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Tantalizing taste sensations from Singapore

A WARM visit to the Singapore Pavilion!

With a pearl of sweat running down the side of my face, I took a big bite of the peanut-soaked chicken and knew this was going to be a good encounter for my stomach. Before me were four plates of Singaporean specialties. There was chicken and peanut sauce, crispy crab pate, famous Hainan curry and Nyonya noodles called Laksa. Each accompanied by an explanation about why it's so famous and loved.

The Nyonya noodles had over 10 ingredients, dominated by coconut milk and lemon grass. The Hainan curry consisted of steamed chicken and potato in a scrumptious curry and peanuty sauce.

Singapore has a large mixture of cuisines, such as Indian, Malaysian and Chinese. I was sitting outside the pavilion in the outrageous heat and enjoying food from "The Taste of Singapore." All the dishes had a very significant taste of coconut milk, lemon grass or peanuts. These ingredients give every dish a fresh taste and while I ate, my mind escaped back to my Southeast Asia travels.

When I finished the Asian-sensation meal I went into the small but very practical kitchen. I got a chef's hat, a pair of gloves, a face mask and a barbecue tool and then I became the chicken skewers flipper king.

After flipping and serving chicken skewers in the busy kitchen, it was time to tour the exhibition. The Singapore Pavilion is fun and playful and throughout you can interact with almost everything, for example, car racing and drums. The flow of visitors is well managed so you don't have to queue to try the interactions. The pavilion also displays historical colorful clothes from all the minorities in Singapore -- the menswear was a bit flamboyant. The tour ended on the roof garden where I strolled around and got lost among the lovely green plants and wonderful smelling flowers. It was a marvellous ending to an extraordinary visit.

That's all for this week folks. Stay hungry!


"The staff really wanted me to enjoy my meal and my visit."


"Colorful and stylish."

Taste overall:

"Yet another taste sensation at the Expo."

Healthy overall:

"A bit oily but the fresh taste made it feel less unhealthy."

Makes "Hungry Henrik" less hungry:

"Asian people are small for a reason, I think ..."


"High on interaction, but less Better City, Better Life."


"Friendly staff, nice pavilion and astonishing food."


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