A popular Chinese saying here is ‘tiam tiam chiak’ which liberally translated means ‘it’s always time to eat’. Appropriate. Singapore’s favorite pastime is eating good food! People not only love to eat out but also find it a practical solution to their very busy lifestyles. In this ultra-fast society, many will even eat breakfast at a restaurant, rather than cook at home. So, as we’ve been ‘suffering for the gospel’ in this part of the world :-), I thought you might want to see some of the exotic delicacies that have bewildered these African palates!
For example, the final picture is of a bizarre fruit that’s quite a delicacy here. It’s called durain or the ‘king of fruits’. Never encountered anything like it. It has a tough green exterior with sharp thorns and cutting into it needs serious skills. It has a strong ammonia smell that sticks to your hands and mouth. The smell is so strong that it’s illegal to carry one onto public transportation! In light of which it’s sweet and creamy taste and texture come as quite a surprise. Eating it has been likened to eating strawberries and cream in a toilet!