I would like to take a break from nostalgia and blog on something close to the heart (or should I say tummy) of Singaporeans – Food.
In my previous article, I reminisced about the famous Indian sarabat stalls of Waterloo Street. Then I read of Chris' indulgence over the Chinese New Year holidays. It set me thinking about the joys of eating.
Some years ago, my job involved regularly dining with towkays in expensive (by my standards) restaurants in many countries. Once, I was seated next to a sixty-something businessman. I noticed that he wasn’t eating much and asked him why. He unbuttoned his shirt and showed me a huge scar from a heart bypass operation. When we were young, he lamented, we could not afford the good stuff. Now that we have the money, we don’t have the health to enjoy it. Sigh.
My job also frequently brings me to Singapore’s industrial heartland, to places like Tuas, Jurong, Ang Mo Kio and Macpherson. I often ate my lunches in factory canteens, alongside factory workers in dirty overalls. It was a pleasure to see how they wolf down huge plates of rice with lots of gravy and cheap ingredients. I could not help telling myself; compared to the wealthy towkays and their expensive dishes in the fancy restaurants, these guys seem to really relish their food. They really expereinced the joys of eating. Ironic isn’t it?
As for me, I think the company that you eat with is very important. I fully agree with the guys who wrote this advertisement.
I drove up to Putrajaya last week with some church friends for a short visit to recce the venue of our church camp. On the way up, we stopped in Yong Peng for lunch and tried their famous ( 西刀鱼) fish balls. Very nice, but not really that fantastic, but still beats eating at those crowded, flies-infested stalls along the ‘hentians’ operated by Plus. Try it the next time you are driving up. Exit at Yong Peng Selatan (South) and then proceed northwards into the main street of Yong Peng. There are quite a number of coffee shops advertising their fish balls. After that you can continue in the same direction, turn left and re-enter the N-S Highway through Yong Peng Utara (North); all in all a very short detour. And you guessed it – on the return trip, we went for an encore.
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