Since today is a Sunday we decided to have breakfast at home (tuna croissants). The croissants were from Giant supermarket which we bought yesterday after the visit to Ikea Tampines (Ikea Tampines is 20 meters from Giant). We made our coffee from the coffee packet which we obtained from Japan during our last visit in April.
Eateries/restaurants/cafes are usually full on weekends and public/school holidays in Singapore. Within this tiny island of Singapore (718 sq km or 277 sq miles) is a populaion of 5.4 million. It is projected to reach 6.9 million in 4 years time. Most inhabitants are foreigners and the locals made up of 3 million.
Barely 30 minutes after Ikea restaurant opened its door for breakfast, I arrived and witnessed the place was so crowded. Our population now is 5.4 million and the government is planning for a 6 million by 2020 and 7 million by 2030. True blooded Singaporeans at the moment stand at no more than 3 million. I don't know how it will be like having 7 million people living in a small island. A prominent S'porean suggested that Singapore is able to have a population of 10 million. This is crazy!
The durian edible flesh emits a distinctive odour that is strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard the durian as having a pleasantly sweet fragrance; others find the aroma overpowering and revolting. The smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust, and has been described variously as rotten onions, turpentine, and raw sewage. The persistence of its odour has led to the fruit's banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in Southeast Asia. The durian, native to Southeast Asia, has been known to the Western world for about 600 years. The nineteenth-century British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace described its flesh as "a rich custard highly flavoured with almonds". The flesh can be consumed at various stages of ripeness, and it is used to flavour a wide variety of savoury and sweet edibles in Southeast Asian cuisines.
The lunch set which is made up of a drink,soup,slice of garlic toast,Hainanese Pork Chop and rice ($13). The bottom last picture is the seafood fried hor fun ($8.50). The taste of the food at Han's is quite good but nothing to rave about.
We used to like the above food which is sold at B1 in JEM , Singapore. We were there this afternoon and when I ordered the Malay rice for myself and the chicken biryani for my wife, we were disappointed. The taste of the food was not as good as before. The cooks or chefs must have resigned and the new ones do not cook as well as the former. Sure we were let down. Incidentally, the lunch set which is made up of the beef rendang and 2 types of vegetables costing $6 whereas the chicken biryani cost $6.50. Not recommended at all.
Champon, also known as Chanpon, is a noodle dish that is a regional cuisine of Nagasaki, Japan. Due to the inspiration from Chinese cuisine, it is also a form of Japanese Chinese cuisine. Champon is made by frying pork, seafood and vegetables with lard; a soup made with chicken and pig bones is added. Ramen noodles made especially for champon are added and then boiled. Unlike other ramen dishes, only one pan is needed as the noodles are boiled in the soup. Depending on the season and the situation, the ingredients differ. Hence the taste and style may depend on the location and time of year. When we got into Hakata Station in Fukuoka,this was the first meal I've ordered. It was really delicious and satisfying after the almost 3 hour bus ride from Yufuin.
Ah Seng Bah Kut Teh opened in January this year at Blk 806 Hougang (opp Hougang interchange). Two of us ate the above plus 2 bowls of rice. We also ordered 2 cups of kopi O. Total cost is $24.10. Quality is below average. Not recommended.