Top Ways to Enjoy Authentic Chinese Food in Singapore

Singapore is a country that will tempt your palate. The wide variety of restaurants in this country will satisfy the foodie in you serving you with scrumptious dishes. Chinese cuisine is one of the most preferred food varieties in the world and Singapore is one of the best places to enjoy it in the best manner. You might argue that authentic Chinese dishes are available only in China. This is however not true. There are plenty of restaurants in Singapore that serve authentic Chinese food in Singapore, the same way it is delivered in the mainland of China. Chefs are flown in from the home country to cook food in the traditional manner. Here are the best ways to enjoy Chinese food while you are in Singapore.

You can find plenty of restaurants in different parts of the country. There are authentic restaurants serving Chinese cuisine and these are the places that you should look out for in the country. The authentic restaurants serve schezwan dishes and noodles, chow mein and zhajiangmian. Another way of identifying the authenticity of a restaurant is by checking the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Let us take a look at the habitual food that the Chinese eat. This will help you to identify authentic Chines restaurants in the country.

Breakfast

The Chinese people love rice porridge and mild side dishes. They do not eat heavy side dishes for breakfast and sometimes they have just plain rice too. The breakfast section of the menu of a traditional Chinese restaurant will contain dishes that are less spicy. They like to drink milk along with their food. They also love soymilk and hence look for these options in the menu. Plain rolls are also a traditional breakfast option. Sweet bread that is fried deep is also a Chinese breakfast delicacy.

Lunch

The bird’s nest soup is one of the most popular variants of starters. Not all restaurants serve you with this type of soup. Hence, if you spot this name in the menu, you can make sure that the restaurant you have stepped in serves food in the traditional Chinese way. The lunch menu usually includes rice as main course. The side dishes usually contain pork and vegetable delicacies. Noodles are also a preferred option for lunch. Abalone and crab is also favored along with the rice and noodles.

Dinner

Most of you prefer Chinese food for dinner. This is generally because most people enjoy their meal the most during the evening hours, especially while on a vacation. Hence, you would want the best Chinese food in Singapore for dinner. A Chinese meal would be incomplete without the inclusion of soup. They include different varieties of soups for dinner. It includes sweet corn chicken soup, cream of mushroom, cream of chicken and many other variants. The Chinese include rice even for their dinner. If you are not a great fan of rice, you can choose to dine on noodles. Pork, chicken, sea food and scrambled eggs are the preferred side dishes for dinner.

Look for these options in the menu to make sure that the restaurant is serving authentic Chinese cuisine. There are many restaurants in the country that serve the traditional Chinese delicacies. Singapore is one country where you can enjoy the real taste of China without sending too much of money.

The Foodie’s Guide to Singapore

Here’s a list of Singapore’s star attractions and the best places to eat them at:

Bak Kut Teh

A Chinese dish made of pork ribs and a variety of herbs – including five spices, star anise, cinnamon, fennel seeds and garlic, among others – Bak Kut Teh is served with rice, fried dough and salted vegetables. A popular accompaniment is Chinese tea, which many believe helps to break down the fat in the dish. Bak Kut Teh is best savoured at Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House, Founder Bak Kut Teh Restaurant and Song Fa Bak Kut Teh.

Char Kway Teow

A savoury and sweet noodle recipe, Char Kway Teow is topped with pork lard, sweet and dark sauces, bean sprouts, Chinese sausages and eggs. Singapore’s best Char Kway Teow is served at Hill Street Fried Kway Teow on Bedok S Road.

Chilli Crab

This dish featuring tender crabs cooked in a thick tomato and chilli gravy is best eaten with fried buns. Many seafood restaurants in Singapore serve Chilli Crab.

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Originally created by the residents of Hainan Island in China, this dish has since become a Singapore staple. The rice is cooked with garlic, scallion and ginger, and can be found at several hawker centres, coffee shops and restaurants.

Kaya Toast Breakfast

A quintessential Singapore breakfast, this includes kaya spread made from pandan leaves, toasted bread, soft-boiled eggs and your choice of tea or coffee. Many food courts, food centres and cafes offer this traditional breakfast.

Fried Carrot Cake

Made with flour, radish, turnips, dark and sweet sauce and spring onions, Fried Carrot Cake is a hot local favourite. This treat is best served at Song Zhou Luo Bo Gao at the Bedok Interchange Food Centre and in Clementi Food Centre.

Rojak

A salad that is commonly found in hawker centres and cafes, Rojak is a palate-teasing combination of fruit, fried dough, turnips, bean sprouts and cucumber, topped with toasted sesame seeds.

Roti Prata

Rooted in South India, Roti Prata is an Indian pancake that is served with a variety of fillings – eggs, cheese, bananas, onions, meat, sugar and ice-cream all find their place in the folds of the Roti Prata. Adam Road Food Centre is well known for its Roti Prata and other Indian delicacies.

Satay

Bite-sized chicken, mutton, pork and beef served on skewers with a spicy peanut sauce and cucumber and onion slices, Satay is one of Singapore’s most distinctive dishes.

Most of Singapore’s food can be found at its numerous hawker centres and food courts. Eating here is relatively cheap, with a plate of noodles costing you anywhere between USD 3 – 4. Western-style sandwiches, pizza and pasta can be found in Singapore’s many cafes, while global fast food behemoths such as McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Burger King have gained considerable popularity. For a truly authentic experience, try to stick to local vendors and chefs – the flavours and the experience will surely be worth the while.

