I love spontaneity and due to the nature of my schedule, it’s hard to find time for a getaway. But I suppose I just need a little spark of motivation to make that decision and 2 weeks ago, I did precisely that. When I heard from KY that Gordon Ramsay was doing the cook-off against Singapore Hawkers on the 7th July, I started planning my Singapore trip straightaway. To be honest I didn’t even care for the actual cook-off, to be within 10 metres of my ‘idol’ is enough to satisfy me, haha!
So when I mentioned the idea to Poesy (inspirational woman with many titles: artist, interior architect, jewellery designer and humanitarian), she was kind enough to reschedule the class with her art student and I had a travel buddy! Naturally, I was very excited and hardly slept a wink the night before our very early bus ride.
We arrived at Balestier Plaza via Odyssey Bus at a perfect timing as it was lunch hour! I just had to do my usual ritual of Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice (I’d totally go to Singapore just for this). Poesy doesn’t usually eat Chicken rice but this was good enough for us to order an extra serve of drumstick. Another favourite of mine at BTK is the crispy skin tofu. Yum. I can have it again. And again. And then I’ll just be fat. Luckily I’m not Singaporean.
2 of us made our way to our host to freshen up, then I headed out to Newton Circus to get a piece of the action. I know that we have very Kiasu people in Singapore, but at this scale?
I heard some people started queueing as early as 1am? I’d like to know their mental process of waiting for over 17 hours just to have some hawker food. Even if it’s cooked by Gordon Ramsay.
The antipication was strong and the wave of excitement was pulsating through the air (so was the body heat and sweat. yay), and every vehicle that drove past induced screams from the crowd (both guys and girls, mind you). And then finally he arrived just before 6pm. I was too busy looking out for him so I didn’t get any clear shots, but safe to say that it wasn’t easy for the security to clear the path for him. Oh and he looked so good! So being the non-kiasu person, I only managed to squeeze through to about 5th row and this is the only shot I took which captured him. Wait for it:
By about 7pm I was thoroughly drenched by my own (and others!) sweat, so I made a quick exit and headed to Orchard road to meet Poesy and Fashion/Furniture designer Eunice for dinner.
The food was decent but the conversation was better. I probably would have been satisfied with another serving of Chicken rice instead. I had a good sleep with all that sake in my system (plus a glass or 3 of wine).
Since we went all the way to Singapore, we thought that it was a good idea to hold an early birthday lunch for Poesy and it was decided that we pay a visit to Sushi Airways, owned by one of Poesy’s friends (and also our host for that weekend).
I was suitably hungry by then and ordered one of my favourite yōshoku (Western-influenced Japanese food): Tonkatsu. This came as a bento set with miso soup as well.
Mmm that sure looked appetizing!
Look at the juicy pork cutlet. It was done perfectly and went down really well with some Tonkatsu sauce and Japanese style “Tartare sauce”. This has reignited my love for Tonkatsu because I haven’t had a truly good one in KL yet (someone recommended Tonkatsu @ 1u?)
The miso soup tasted light enough with plenty of vegetables. I like how it’s not laden with salt.
We were a little puzzled as to why the Sashimi was served after our bento dishes. But no matter, give me raw fish anytime (as long as it’s quality stuff). Look at that beauty! My inner cat was purring non-stop.
Some of the Sashimi pieces were not as fresh of the others, but the Chef noted our feedback and asked if we wanted extra pieces of the fresher fish. We didn’t take the offer as there was enough food for all of us anyway. We got some complimentary side dishes that would have been good if we were drinking. I probably wouldn’t order the sashimi again (or stick to specific fish like Salmon), but definitely recommend that Tonkatsu.
SushiAirways 寿司航空 Sushibar,
20a Baghdad Street, Singapore, Singapore 199659
Operating hours: Mon – Sun: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
After lunch, some of us went over to Far East Plaza and got some really good bargains. I was trying not to spend too much but ended up buying a few things anyway. *slaps wrist* For the return journey we took the Transtar coach. Comfortable with lots of movie choices. Ahhhhh… I want to repeat this all over again!
Thank you so much Poesy for buying lunch and being such a fun travel buddy! No doubt there will be another birthday celebration before the actual date. Oh, I shall end this post with one of Poesy’s art pieces. This is my favourite series: The Rooftop Cats.
By the way, if you are interested in tasting my cooking, you’ll be able to do that for free at this special event. It’s a Ramadhan Pop-up Cafe on the helipad of Menara Maybank. Have I mentioned that it’s free? There will be 2 other Plateculture hosts cooking too and we will be serving up to 60 pax. Book now at https://plateculture.com/where-to-eat/etiqa-ramadhan-pop-up-cafe-on-the-helipad