The sounds, smells and atmosphere at one of Singapore’s best night food markets is unbeatable. As soon you enter you will be approached by various food hawkers proffering their wares. The selection is second to none and since it was recently renovated it has become a little more upmarket – I miss the old more gritty feel – it seemed more authentic. Nonetheless, a definite – die, die, must try – there is something for everyone.
Make sure you get the stretch tea, but ask the purveyor before you take pictures – common courtesy.
We had a group of about 10, so no, I am not a glutton – 😉 Go with a large group and try as much as you can! Afterwards some nice cool juicy fruit or an ice kachang do not go astray.
Naturally, we were served by the ubiquitous Tiger Beer ladies and also enjoyed the cold fresh lime juice.
Kopitiam – soft boiled eggs, kaya toast with a slab of butter and dark soy sauce and white pepper and the obligatory strong sweet coffee – boiling hot. Breakfast is served, Singpaore style.
My brother and I occasionally go out for dinner and have decided to review our respective experiences. So, in a nutshell, one meal, two points of view. You can find his blog at: https://itlooksclear.wordpress.com/
Without further ado, we bring you Chur burger in Surry Hills, Sydney.
The pictures above do the food justice – pure deliciousness.
We were lining up – waited 15 minutes – really? For a Burger?
The clientage is largely Asian, and 20 years younger than me, reflecting the general neighbourhood demographic.
Finally seated, we overlook the magnificence that is Surry Hills.
Muzak is thumping in a neverending blend of bass and fragments of melody – while conversation acquits itself well in the competition to achieve maximum cacophony. Smells are wafting through the humid air in not at all unpleasant profusion – the juxtaposition of auditory and olfactory pleasure/pains is not lost on this humble scribe.
The menu is simple, with a burger of every carnivorous variety as well as vegetarian options. The chips are crunchy and the burgers a delightful explosion of flavours. I myself enjoyed the pulled pork – a revelation if you go in for that sort of thing. We also ordered coleslaw and the iceberg salad – slightly too salty for my taste.
Which brings me to the drinks – a variety of up market soft drinks, shakes and beers, something for everyone.
All in all, I highly recommend the Chur to all burger enthusiasts – you will not be disappointed, but if you want to avoid a queue, go early.
Christmas lunch at TGIF proved to be a an all-American experience – large quantities of food – sports memorabilia miserable failing to obscure poor wall paper choices and almost one flat screen per paying customer. Conversation was difficult over the cricket and muzak background noise, but the wait staff were sufficiently cheery, festive and helpful.
I will say that the food was good and plentiful (if you like steak, burgers, ribs etc) and reasonably priced.
They also accommodated my team of 12 with only 1 days’ notice on what is arguably one of the busiest lunch periods of the year – the last working week before Christmas.
So, all in all, enjoyable if kitschy, relaxed yet cliched and colourful enough for even the most jaded consumers to sparkle at least for a brief moment in the lead up to the Christmas battles we all face.
Yup, a lot worse. A fine finish to a fine meal. Subtly smokey honey coats your mouth as you sip and enjoy. Tranquil.
In fact this is the first time I have tried snails. Quite nice, cooked in garlic butter and then spooned into a crispy vol-au-vent. The garlic was not overpowering. All around delectable.
Nice beer in San Jose, local micro brewery I believe, very reminiscent of a Belgian Triple.