That’s pretty much what you do in Singapore. It’s quite hot but the thing we’re really not accustomed to is the humidity. Walk outside and you melt.
Our hotel is quite close to Little India so we ventured to the very different part of town. The Mustafa Centre here is massive and sells everything from mangoes to microwaves and more. We were a little disappointed with the prices – expecting them to be quite cheap, when really it is only the currently favourable exchange rate that saves you a dollar. We hoped to have lunch at the Tekka Centre, which is loaded with Hawker stalls, but alas, it was completely closed for renovations.
After a disappointing start, we decided to hit the shops as it is currently The Great Singapore Sale. Although Leah was succesful almost straight away, it did take me a while to find some decent mens shopping. Orchard Road is like one big shopping mall, with massive buildings housing many a shop on either side of the road.
For dinner we headed to Coriander Leaf at Clarke Quay on the river. Singapore lights up at night and it was particularly busy as it was river festival time. Dinner at Coriander Leaf was excellent. So much so that we talked our way into the full cooking class the following day!
After about four hours sleep (this jetlag thing is real), we grabbed breakfast then headed back to Coriander Leaf for our ‘Singapore Street Food’ cooking class. The class was taken by the owner and chef, Samia Ahad. It was an observation class, so we watched (and ate) while Samia explained and prepared… lamb satay skewers with peanut sauce, Hiananese chicken rice, Singapore chilli crab, Singapore fried noodles (they were pretty good, Dad), fried tofu with spicy sauce and mango mousse with tapioca pearls. Lets just say no dinner required for us tonight.
For the other photos from the cooking school, head to the Singaporean food gallery.