Street food is huge in Taiwan and from what I’ve been told competition between push-cart vendors and hawker stalls is fierce. When it comes to eating, Taiwanese will happily stand in line to get their chow rather than head elsewhere for second best. I have had the pleasure of seeing this for myself even managed to get a table and survived the ordeal normally associated with eating in seriously crowded places. Between one extreme to another, I managed to capture some of the everyday gastronomic moments in Taipei. I thought these street photos say a lot more in varying shades of gray than in colour which I found rather distracting. I hope you like this series as much as I enjoyed processing them in black and white.
Singapore Food Trail is a unique 1960s themed food street in Singapore and an exciting dining attraction, located in the heart of the iconic Singapore Flyer, which will bring back fond memories of the good old days. Set against the nostalgic backdrop of the swinging 60s, the Singapore Food Trail will transport visitors back to a bygone era, to a time when people savoured popular local delights along the roadside. To bring back the nostalgic charm of olden Singapore, the Singapore Food Trail features specially-customised pushcarts and makeshift stalls along a tarmac road.
The stalls at the Singapore Food Trail are run by the original owners or second or third-generation hawkers who carry on the family business while preserving the original taste of their dishes. The oldest stall is High Street Tai Wah Pork Noodle which started in 1939 that was originally located along the Singapore River. It is currently run by second-gen hawker, Mr Tang, with over 45 years of experience and his two sons who ensure that the original taste of their family’s Teochew minced meat noodles is preserved through the generations.
Singapore Food Trail | Level 1, Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803
Open daily from 10.30am to 10.30pm | On eve of Chinese New Year: 10.30am to 1.00am
In view of the insane crowd and queue @ The Singapore Food Trail, ordering an all time favourite Hainanese Chicken Rice beats all odds #fb
Shuttle Service: from Raffles Link→Millenia Tower→Millenia Walk→Centennial Tower→Opp Suntec City
Timing: 11.45am–02.30pm, Mon–Fri, approx 20-minute interval.
$500,000 invested solely into 1960s décor. At the Singapore Food Trail, the authentic 1960s décor and furnishings take centre stage. With strict attention to detail, all the furniture and props such as tables, chairs, street signs, TV sets, doors, signboards and even cutlery are reminiscent of the 1960s. To ensure authenticity, representatives from Select Group searched for 1960s curios in Singapore and neighbouring countries in the region over six months. “It was not easy searching for such old items but we were able to find people who still held on to their old wares. One of the prized finds displayed at the Singapore Food Trail is an original 1960s jukebox, costing nearly $10,000 that still works.
It’s raining as I write this and what perfect moment it is considering when I visited Kuala Lumpur five months ago and covering most of KL on foot (when not on the LRT), it was pretty darn wet. The last time I visited KL, the Twin Towers hadn’t been built then but in no time, they quickly became one of the most over photographed iconic structures of Peninsular Malaysia. Considering the timeline on which I decided to act on the OK given by Louis Pang for the Joe McNally workshop and seminar coverage, it was quite a spur of the moment decision on my part. The thing is, I came back with a ton of photos from the event and every single one of the images are still sitting on the hard drive—if it’s not one thing, it’s another thing that distracts me from working on them. So maybe these random images from KL are a sign that I’m slowly and surely getting there. So, I walked quite a fair bit in and around town with the PowerShot G11 which also got pretty wet and one of the first images I uploaded was some Facebook friends consider a great Malaysian Tourism poster. You think?
And of course you cannot just talk about Kuala Lumpur without mentioning its other all time attraction—street food.
I also met up with Nicholas who brought me to Restoran Tangkak Beef Noodles (practically behind The Coronade Hotel where I stayed) for an unforgettably delicious beef noodles. Check out his website and you’ll see that he’s quite the animal. 🙂 The other really good beef noodles soup I personally recommend is in Singapore at Food Republic.