Have you ever eaten around the clock? Well, I have in Singapore. While I’m usually a two-meals-a-day person (I don’t really eat breakfast), in Singapore, we ate almost every couple of hours. Don’t blame us, blame the amazing food.
It’s only in Hong Kong that I discovered Asians’ passion for food. Mainland Chinese enjoy food, of course, but are not as crazy about it as Hong Kong people are. They simply eat non-stop. I remember going to my boss’ place in the evening and having dinner (or what I thought was dinner) with her family: pig feet, pork intestines, chicken feet, rice etc. And then, two hours later, everybody got up and went for the actual dinner in a restaurant where twenty people shared a table and the many 菜 (small dish).
I’m lucky to have a good stomach and a taste for street food. I’m not a huge fan of “weird” meat (i.e. intestines and the like) but I can eat pretty much anything else. You can’t really apply Western health standards to Asian street food but I’m perfectly fine with that. Who wants to live in a tasteless sanitized world, anyway?
We started our day by a traditional Southern Chinese breakfast: jiaozi (fried ravioli with meat, leak and cabbage), baozi (steamed bun with meat filling) and egg tarts (small tarts with custard filling).
Later, we had lunch in a huge food court in Chinatown. Mine was a vegetarian dish with stir-fried noodles, eggplants, potatoes and tofu.
In Chinatown, we headed to People’s Park where food was more appetizing than ever. I grabbed a “bing” (a fried bun with pork and vegetable filling) and some “liang mian”. These “cold noddles” help beat the heat in the summer. It’s exactly what it is, cold noddles with salt, peanuts, soya beans, spices and hot sauce. Leaves your mouth in fire, but it’s good!
We also had little snacks here and there, thanks to the many bakeries around. The best thing is that we didn’t overeat because portions were very small. All in all, it’s actually a pretty healthy thing to do, to just grab something when you feel hungry. And food is so cheap after Australia! Most meals cost us from $2 to $5, about ten times cheaper than in Oz.