Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Stellar Cuisine
05.03.2010 28 °C
The information booth at our campground had brochures for mountain bike rentals so today we decided to get physical! We rode our bikes to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. http://www.nparks.gov.sg
It was pretty bizarre to be in the hustle and bustle of the city and then only 12km later we’re in a rainforest.
We went on a guided trek through the Nature Reserve. We saw monkeys! Long-tailed Macaque monkeys, our guide said we were lucky to see them in the forest. Since the monkeys have become accustom to humans they hang out in the main car park begging for food.
Our guide was amazing he knew all the names of the different types of trees, flowers and plants. He had x-ray vision when it came to spotting insects, small animals and birds. He was the highlight of our day for sure!
After the trek we hopped back on our bikes and hit the mountain bike trail that circles around the Nature Reserve. The scenery was gorgeous!
We stopped at a Hawker Centre for late lunch. Don’t worry I had no idea what a Hawker Centre was either! It’s Singapore’s version of a food courtbut with street meat vendors. The government created them to help regulate street vendors; the various vendors are set up in a u-shape with tables in the middle.
Ben ordered Fish Head Curry again. He loves it! It’s exactly what you imagine it to be, a floating fish head, sounds disgusting but it was tasty! The fish head is stewed in a curry broth, real curry, none of this curry powder from Safeway we are use to, vegetables are added and it’s served on a bed of rice. Locals call it their unofficial National dish.
Piotr got Otak-Otak, fish cake made with chilies then wrapped in banana leaf and cooked over a charcoal fire. As with most of the dishes we’ve tried on this trip, it looked horrible, but smelt and tasted delicious!
Not to be left out I had to try something different as well, so I ordered barbequed Stingray. I was expecting it to be rubbery like squid but it was so soft and tender. It came on a banana leaf, smothered in Sambal sauce which is used everywhere in Singapore. It’s made from chilies and it sure is spicy. Thinking about it now makes me hungry again. Mmmmmm, so yummy!
Check out the unique accommodation we stumbled upon, our fellow TVTer’s will appreciate this.
Can you believe it is a Holiday Inn!