Short Getaway to Singapore – Part 1

Where did we stayed and ate while we were in Singapore?

Accommodation – The Plot Hostel 
As the whole family had finally decided to go to Singapore on Labour Day, we could only managed to secure a hostel instead of hotel. All the hotel are either fully booked or way too expensive for us. In short, it’s beyond our budget. After some considerations, we finally landed here at The Plot Hostel which located in the friendly neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru. Plus, it’s just 10 – 15 minutes away from the Outram Park MRT Station and Outram Road bus stop are just right in front of the hostel.

We stayed here for 3 nights as a family of 7, all in 8 bedded room with en suite bathroom and access to shared facilities along the corridor. As this is definitely our first experience staying in a hostel with the rest of the family members, we found that the room was a little small as there wasn’t much room for the luggage. That’s the only setback.

The room comes with an awesome electronic key bracelets. The best features are definitely the bed where it is designed like capsule hotel. Curtains was provided to ensure privacy, reading lamp, electric socket and electronic locker too!

The Receptionist

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The big and spacious common area with such a minimalist design
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DSCN3889-2In overall, it’s a neat hipster area if you want to avoid crowded backpackers area such as Little India or Chinatown. Gentle reminder – It’s a flashpackers hostel where it’s a lil bit more expensive than the Singapore’s average backpackers hostel.

Halal Food
Hjh Maimunah Restaurant & Catering @ Jalan Pisang
This restaurant offers a huge varieties of authentic Malay dishes as well as mouth-watering ‘kuih’ and desserts. It’s a very familiar name if you wanted to get a traditional Malay cuisine. But, get ready for a very long queue especially during lunch time. There’s a few outlets within the island which includes the outlet at Joo Chiat Road and Bedok.

In overall, the food was just nice to fill our appetite. But what make it more interesting is where the restaurant is located. We definitely fall in love with the old lane where it bring back the good old days.

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Fluff Bakery @ Jalan Pisang
We got attracted to this bakery as we saw a long stretch of people queuing all the way around the block. While getting our lunch, sis google on the bakery and we found out that it’s the most popular Halal bake shop in Singapore. As a desserts and pastries lover, mum’s insist to try it as she heard the statement. The cupcakes are extremely popular among the Malay community and they are constantly sold out daily. They open at 12 noon and the cupcakes are sold out within 2 or 3 hours. Local told us that we shall at least wait a minimum of 30 minutes (which can be considered as lucky) or  up to an hour or more. Wow!

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The cupcake menu changes every week with some local elements such as Bandung, Ondeh Ondeh, Triple Milo, Horlicks and etc. Each cupcakes are sold at the price of $4 each.

Nutella Red Velvet, Salted Caramel and Dark Choc Nutella Hazelnut.
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Mural that can be found around Jalan Pisang and other chic bakery shop as well. Jalan Pisang ROCK!
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Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant @ North Bridge Road
Next on the list are definitely the so-called Singapore Murtabak and Beriyani Specialist. It is located right in front of Masjid Sultan. The beriyani was awesome but the murtabak was nothing compared to the original Murtabak Mengkasar that we normally used to have in Kuantan. The fillings are a little bit dry.

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DSCN4161-2While walking to the restaurant, we bumped into our friend, Fida as she was travelling alone. We invited her for lunch as a birthday treat!
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The chaos
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Deen Tulang Specialist @ Golden Mile Food Centre, Beach Road
This is not something new in Singapore as it was one of the famous local delicacies here. This stall is located at the Golden Mile Food Centre and the nearest MRT station will be Lavender and Bugis MRT Station. But, we need to walk an  average of 500 meters away by passing through a few HDB flat too! Menguji kesabaran betul. Dah la lapar! We do find that the easiest way to get here are by bus as the bus stop is located very near to the food centre.

‘Sup Tulang Merah’ is a bone marrow of mutton in a spicy tomato and a mixture of chillies sauce. This was served with a plate of sliced bread and it looked kind of freaky when it was served in front of us. But, it was tasty and appetizing.

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DSCN4180-2As this is our first time here, we couldn’t comment much. We shall try other outlets of Sup Tulang Merah in Singapore next time just to make some comparison.

Satay Salim @ Golden Mile Food Centre, Beach Road
We found this stall by coincidence as it was located next to Deen Tulang Specialist. The satay was good and it reminds us of our all time favourite, Satay Zul. It was worth waiting as we ordered a batch of it.

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Not to worry much as it is not difficult to get Halal food and good accommodation around in Singapore. Just pick your restaurant / stall and hotel / hostel as preferable within budget. Prices can be high because of the currency exchange rates.

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma