If you're a foodie, Singapore is an incredible place to be. Singapore may be known as an expensive destination in Asia, but if you follow the locals and be adventurous, you'll be surprised how easy it is to eat delicious food and still have money left over for shopping.
We stayed at Orchard Grand Court, a hotel on Killinney Road, which is off Orchard Road. It was about 15 minutes walk from the Summer Jam Dance Camp at Scape, and a quick walk to Sommerset Station. Everything stayed opened quite late, even if we finished at 10.30pm, we still had plenty of dinner options. There must have been fifteen cafes, restaurants, and hole in the wall eateries on the way to our hotel.
On the whole, food is quite affordable in Asia. Of course, imported and out of season produce is expensive, but in general, I could make my $10 turn into a delicious feast, in comparison to New Zealand. For breakfast, we just bought a box of cereal and milk, and that lasted most of our ten day stay. Otherwise I probably would have lived on rice or soup in the mornings.
I've been told that if you want to eat good food on a budget, find a place packed with locals. We found great eateries off Orchard Road and served the usual rice, noodles, and buns. Most of the dishes were under $4. I had a drink, buns, pork, rice and soup for under $8.
Being multi-cultural, the malls are packed with Western-style food: pizzas, pastas, breads, plenty of coffee places, and a gazzillion Starbucks! The great thing is that most places have menus with prices, and even when they're super busy, service is pretty quick.
Hainanese chicken is steamed chicken and usually served with vegetables, rice and a broth. Ask any Singaporean and they always tell the tourists to try it. I just make it swim in chilli. Another is satay skewers, either chicken, pork or lamb. If you want a more filling snack, have it with the local rice, ketupat, which is quite sticky.
My last indulgence was a Belgian waffle with two scoops and whipped cream at Ben & Jerry's. I chose the choc-chip cookie dough and New York choc-fudge. They gave me a fork and knife to eat it with, which is ok for the first five minutes, until the mid-30s heat turns it into ice cream soup.
The Singapore foodie experience really depends on your budget and how adventurous you are. If I went with a fellow foodie, I think this post would be far more exciting, but I didn't. Never mind, Singapore, you and I will meet again. And we shall eat more of your glorious delights!