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Value places / shops in Singers

Postby offshoreoildude » Mon, 10 Dec 2012 8:56 pm

I don't know if this has been covered but.... in my 2 weeks off I've only seen a little value in Singers.... it's not longer cheap!

Daiso - $2 shop. Good for xmas presents.

Wet n Wild - if you have an NTUC card - good value for the rides really - and the swimwear shop is pretty reasonable value.

The 3 for $10 shops next to Mustafa are good for gifts to take to friends you visiting.

There's been nothing else that's caught my eye. Singers has gotten damn expensive.
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Postby Wd40 » Mon, 10 Dec 2012 9:09 pm

If you are looking for cheap mobile phones you can try naranjan electronics on race course road in little India. You get awesome prices, but do note that they are all export sets without warranty, so it's a gamble.

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Postby nakatago » Tue, 11 Dec 2012 12:53 am

Value dollar shops in malls and HDB shops far away from the city. Cheap crap and some good steals. They also have the big name commercial supermarket brands of candy and chocolates (e.g. nestle, cadbury) from the US and Europe (FYI, M&M's and toblerone in NTuc's are made in china. Yes, even candy manufacturing is freakin' outsourced to china now). And no, they won't expire in several months.

No boutique brands but hey, you wanted cheap.

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Postby beppi » Tue, 11 Dec 2012 6:58 pm

The (probably only) real bargain in Singapore is to be had in any hawker centre.
I don't think simple meals are as cheap as here anywhere else in the world (as percentage of average incomes), and the quality is worse in most places, too!

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Postby the lynx » Wed, 12 Dec 2012 8:47 am

beppi wrote:The (probably only) real bargain in Singapore is to be had in any hawker centre.


To add, hawker centres further away from the city.

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 12 Dec 2012 9:14 am

beppi wrote:The (probably only) real bargain in Singapore is to be had in any hawker centre.
I don't think simple meals are as cheap as here anywhere else in the world (as percentage of average incomes), and the quality is worse in most places, too!


Things are changing with some restaurants/stalls no longer being able to afford their helping hands with the visas and all.

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Postby Wen_XY » Sun, 23 Dec 2012 1:08 pm

beppi wrote:The (probably only) real bargain in Singapore is to be had in any hawker centre.
I don't think simple meals are as cheap as here anywhere else in the world (as percentage of average incomes), and the quality is worse in most places, too!


There are economical meals outside of hawker centers! iirc Ananas Cafe sells 2 dollar chicken rice, it's not too bad also, no frills dining. If you work in the city, e.g. Orchard, there is cheap food in Far East, Lucky Plaza and Orchard Towers.

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Postby Brah » Sun, 23 Dec 2012 6:52 pm

The problem with really cheap food is much of it is not healthy, lots of carbs, and some is only marginally nutritious. And to beppi's point, from my recent experience eating at various food courts for the first time in years, not the best quality.

So in the end it's not so cheap when you factor in the medical bills. Of course not a problem for once in a while hawker visits.

Like McDonalds, if one were to eat Chicken Rice every day I really wonder what would happen to their cholesterol levels.

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beppi wrote:The (probably only) real bargain in Singapore is to be had in any hawker centre.
I don't think simple meals are as cheap as here anywhere else in the world (as percentage of average incomes), and the quality is worse in most places, too!


There are economical meals outside of hawker centers! iirc Ananas Cafe sells 2 dollar chicken rice, it's not too bad also, no frills dining. If you work in the city, e.g. Orchard, there is cheap food in Far East, Lucky Plaza and Orchard Towers.

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Postby Wd40 » Sun, 23 Dec 2012 7:01 pm

Brah wrote:Like McDonalds, if one were to eat Chicken Rice every day I really wonder what would happen to their cholesterol levels.

Wen_XY wrote:
beppi wrote:The (probably only) real bargain in Singapore is to be had in any hawker centre.
I don't think simple meals are as cheap as here anywhere else in the world (as percentage of average incomes), and the quality is worse in most places, too!


There are economical meals outside of hawker centers! iirc Ananas Cafe sells 2 dollar chicken rice, it's not too bad also, no frills dining. If you work in the city, e.g. Orchard, there is cheap food in Far East, Lucky Plaza and Orchard Towers.


Brah, are you sure about that? I believe that many Singaporeans dont cook at home at all. I heard many of them dont even use the kitchen, for the purpose that it is meant to be. So they all eat at hawkers stalls and chicken rice is a staple diet.

Looking at Singaporean personalities v/s western personalities I would say Chicken rice is completely contrasting with American fast food. There is no comparison at all except that both are fast food.

Chinese food is definitely fat and cholestrol free, hence they are so thin.

