Onslaught from the food critic

First of all, I want to apologize that this food review is a little late as we tried these 2 eateries more than a month ago. I was caught up with other posts and decided to leave this as a back up. Anyway we were new to these 2 eateries, though one has been around much longer than the other.

The Food Trail at Singapore Flyer
This is like a hawker center where the various favorite hawker food are brought together under one roof. Known as the Singapore Food Trail, the setting is that of the hawker/street food scene in the 1960’s. Like in a hawker center or foodcourt, it’s all self service, you have to go to the stall to place your order, pay (in cash) and collect your food. As expected, the place has more tourists than locals, since the location of the Singapore Flyer is a little out of the way.

My husband was the one who suggested checking out the food here as his mom, who’s in town, prefers hawker food. (I’m not a big fan though.)
He had already decided on the food to try and basically I just followed his instruction on this food mission. Here’s a view of the food we bought. Notice the use of the old-style flower print tin cups, which the sugar cane drinks come in.

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We had a mixture of chicken and beef satay (barbecued skewered meat in a stick), which is served with spicy peanut dip. This is one of the few local street food that I like. The stall ran out of ketupat (glutinous rice wrapped in banana leaves), and so offered an extra each of the beef and chicken satay. The meat is rather nicely barbecued, not overly dry.

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Of course we also got the perennial favorite Singapore hawker food, fried kway teow (fried flat rice noodle with sweet black sauce). I’m not partial to it, but most locals love this dish. It’s fried with lard to give it an appetizing aroma. For the halal (or Muslim) version, the lard is replaced by peanut oil, which unfortunately doesn’t imbue the dish with the same distinctive taste and so not as tasty as the original version.

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This is another local dish that I like, and we call it ‘Fried Carrot Cake’ which is a misnomer. It’s actually fried radish cake with eggs and a savory dish, definitely not the same as the carrot cake the Americans or Australians know of. (I don’t think carrot cake is big in Europe.) This dish is offered in 2 ways: black or white; the black version has black sweet sauce added into it, and the white doesn’t. I personally prefer the black version, and the best I’ve eaten is available at this corner coffee shop along East coast Road (in Katong). So this is definitely not the best.

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One dish that my husband has to order is the fried oyster omelette because of his love for oysters. You wouldn’t believe this, but even though I like shell fish like little neck clams and mussels, I’m not into oysters. When it comes to this dish, I pick off the omelette instead.

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Overall, the food is not bad. But it’s not so fantastic that you make a trip especially since the location is a little off the beaten track for locals. In fact you can find similar quality food at a Food Republic food out or at Newton Hawker Center.

Paris Baguette

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When we first saw Paris Baguette, located on the 2nd floor of Wisma Atria, we wondered if it was like Maison Kayser. But on closer look, it looks like a faux Parisienne cafe, and a pretty big one at that. Anyway this cafe is new, been opened for only a few months.

The cake counter faces the main entrance, and those cakes look so pretty!

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We didn’t try any cakes or dessert. Instead, we had the mini sandwiches from the deli counter, which also offers salads. It was when my husband checked out the selection that he suspected Paris Baguette is from South Korea. There is kimchi salad, and other than Koreans, who will offer that? When I checked with the manager behind the deli counter, who turns out to be Korean, he confirms it.

Unlike Tiong Bahru Bakery, the sandwiches here are made from white bread rather than artisanal bread.

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We tried the egg brioche sandwich, which was nothing special, rather blah.

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My husband then got a mini BLT sandwich set, which is better.

I checked out the pastry counter, again mainly white bread. It must be an Asian thing, this preference for white bread instead of wholemeal, multigrain or rye bread. Anyway I got a au pain Chocolat to try. It has the flaky texture which I prefer but I thought it is a little too flaky.

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Anyway my husband and I are not really impressed with the food we tried. We thought it wasn’t as good compared to the French bakeries like Maison Kayser and Tiong Bahru Bakery. Perhaps we didn’t try their signature offerings. When we were there, we noticed a lot of people had the green tea shaved ice with red bean. And apparently the pudding is a specialty.

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