Singapore: October 2017
Arrived over an hour early due to favorable winds, more than 10,000 miles flown, and a celebration at the end. Grabbed a snack with two people doing LAX-SIN-ICN-SFO to make both the inaugural United LAX-SIN flight as well as the final United international 747-400 flight from ICN-SFO, then ran off to explore Singapore.
Started off with a "lava" dan tat at Breadtalk-- the egg yolk custard in the bottom is indeed served burning hot! A few stops down, noodles for breakfast from a random stall. Nothing famous, but for SGD$2.50, who's complaining?
Michelin star hawker stall food at Hawker Chan followed a little later. The actual stall is a block or two down, but I figured A/C would be nice. Sadly I was disappointed by the soy sauce chicken, it was good but not all that special. I suspect the original stall is better? Explored Marina Bay Sands afterwards, both the observation deck as well as the gigantic mall... complete with some mostly excellent dim sum at Imperial Treasure; only the har cheung fun was a little lacking due to an overly-thick wrapper. Wrapped up the morning and afternoon's fooding with hainan chicken at Chatterbox. Very good but like dim sum was, kind of pricey. I suspect there's better to be had at a hawker stall somewhere, but sadly I didn't have time to find out! (there was also a chicken skewer at ToriQ at Takashimaya department store as well, but that was just ok.)
Quick break and then dinner at Shoukouwa. Sushi and chili crab as an art form. Contemporary and a bit sterile inside, superb service, and the chef was more friendly than expected. Clearly loved working with uni, and had some dishes I'd never had before, including the aforementioned chili crab, mantis shrimp (yuck), and an interesting combo of abalone with clam and yuzu pepper. Watching him slice ginger and shred wasabi before your eyes was a clear sign of quality. *drool* Superb overall, but not quite sure what all the fuss was, considering you can get similar in quality and presentation at quite a few other places (and for less money).
Wrapped things up with Ah Chew's delicious mango sago with pomelo dessert. Yummy-- debated ice cream as well, but ran out of stomach space! Also tried to get pie as well down the street, but wasn't able to make it before they closed!