Chinatown Night Markets in Singapore
Chinatown Night Markets in Singapore

Chinatown Night Markets in Singapore

How do you choose where to eat when you are in a strange city in an unfamiliar country.  Usually  I research blogs and enlist the help  of Urbanspoon.  Unfortunately Singapore has missed being mapped by Urbanspoon so we had to chose our restaurant the old fashioned way.  We looked for a conveniently located restaurant with the longest queue, the most locals, and given that we were in a foreign country I wanted to see minimal writing in English and no “western meals”.

The Oriental Chinese Restaurant - Singapore

The Oriental Chinese Restaurant – Singapore

So this is how we came to be eating at the “Oriental Chinese Restaurant.

Refreshing Wet Face Washers

Refreshing Wet Face Washers

As we took a seat the waitress brought us ice cold wet washers to refresh ourselves.  It’s such a nice touch, we have experienced this before when travelling through Japan and it’s always a godsend. Nothing clears away the hot, dirty feeling of heat and humidity like a cold face washer.

Feeling instantly rejuvenated we were ready to look at the menu.  We chose our foods by pointing at the menu and holding up 1 or 2 fingers depending on how many serves we wanted.

Chinese Beer & Soft Drinks for the kids

Chinese Beer & Soft Drinks for the kids

The drinks were chosen by the waitress, I pointed at the drinks fridge and then at Lachlan & Anais held up 2 finger and shrugged my shoulders.  The waitress brought over two cans of drink that were completely foreign to us. Anais ended up with a sweet Aloe drink which included sweet aloe pulp,  Anais thought she was drinking a gummy bear lolly drink and she loved it. So that was a big win for us. The waitress selected a white grape soft drink for Lachlan which tasted like hubba bubba grape bubble gum, it was gone in seconds!

We were off to a great start here in Chinatown. Hubby ordered three Harbin long neck beers imported from China, for the grand total of $4.00 each. We also received three beer mug filled with ice. Hmm, beer and ice… not the usual way of drinking beer, we tried to find a discreet way of disposing of the ice. I tipped mine in Tylor’s mug but the we had two mugs FULL of ice. After about five minutes of drinking we decided “when in Rome” I claimed back my ice… My beer was getting hot, way too quickly!

Beef Fried Rice Singapore

Beef Fried Rice Singapore

The first dish to arrive was a beef fried rice, it was full of  flavour with loads of delicious meat and vegetables.  Lachlan was quick to claim the balance of this dish, we all had to scoop from his plate if we wanted any at all!

Lachlan with Fried Rice & Dumplings

Lachlan with Fried Rice & Dumplings

The noodles were quite a bit spicier than the rice, I was in heaven. I love noodles and these were absolutely perfect!!!  The pricing of the dishes is fantastic as well, the rice was massive and came in at 4.00 as did the noodles.  What a cheap way to feed a hungry teenager.

Chicken & Fried Noodles

Chicken & Fried Noodles

We had noticed a picture of an interesting round bread on the wall.  I was curious, so when I saw a waitress I pointed at the bread and asked for two.  What arrived at the table was “melt in the mouth” deliciousness. The dough had been combined with an onion mixture and then wound up in a coil and fried to a crisp perfection.  The onion was soft and sweet inside the bread, Yum!  So good! Another bargain dish at only $3.60 for the two!

Pan Fried Onion Bread

Pan Fried Onion Bread

The teenager has been travelling with us all his life so he is used to our hit and miss style of eating.  Everything we had  pointed to  at the Chinese Oriental Restaurant resulted in rather normal fare.  There have been times in the past that he has been served flying fox casserole (Vanuta) or a foul ammonia tasting orange sea creatures (Japan).  The little children viewed everything set before them in a more suspicious manner, but after trying each dish they were satisfied that there wass nothing to fear.

Pork Dumplings Singapore

Pork Dumplings Singapore

I have had massive cravings for dumplings ever since I knew we would be traveling to Asia.  I ordered a serve and received ten dumplings, two each!! Yeh! They were only .25c, could life and food get any better!!  I not really sure what filling was inside the dumplings but it tasted like a pork and ginger combination.  It was a lovely fresh filling with a gorgeously soft noodle wrapper.

At this stage I was feeling that there was a very real chance I may never return home to Australia. If only the wine was cheaper 🙁  The cheapest wine I have found anywhere was a Jacobs Creek for $39!

Chinatown Night Market Signage

Chinatown Night Market Signage

With the family satisfied, Mr GG and I decided to walk the kids back to the Porcelain Hotel, which was just around the corner, and leave them with iPad in the care of the teenager. We had noticed the night market and hawker centre setting up and thought it would be easier to tackle the crowds without the kids.

Hawker Centre Steamed BBQ Pork Buns

Hawker Centre Steamed BBQ Pork Buns

I always lament that I do not have sufficient belly space for the food I would like to eat. Mr GG does not have this problem. Before we had even entered the hawker centre he had spotted some huge steamed buns.  We watched them being made by a very skilful street vendor.  I really wanted to try their fluffy goodness but I just couldn’t manage another bite! Mr GG on the other hand was able to dive right in to the sweet BBQ pork innards, he devoured the soft bun in no time.

Chinatown Steam Buns

Chinatown Steam Buns

Further into the hawker centre we found a virtual cornucopia of cheap, tasty food, but both Mr GG and I could manage anything more. The only sensible thing to do was to leave the temptation of the Hawker centre and continue on to the Night Markets.

Chinatown Lantans

Chinatown Lanterns

The Night Markets in Singapore’s Chinatown are well signposted, it would be really difficult to miss the milling of people and the gorgeous lit lanterns which line the streets.

Pretty Umbrellas hanging in Chinatown Singapore

Pretty Umbrellas hanging in Chinatown Singapore

The street scene is chaotic but beautiful!

Chinatown Night Markets

Chinatown Night Markets

We turned our attention to the cute things on display at the outside market.  I bought the children some of these cute little angry bird chopsticks.  We already have so many learner chopsticks with cute cartoon figures on the top but I couldn’t go past these.

Angry Bird Chopsticks

Angry Bird Chopsticks

I wanted to buy Anais on of these gorgeous Japanese doll umbrellas but Mr GG reminded me that with only 3 small backpacks as luggage between the five of us (plus my camera bag) we would be lucky to fit in the chopsticks, let alone anything bigger!

Japanese Doll Umbrellas

Japanese Doll Umbrellas

We enjoyed walking around the streets and taking in the eclectic atmosphere of the markets.  It was still hot, but the humidity of the day had gone leaving it a really pleasant evening to be strolling around, hand in hand with my hubby.

Oriental Chinese Restaurant

195 New Bridge Rd

Singapore 059425

Ph: 62 277 769

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  1. I miss Singapore after seeing your posts Julie! And yes wine and cheese are expensive there but the Singaporean food…mmmm! 😀

  2. Dear Julie,

    Singapore is a food haven with so much delicious food everywhere. I love the beers that come with a mug of ice to combat the humidity. Helps me drink my beers faster before the ice melts too 🙂

  3. Aww I am so sad I didn’t get to visit the night markets.. looks like it would have been great fun! You’re making me miss Singapore!!

  4. The food looks delicious over there in Chinatown. I hope to have a chance someday to visit and enjoy some of those meals.

  5. Sooo smart to look for the long lines and go where the writing is not English! Agree with you that oshibori – the wet towels are a wonderful custom…And speaking of traditions, looks like you hit the jackpot with the best dishes (and drinks) at a great price. Bravo, Julie!

    P.s. As always, I’m “Pinteresting” your photos =)

  6. I would love to try the food in these photos my friend 😀
    Everything looks so tasty and love the atmosphere!

    Cheers
    CCU

  7. I want some pan fried onion bread!! 🙂

  8. I think I’d struggle with trusting in orders placed without grasp of the language – and indeed, I did struggle when I was in Spain and had to do just that! It sounds like it worked out well in this instance though and perfectly done Asian noodles are a beautiful thing.

  9. I’m sooooo glad you posted this Julie 🙂 Because I’m actually going to Singapore next week for a long weekend so excited!! WOO HOO! I can’t wait to try all the dishes you did especially the pan fried onion pancakes!

    • Definitely try the panfried bread, Yum! I have a story coming up on the High Tea at Raffles, it was amazing 🙂

  10. The food in Singapore is just so amazing and ski cheap too- maybe it’s lucky I don’t live there anymore! Those buns look gorgeous, like fluffy clouds of Yumm!

  11. I’d be in heaven there – those steamed buns look so good and those noodles and pan-fried bread… mm, so much deliciousness!

  12. I like your post. I would say restaurants in Chinatown offers inexpensive and delicious food. I really miss Chinatown night markets of Singapore.

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