We were scheduled to fly out of Manila at exactly 645AM. Following the standard airport rule, we had to be at the airport at least 3 hours before our flight. At 3AM, Paul and I woke up and found out that there was no electricity. The wind was still very strong and the rain somehow made me feel a bit anxious about flying. After a series of calls made to Cebu Pacific, we were told that there was still no advice if our flight will push thru or not, nonetheless, we have to be at the airport in 45 minutes. We prayed and quickly did some last minute packing with just our cellphone's flashlight shining our way around the room and within 15 minutes we were finally on our way to the airport. I continued to pray that the weather will improve allowing us to fly off.
Our flight was delayed for an hour but I really didn't mind for as long as Cebu Pacific can make sure we're flying out safely. Finally, we made it to Singapore at exactly 1130AM and after breezing through immigrations and the luggage conveyor belt, we saw our friend HK of Nasi Lemak happily waving at us as we exit the arrival hall.
This marked the beginning of our Singapore gastronomic adventure.
We loved the crunchy soft Prata with Onions (or as HK would call Bawang). The sauce was good though we still love the thick curry sauce that we were accustomed to. Nonetheless, this is definitely one thing we will try on our second, third and succeeding visits.
Peranakan Cuisine 101
From the Tekka Market, we took a short drive to Bukit Timah to visit a well-known Peranakan restaurant called Ivins. I wasn't really sure what Peranakan was until HK told us the history of the Peranakan clan and how well all Peranakan ladies can cook. Wow! Knowing that, I was excited for the second leg of our food tour.
It was almost 2PM and yet the restaurant was packed. HK instructed us to go in and get ourselves a table while he look for a parking space. We were immediately entertained by one of its server whom we later found out was a Filipina.
We went through the menu but waited for HK to order as he would know best what's good to try here. Taking a peek at our neighboring tables, I noticed that Peranakan dishes were mostly served in a hot ceramic pot.
Next came the Babi Pongteh ($5.40 / est. Php. 180.90) which is very similar to our pork adobo. Paul enjoyed this dish very much. The pork meat was very lean that we would have enjoyed it more if it had a little fat to make the meat more tender. Nonetheless, the sauce was very fragrant which was perfect when mixed into your rice.
We were so full from eating but HK still insisted that we have to have dessert. To compromise, we got the Buboh Cha Cha ($1.20 / est. Php. 40.20) and the Tausuan ($1.20). Unfortunately we were busy enjoying the food and each other's company that we forgot to take photos of these two sweet treats. I liked the Buboh Cha Cha which has a close similarity with our local Guinataan. The Tausuan was also very refreshing and we enjoyed the small strips of yeow tiao with yellow beans.
Thank you HK for the wonderful food tour around Singapore! :)
Tekka Market is in Little India, take the MRT and go down at the Little India station. The Tekka Market is located right beside the station's exit.
Ivins is located at 19/21 Binjai Park, Bukit Timah, Singapore. Call them at +65-64683060.