Meal Break in Singapore.

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  1. savydog
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    So you have a few hours to spare before your connecting flight out of Changi Airport, will you stay and wander the airport or head into town? With some advice from my friends in Vietnam, who know the Singapore food scene pretty well, I decided to have a meal and a walk around.

    This took me 2 hours from when I headed through customs, until I got back to departures. YMMV.
     
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    After clearing Customs my first step was to get rid of the carry-on bag - Baggage Services - You can check your bag in each terminal for a few dollars. You pay upfront and receive a ticket that you must present to retrieve your bag later. A couple of minutes and it was done. I checked my bag at Terminal 3 on the outside, but from talking to others it may have been better to check it on the inside before heading out.

    Next I headed to the Airports MRT station. This is very well signed and once down into the station there are automatic ticket machines on the left where you can purchase a ticket, for this particular trip I needed a single fare ticket to Tanjong Pagar Station it costs S$3-00. The machine accepted a $5 note which I had as change from my bag check.

    You can get a free map from stands inside the airport that shows both city streets and the MRT network.

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    There is a great food guide to Singapore called Makansutra my first stop was the Maxwell Food Centre to try a highly rated serving of Chicken Rice. Look for the Maxwell Road exit and head up the road.

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    You should see a rather large red building on your left if you are going in the right direction.

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    The food centre is on your right and the stall we want is Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice. If you enter from Maxwell road it is at the back row near the centre of the building.

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    Note that Anthony Bourdain is a fan :)
     
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    With this dish the rice grains are fried in garlic, sesame and chicken oil before boiling in chicken stock and the chicken boiled and sliced and served with a side bowl of spicy chilli paste.

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    A large plate will set you back $3.50. The chicken is so tender and juicy and the rice was sensational.

    If you head out the other door you are on South Bridge Road.

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    To your right a ways down the street on the left hand side you should see a temple. If you cross the road you will see a street with markets on your left.

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    You can explore these later if you have time. Just before the Temple is .... Temple Street.

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    You need to turn left onto it and head down the street quite some distance until you see on your left Traditional Desserts.

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    There are a lot of desserts to choose from, I had mango, pomelo and sago but just choose your own and enjoy. My dessert cost S$4.00.

    Mango and Pamelo.jpg

    Once you have enjoyed your dessert it is just a matter of retracing your steps back to the MRT and back to the airport. There is a lot of good food at the Food centre and also those markets could hold a few surprises for the folks back home. Have fun, I did.
     
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    Thanks Savdog, a shame that I do not have enough time on my next trip to leave the airport.
     
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    you are cutting it pretty fine then :)
     
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    Was in SIN back in February and my wife already made me book us another trip back there to eat. I don't want to spend too long on any given trip, but I make a point of visiting for the food - both the hawker stalls and the higher end dining. MMM. Make me hungry.
     
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    Thanks savydog for a great trip report. I am hungry- time to head to Singapore!
     
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    Savy.....you seriously should consider a career change.....as a travel writer. :)
     
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    If only Chimpy could work another 4 to 6 hours a day, then yes :)
     
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    Nice Savy. I do miss the food from SIN.
     
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    Nice Job SD! Good to see the dog eating 'people food'!:p
     
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    Looks like I will need to try to trace your steps on one of my forays into Singapore, but going onwards to/ from the City and whatever hotel I end up at. :)

    While the chicken looks all too beige, I bet it tasted fabulous, and that dessert looks heavenly. :p
     
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    Can't speak for the Dog himself, but a good chicken rice is one of my top three foods to get in Singapore. BBQ Stingray and of course Chili Crab being the others.

    I forgot to comment on the guide to Singapore mentioned in post 3, but it is excellent and everyone should check it out before traveling here.
     
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    Singapore is such a diverse place for food!

    There's the Indian restaurant Banana Leaf I think that's very good!

    I couldn't remember the place where they have some of the most wonderful Chili Crab in Dempsey.

    Bakut Teh is another thing which I love, right along Joo Chiat Road.. :)
     
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    2 hour layover going to SGN and 1 1/2 coming back.
     
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    after the chicken rice you may be looking for a hotel nearby ;)
     
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    I was given a copy of the 2011 Makansutra edition to make sure I found the right place. I asked my friends for the easiest options for a good meal and dessert if you were at the airport and wanted to travel to the city. I think they delivered. Chilli crab mmmm .... Since we are in that sort of mood, here are some of the soft shelled crabs I devoured in HCMC last week :)

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    For those with even less time and/or those who are of the wuss persuasion when in comes to heat and humidity, the Kopi food court in T3 Basement 2 has a pretty wide variety of stalls, some decent nosh to be had, and pretty good prices, though not as cheap as some of the downtown hawker courts. But the aircon is worth something, right?

    You can get there (landside) in less time than it takes to get to the MRT station.
     
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    A good option for the chimp as he has no time to go to the city, thanks for that :)
     
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    Thanks for the tip, I will have a look next month.
     
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    Indeed. There is a lot to be said for air conditioning, and additionally, might I also recommend that those who have stuffed themselves in the Kopi foodcourt perhaps book into the Crown Plaza, and relax. Fair warning though, the walk from the hotel elevator to the rooms is somewhat exposed to the elements.
     
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    I can vouch for that. In fact, sometimes, when we want to go for a drive and meal with the kids, we head to the airport and the T3 Kopitiam. It's not half bad!
     
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    savy, you need to organize a DO for us. I always love to read about what you're eating and where you going. Another great trip report!
     

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