My foreign guests were treated to an unusual itinerary of seeing how Singaporeans live in the heartlands and a sampling of gastronomic delights at where I live - the east side of Singapore.
We have the famous Katong Laksa, yummy custard puffs and half-boiled eggs with kaya toast for breakfast. My guests come from Seoul, they like their food spicy and boy... they can really eat! After breakfast we have a leisurely stroll along Katong, where they were introduced to the Peranakan heritage.
For lunch we drove to Geylang, the famous red-light district in Singapore to look for chicken and duck. hahaha........ We had roast duck, roast chicken and crispy pork at Garren Duck. Boss Boon Cheng is a jovial young man who is famous for his roast meats in Geylang.
I chance upon his eatery one day while bringing Jaymes on a tour of Geylang last December. I hesitated at first to enter the eatery as it looked dirty and cramped. When I had the first taste of his crispy roast pork, I was won over. The roast pork was savoury and the crispy skin was crunchy like biscuits. I then bought some for my hubby because he loves roast pork. As he was busy with many appointments, he had his roast pork after 5pm. The roast pork was still crunchy despite being wrapped and left in the air-con office for 3 hours!
Since then, we have been regulars at this stall, buying this sinful roast pork almost every weekend. Boon Cheng is taking orders for Chinese New Year Eve dinner, I ordered a roast duck (S$20) and 1kg of roast pork (S$20). His roast chicken sells for S$15 each. He also sells roast suckling pigs but as the prices of piglets have been soaring, he's not selling them this year.
Garren Duck 旺嘉仁烧鸭
56 Lorong 25A Geylang
(Aljunied MRT station)
Owner : Ng Boon Cheng
HP 9389 3832
In the evening, we brought our friends to a carnival near Eunos MRT station. There is this huge statue of God of Fortune. Every half an hour, he would sprinkle some sparkling confetti along with some lottery numbers. There was a huge crowd of people waiting to catch the good fortune and lucky numbers.
Several residents mentioned that earlier in the day, someone won a lottery and had hired a lion dance troupe to perform to express his gratitude to the God of Fortune. This person must have struck it big because it is not cheap to hire a lion dance troupe! This made the onlookers went crazy and started waiting beneath the statue for 4D numbers!
My hubby and friends joined in the fun. It was amusing to see the crowd rushing to grabbed a lucky number. As it was a windy evening, the confetti was blown one moment to the left and one moment to the right. The crowd was running left and right. Some even bought plastic bags to catch the falling confetti. And a resourceful lady came with a huge umbrella!
Chris was lucky, he caught a lucky number!