapore, as in Malaysia, Durian is a well-loved fruit. I did not know that there are specific cultivars of Durian that people prefer better and I got to know them a little with this visit. Popular cultivars are D24, Sultan, and Mao Shan Wang. Of course, they are pricier too.
Going deep inside Bugis Street, there is a spot filled with lots of hawker stations. You can buy Hainanese Chicken, different noodles like Hokkien Mee and Char Kway Teow, Laksa, and Curry dishes. A lot of people are lining up for this Fried Carrot Cake but was not able to try it because we were already quite full. Next time.
Wouldn’t miss eating noodles though. Hokkien Mee.
Needed something to push down all the food we ate. Tried the watermelon juice. It was refreshing but it was not enough so had to buy two more iced teas. One obviously had soy milk in it.
Bugis Street is also home to many high-end shopping malls like Bugis Junction and Iluma, and high-end hotels like the Intercontinental Singapore.
Bugis Street is easily accessible via MRT (train) on the East-West Line (Green Line).
Spread some awesome..ness..