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Satisfying the Foodie in Us

Singapore is not only colourful and vibrant. It is also tasty. There are different dishes here in Singapore  with various influences from Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian and Indian to satisfy the foodie in us. Modern restaurants also offer cuisines like Italian, American, French, Spanish and many more. Whatever we prefer, there is always something here in Singapore.

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Most people here fancy modern restaurants. In fact, there are people who ignore or forget the dishes that truly define Singapore. If we want to satisfy the foodie in us, the best way is to start with the traditional foods. We should never forget the foods that we all grew up. Here are the some foods we need to get a taste before it is too late:

  • Popiah: Popiah is a healthy meal that features an assortment of vegetables and meat (like lettuce, bean sprouts, carrot, turnip, boiled eggs, Chinese sausage and prawns) enveloped in a thin wheat crepe, cooked to a golden crisp and lathered with a sweet sauce which is called hoisin.
  • Curry puff: Curry puff is an excellent snack. It is a baked pie enclosed in a crust. The pie is filled with chicken, egg, potato, curry gravy, sardines, yam or durian.
  • Duck rice: Not all people know about duck rice. This meal is hearty because it features duck strips and rice with braised sauce. There are restaurants that include eggs, peanuts and tau pok on the side.
  • Chicken rice: If there is duck rice, who will forget about the chicken rice? Traditionally it is called Hainanese Chicken rice. This is the country’s well-known dish.

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  • Rojak: Rojak is a mixture of dough fritters, beancurd puffs, bean sprouts, roasted peanuts, radish, pineapple and cucumber.
  • Mee Siam: Mee Siam is vermicelli noddle soaked in sweet and spicy gravy (called Assam) with dried shrimp and bean paste. Mee Siam comes with beancurd puff, bean sprouts and boiled egg.
  • Ice Kachang: If we want something cool and refreshing especially during the summer, ice kachang is the perfect choice. The shaved ice comes with assorted ingredients like palm seed, red bean, jelly, grass jelly, chendol and many others.
  • Oyster Omelette: Oyster omelette is famous in Hawker centres here as well as night markets. If we love eggs, this is a must-try dish. It features eggs of course, potato starch and special chilli vinegar.
  • Wanton Mee: If we are craving noodles, wanton mee should be considered. The noodles are drenched with sweet sauce, pork slices and wanton dumplings.

There are a lot of foods that we should not miss. We need to support these foods so it will not be lost. These foods are more tasty if we share it with our loved ones.

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Halal Food App Launched in Singapore

Muslims abound in Singapore therefore it is important to cater to their every need, especially when it comes to food. This is why halal foods are becoming more popular not only in Singapore, but also in other parts of the globe.

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A positive news for people who enjoy halal food- a company based in Singapore has just launched a smartphone application that encourages and enables Muslim travelers and food enthusiasts to share their Halal restaurant discoveries from around the world.

Halal is the term used to refer to food and other products that adhered to Islamic requirements as mandated by Islamic Sharia law.

The app, called “HalalTrip” is free and available on both Apple iOS and Android gadgets. The app lets the users snap photos of the Halal cuisines, upload it and then share it through their various social media accounts.

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When you click the said photo, more details about the dish and where it can be found are displayed to inform others who are interested. The application is available in two interfaces- English and Arabic. An added feature also uses the location of the user to display various Halal foods that are served in restaurants near them.

HalalTrip is affiliated with a Muslim-oriented business company called CrescentRating since the application’s chief executive is also part of the said business group.

This app is very helpful especially for travelling Muslims who are concerned with what they are eating when they travel to other countries. The app shows them various halal food choices that they can enjoy even in another land.

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Singapore as the “Little Red Dot”

The term “Little Red Dot” is a famous term in Singapore. It is actually a term that is given to Singapore because of the fact that in maps, Singapore has a red dot because of its small size. This term was first coined by Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie as a form of criticism to Singapore.

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It was published in the Asian Wall Street Journal that President Habibie called Singapore as the red dot who treats Indonesia, the green dot, not as a friend. The remark was purely political and economical as Indonesia needed help from Singapore at that time and Habibie seem not to see assistance from them. This happened in 1998. In the same year, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, leader at that time responded to this speech saying reiterating the ‘red dot’ state of Singapore and its capability to provide only little help to Indonesia’s economy.

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In 2003, this term was revived again as a reminder how weak Singapore was and how this can serve as an inspiration for this country to strive now. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2003 used this term again on his speech saying that the ‘red dot’ is an epithet they would always be thankful for.

Until now, red dot is known to many Singaporeans. This term serves as a reminder on how weak they were and how they went up because of that weakness.  However, Habibie on 2006 aid that his remark about Singapore being a red dot was not intended for insult but to actually praise Singapore on their capability despite their small number.

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