Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tiong Bahru and Tanjong Pagar

 Tiong Bahru is a place brimming with people and food. To avoid the crowds the best time to go there is between 10am and 11.30. In other words, go there for brunch. The queues are shorter and you can find a comfortable place to sit. There is no need to hover desperately around people whom you think are going to finish their meal soon and to swoop down on the seats the minute they get up to leave. Parking lots are also easier to find and in short, the experience of visiting Tiong Bahru for the purpose of gastronomical satisfaction is achieved with less hassle and more enjoyment.

This morning's breakfast was the famous Wanton noodle with the char siew (roasted pork) that is freshly made within the confines of a tiny stall space. More amazingly, the char siew is roasted using charcoal fire. On top of our $4 plate of noodles that contains the famed char siew and a small bowl of soup with 2 wantons in it, we also had fishballs and fishcakes from another famous stall. Note that this stall is closed on Fridays.

After the substantial brunch, we were energised for our Tanjong Pagar exploration that started by our ascent by elevator to the 16th storey of the HDB flat where we had parked our car below. From our vantage point high above the vicinity of Tanjong Pagar, we located the Tanjong Pagar Community Centre where the exhibition "Memories of Mr Lee Kuan Yew" was held. Today is the last day of this exhibition which also happens to be his birthday. We walked past the former Yan Kit Swimming Pool, now locked up and awaiting renewal and after the exhibition we explored the Tanjong Pagar fruit stalls and shops before heading home.

Tiong Bahru Food Centre.

The famous Char Siew Wanton Mee stall.


Famous coffee at stall 238 Tiong Bahru food centre.

Tiong Bahru is truly unique.

Tanjong Pagar.


Former Yan Kit Swimming Pool.

At the Memories of Mr Lee Kuan Yew Exhibition.

This portrait was formed by writing the name "Lee Kuan Yew" over and over again.

This painting was done by Edmund Chen, our multi-talented actor and artist.

The church-like architecture of the hall of the Tanjong Pagar Community Centre.

Interesting architecture of the Tanjong Pagar Plaza.

Cobbler, cobbler aren't you a rare sight.