Malay and Indian food though, is what can be said as not healthy. Heavy with oil and that shows up in their personalities.

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Postby Brah » Sun, 23 Dec 2012 7:10 pm

Wd40 wrote:
Brah wrote:Like McDonalds, if one were to eat Chicken Rice every day I really wonder what would happen to their cholesterol levels.

Brah, are you sure about that? I believe that many Singaporeans dont cook at home at all. I heard many of them dont even use the kitchen, for the purpose that it is meant to be. So they all eat at hawkers stalls and chicken rice is a staple diet.

Looking at Singaporean personalities v/s western personalities I would say Chicken rice is completely contrasting with American fast food. There is no comparison at all except that both are fast food.

Chinese food is definitely fat and cholestrol free, hence they are so thin.

!!!!! Really?
Because one of the things that struck me when I moved here from Japan was how many fat people were here, comparably. There's some healthy Chinese food, but no way the majority of what people eat is of that variety. At least from what I see people eating in food courts.

Do you know how chicken rice is made? I don't exactly, but a lotta chicken grease in that rice. Happy to be corrected on this if I'm wrong.

Agree with you re the eating at home vs. eating out.

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Postby Brah » Sun, 23 Dec 2012 7:53 pm

I just might be wrong on the 'lotta' part, from one recipe see not as much oil as I did on some local TV show.

I still don't like any oil in my rice, unless I'm eating American Style Chinese Food, which when doing so know it's anything but healthy.

http://steamykitchen.com/5068-hainanese ... -rice.html

1 whole chicken (3.5 lbs, 1.8kg), preferably organic
kosher salt
4'' section of fresh ginger, in 1/4'' slices
2 stalks green onions, cut into 1" sections (both the green and white parts)
1 teaspoon sesame oilFOR THE RICE
2 tablespoon chicken fat or 2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1'' section of ginger, finely minced
2 cups long-grain uncooked rice, washed and soaked in cool water for 10 min or longer
2 cups reserved chicken poaching broth
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon kosher saltFOR THE CHILI SAUCE
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoon reserved chicken poaching broth
2 teaspoon sugar
4 tablespoon sriracha chili sauce
4 cloves garlic
1'' ginger
a generous pinch of salt, to tasteFOR THE TABLE
1/4 cup dark soy sauce
Few sprigs cilantro
1 cucumber, thinly sliced or cut into bite-sized chunks

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 24 Dec 2012 2:09 am

The broth from chicken in retail chicken rice is oily, and is used to cook the rice also. I've cooked it myself at home, a slightly healthier version (skinless) so have 'the feel' of the recipe.

If you want an all-in-one mega protein/fat/carb hit, the retail version is probably it.

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Postby ecureilx » Mon, 24 Dec 2012 9:52 am

JR8 wrote:If you want an all-in-one mega protein/fat/carb hit, the retail version is probably it.


our health advisors keep reminding us that Chicken Rice has the highest amount of Cholesterol, and always clarify that it is due to the Chicken Broth used to cook the Rice :D

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Postby v4jr4 » Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:09 am

Wd40 wrote:I believe that many Singaporeans dont cook at home at all. I heard many of them dont even use the kitchen, for the purpose that it is meant to be. So they all eat at hawkers stalls and chicken rice is a staple diet.


Well, the hawker centre around the Chinese Garden MRT even promotes a healthier menu (or so they said).
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Postby v4jr4 » Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:10 am

Brah wrote:I just might be wrong on the 'lotta' part, from one recipe see not as much oil as I did on some local TV show.

I still don't like any oil in my rice, unless I'm eating American Style Chinese Food, which when doing so know it's anything but healthy.

http://steamykitchen.com/5068-hainanese ... -rice.html

1 whole chicken (3.5 lbs, 1.8kg), preferably organic
kosher salt
4'' section of fresh ginger, in 1/4'' slices
2 stalks green onions, cut into 1" sections (both the green and white parts)
1 teaspoon sesame oilFOR THE RICE
2 tablespoon chicken fat or 2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1'' section of ginger, finely minced
2 cups long-grain uncooked rice, washed and soaked in cool water for 10 min or longer
2 cups reserved chicken poaching broth
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon kosher saltFOR THE CHILI SAUCE
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoon reserved chicken poaching broth
2 teaspoon sugar
4 tablespoon sriracha chili sauce
4 cloves garlic
1'' ginger
a generous pinch of salt, to tasteFOR THE TABLE
1/4 cup dark soy sauce
Few sprigs cilantro
1 cucumber, thinly sliced or cut into bite-sized chunks


Sadly, no one knows if MSG is "involved" :P
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