Hunters Now Seek Near-Urban Deer For Low-Cost Family Food

Diminished incomes has caused many hunters who could once afford to go on out-of-state hunting trips to consider hunting closer to home and processing the animals themselves, sometimes even in their own back yards. Even a segment of the out-of-work near-urban population who have never hunted are considering either hunting or salvaging road-killed animals as a way of extending their family food budgets.

During the 2009-2010 hunting season every state in the nation reported a rise in the sale of hunting licenses, which many attributed to some of the nation’s 8,000,000 unemployed taking to the to woods. This increased averaged about 3-percent and was higher in states like Michigan that had unemployment rates of over 10 percent.

Deer populations nationwide are generally at healthy levels, with a few local exceptions. In some eastern states such as in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Georgia extended sessions are being allowed to help reduce the problem of automobile-deer collisions. Each year in the United States there are some 1,000,000 deer-vehicle collisions, 10,000 injuries and about 100 deaths.

Other problems cause by overpopulation of deer in near urban areas include landscape browsing, the spread of Lyme Disease that is caused by deer ticks and even occasional attacks by buck deer during rut. Although deer are most often cited as causing problems, geese, black bear, alligators and wild hogs are also listed among wildlife species causing adverse resident-wildlife encounters.

Last year Texas, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and part of Michigan allowed the use of the crossbow during their designated deer archery seasons. The crossbow, particularly when shot from an elevated stand, is a very safe and effective tool for taking urban, even backyard, deer. Last year, for example, I took two deer from a friend’s backyard in Georgia and a 200 pound wild hog from my own property with a crossbow.

Crossbows are valuable wildlife control instruments because they offer only a single shot opportunity, they are relatively quiet, are very effective when the arrows are properly placed, easy to learn to shoot, and most importantly, allow for very precise shot placement at close range. The merits of the crossbow as a hunting instrument in the principal reason that more states are allowing it use – particularly for urban deer control.

Using either conventional archery equipment or crossbows to take deer within 20 miles of where a person lives and self-processing the deer, can bring meat costs down to the order of 25-cents a pound. Even if the price of the crossbow, arrows and resident licenses are factored in, the processed meat costs is less than $2.00 a pound, assuming that three deer are taken per hear and the costs of the crossbow is averaged over three years.

In my home state of Georgia, where it is legal, the last road-killed deer that I put in my freezer was a very nearly 100 percent meat recovery (I typically average 70 percent for me and the remainder for my pets.) at 11-cents a pound. This price included the energy costs of retrieving the deer and boiling its bones for my dogs. The gut pile was put out for the buzzards.

Residents who live in cities where deer are a problem, can both help reduce this problem as well as providing someone with needed food by designating areas for archery hunting. One model is of a neighborhood consortium where safe stand locations are designated, the deer is taken to a processor and any member of the consortium who wants deer meat is awarded it for their share of the processing costs.

Deer meat does have to be cooked differently than beef because of its low-fat content, but once these skills are learned it can be fit for a queen, as it was for Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday dinner. The British Royals very often serve deer to visiting heads of state. If they can eat it, I think that more of us can eat a little deer meat too.

Leveraging The Interest in Food to Boost Your Retail Business

Food is hot right now thanks to successful TV shows and spin off cookbooks and magazines. Right around the world, people are watching food television shows in record numbers.

This extraordinary interest in food can be leveraged by any retailer to drive shopper traffic and sales, regardless of the products offered by the store.

It is easy to connect just about any category of products back to food. Here are some ideas based on different retail store categories:

Newsstand. Create a dining table display with a selection of food titles. This will guide customers to buy multiple titles at once. The display ought to look like a real table setting – maybe replicate an image from in one of the magazines.

Cards and stationery. Food in this space is all about creating a wonderful experience from the invitations to the place settings to the menu. Show how the products you sell can enhance the invited in-home food dining experience. With simple stationery items you have a wonderful opportunity to show how to deliver an exceptional food experience in the home.

Gifts. Seek out products on your shelves which could work as gifts for the host, gifts for diners or be used in some other way to enhance the dining experience. Show how the products work with an in-context stunning visual display.

Homewares. This is easy. Create the dining experience in-store with a beautiful table setting, a busy kitchen setting or even a simple small place setting with each display showing how your products enhance the in-home foodie experience. It is vitally important to show how your products work.

Fashion. The options here are endless. Consider a series of displays over weeks of showing how people can dress for different food occasions from the clothing you sell. From a foodie picnic through to a formal dinner – depending on the types of clothes you sell. Give the series a name, the foodie dining series, something catching which speaks to your target customers.

Hair and Nail Salon. Create a window display showing a dining setting using mannequins and arrows pointing to how styling from you can enhance the experience for the hosts and guests. The goal with such a display is to make it look different to what people would expect in a nail or hair salon – this will draw their attention.

Outdoors. Recreate an outdoor foodie experience in your store and get your customers wanting to buy your products to recreate this at home. This is an excellent opportunity to have cooking days where you take the static display and turn it into something tasty and enticing.

Baby. Babies attend all sorts of events from birthdays to family gatherings to special occasions like baptisms – where each has a food opportunity. Consider creating a display for a baby party showing off what to wear for these occasions.

Hardware. People working at home or elsewhere and using hardware lines like hammers, power tools, timber and the like work up a real appetite. Consider a themed display of food for the hard workers. Maybe even connect with a local cafe or restaurant.

While each of these ideas is about how to create something which is visually enticing and stunning, retailers could easily take them further and create special events offering food to further showcase the opportunities.

There are many ways you can connect the worldwide interest in food back with your retail store. Right now the opportunity is considerable. Go out, have fun and help your customers have fun too.