Singapore 2011: Chinatown

Singapore's Chinatown is similar all the other Chinatown throughout the remainder of the world... narrow, busy streets lined amongst footling shops selling everything from trinkets to Chinese herbal medicine.
 
However amongst Singapore beingness a multi-racial together with multi-cultural society, Singapore's Chinatown has its ain unique features.  For instance, the country's oldest Hindu temple, Sri Mariamman,  tin ironically hold out institute correct inward the pump of Chinatown's confines.

But what makes Chinatown a must-visit inward my majority is the adventure to discovery the quaint street architecture the identify offers.  Colorful shophouses along Pagoda street are a visual process together with build for some beautiful photographs.

 

The windows on the minute together with thrid flooring of the shophouses are painted inward vibrant colors that heighten their architectural details.  There is no singular agency to line the structures, they are a combination of dissimilar elelments, but what line together with unite them all together are the vibrancy of their colors.
 
Tourists to a greater extent than ofttimes than non flock to Chinatown to beverage a feel of culture, but for Filipino-Chinese families similar mine who grew upward visiting Manila's Chinatown, it was for a to a greater extent than practical argue similar to stock upward on pantry items together with to purchase pasalubongs for friends together with relatives.  One of those obligatory pasalubongs is the bakk-wa or mapa, a Chinese traditional dried meat inward the cast of sparse sheets; unremarkably made of pork or beef, but prove has expanded to include shrimp together with chicken.  There are a lot of stalls around Singapore selling bakkwa/mapa, but for the role of taking the kids on a walking tour to Singapore's Chinatown, nosotros decided to cause got them to where the activeness is... a stall where they tin run across the bakkwa/mapa fresh off the grill.

The most famous bakkwa build inward all of Southeast Asia is Bee Chen Hiang, it has outlets all over the continent, together with has 28 inward Singapore alone.  But when our cab driver heard nosotros wanted to purchase this Chinese delicacy, he rapidly pointed out to what for him is a superior local brand, Lim Chee Guan.  According to him, Lim Chee Guan is a local favorite, amongst 3-4 hr queues, particularly around the Chinese New Year's Day period.  Our cab driver claims that is more tender together with flavorful than the competition.  And he rapidly adds, "but that is but my opinion, you lot sense of savor it start earlier you lot buy."
We bought several kilos of beef, pork, chicken together with shrimp jerkies equally pasalubong, together with I besides bought jars of crispy pork floss, which is the perfect add-on to a low-cal breakfast of evidently congee.
  
I remembered to replenish my stock of Chinese pantry items to my depleting stock at home.  Although most everything tin hold out institute inward Manila, the premium lineament of the items inward Singapore is worth having to deport the extra charge around.  Most of you lot cannot relate, but I cause got to gush close the superior lineament of the edible bean curd sheets together with the Japanese mushrooms that tin hold out institute here.   

I besides did some shopping at the Chinese drugstore beside Lim Chee Guan called the Thye Shan Medical Hall.  I gauge this is 1 sure sign that I am for sure growing old!  Imagine finding something of involvement - at a Chinese drugstore, of all places! hahaha!

Here are the remainder of our photos:


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