Geylang Cuisine – Many people jokingly say that they have not eaten frog porridge, which means they have not been to Singapore. Geylang is the area with the most concentration of frog porridge shops. Although every Lorong (small neighbourhood) has rows of frog porridge stalls, gourmets often tell each other to go to Lorong 9 and Lorong 11. Those are the two lorongs that sell the best frog porridge in Geylang.
Geylang – Love Market
Geylang is known as a famous love market in Singapore. However, Geylang is not only “chicken”. Many people forget that this is also a place where many specialities of the lion island nation are gathered with highly affordable prices that tourists who have the opportunity to come here cannot ignore.
Durian roads It can be said that there is no place where the fruit is as delicious and cheap as in Geylang. There are many kinds of fruit in this place: mango, longan, bonbon, mangosteen… but the most attractive and exciting is still durian eaten on the spot. Although the ripe yellow durian zones look very eye-catching, many tourists still prefer to choose durian themselves. The feeling of excitement and nervousness waiting for the seller to open the durian fruit that he has just chosen is exciting.
The on-site durian shops here have created a unique culinary culture of Geylang. It seems that diners are afraid that bringing durian home will lose the smell, so they often choose to eat on the spot. Sitting on the side of the road, sipping the fragrant durian and leisurely watching the world bounce back and forth, it’s very interesting.
Like many other fruits, durian here is incredibly cheap; each fruit costs from 2 to 5 dollars depending on the type. Most of the prices are the same at the shops but go to the end of the street, the more remote you are, the cheaper the price will be, and there will be “guaran-tee”, not afraid of losing money because of choosing the wrong fruit” deaf” (no abs) or clumsy. Every store has a sign saying “Durian D24” – the best yellow rice seed durian variety here, just like Vietnam’s R6.
Chilli crab promotion season- Promotion for fresh foods, especially seafood, is one of the special features in Geylang. Normally, a pound of shrimp costs more than 10 dollars, but when it comes to the promotion, the price is only 6 dollars, and crabs are surprisingly cheap. This is an opportunity not to be missed for diners who are “addicted” to Chili (fried crab with chilli). It is called chilli stir-fry, but this dish is quite “friendly” because it is less spicy; only the red sauce has a slightly spicy taste that penetrates the tip of the tongue.
Eating chilli crab has the exciting thing about manually choosing the live crabs strutting around in the tank. Thanks to that, crab meat is always firm, sweet and fragrant. After choosing, sit and wait for about 15 minutes for the restaurant to process; while waiting and watching the busy flow of people, from time to time, you will hear the smell of fried cooking in the nose, both craving and challenging. Chilli crab is a dish that must be eaten hot to be delicious. Remove a piece of white crab meat, fragrant and still smoky, smeared with a little sweet, spicy sauce and put it in your mouth to sip; it seems like nothing like it.
Many people jokingly say that they have not eaten frog porridge, which means they have not been to Singapore. Geylang is the area with the most concentration of frog porridge shops. Although there are rows of frog porridge shops in every Lorong (small neighbourhood), gourmets often tell each other to go to Lorong 9 and Lorong 11. Those are the two lorongs that sell the best frog porridge in Geylang. However, to eat the best quality porridge in these two lorongs, it is normal for diners to wait a few dozen minutes to nearly an hour. In return, the bowl of frog porridge brought out is enough to satisfy the cravings of the followers of this dish.
Frog porridge is sold regularly, but it seems that enjoying this dish is the right way only on rainy evenings. A few people talked sipped each spoonful of pure white porridge with the smell of rice while enjoying the wonderfully sweet frog leg. Those who do not like this type of food can mix some braised frogs into the porridge to enjoy a special golden porridge. In addition, frog porridge is also attractive because of other “small details”, which are just a few stalks of green onions, a little fragrant, spicy, and aromatic pureed pepper. It was called “small details”, but it will not be a speciality frog porridge Geylang without these two things.
It seems that thanks to the popularity (and notoriety) of the Geylang love market, the cost of living here is quite cheap compared to other areas of Singapore. Thanks to that, visitors can enjoy all the specialities of this rich island nation with just a few dozen dollars.
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