My red eye flight was scheduled to depart from Singapore at 10pm, so I had one final day to indulge myself in local foodie goodies. We headed over to the East Coast of Singapore, which a primarily residential area developed from reclaimed land. The main attractions here are the white sandy beaches (complete with tankers and cargo ships on the horizon) and, of course, the food.
The East Coast is home to many of Singapore’s culinary icons, including chili crab, roti prata, and Katong laksa. Katong is a residential area in the East Coast near the seafront and is well-known for its many restaurants serving Peranakan cuisine, particularly a spicy, coconutty noodle soup called laksa. The stall that began it all is the appropriately named Famous 49 Katong Laksa.
After lunch, we meandered down the streets looking for other culinary treats, such as the popular bite-sized desserts called kueh. Kueh broadly refers to cakes, cookies, puddies, and pastries. Featured photo at top: Ondeh ondeh is a delicious sweet dessert made of brown sugar wrapped in rice flour (tastes a bit like mochi) and sprinkled with coconut flakes.
We later drove to the East Coast Park to see Singapore’s non-commercialized beach. The water is questionable since you can see all the tankers and cargo ships in the near distance, but the palm trees and (imported) white sand are pleasant enough. Rollerblading, kayaking, and camping activities are offered here.
Ben had to head back for the evening crowd at nickeldime, and so we drove back to central. I lounged around the bar until it was time to head to the airport to catch my flight to Tokyo, where I had a brief layover before heading back to NYC.
Goodbye Singapore! No other country has ever made me want to eat as much as you did, and for that, I thank you.