Chinatown Singapore Is A District That Apparently Sleeps And Serves Steamboat Buffet From Hell

Departing from Jakarta I arrived at Singapore to meet my cousin and uncle who arrived earlier from Manila. We left the Changi Airport at around 9:30 pm and rode the train directly from Terminal 2 and then alighted at Chinatown station in just half an hour. It is a known fact that Chinatowns exist throughout the world including non Asian countries and they pretty much all look and feel alike. And since Singapore is predominantly Chinese we were excited to see their own version.
Singapore MRT
inside a Singapore MRT

Upon alighting from the train we headed to exit A anticipating the crowded and busy Pagoda street. To our surprise 90% of the entire Chinatown was already sleeping.
Chinatown Station
 Where the hell is everybody? It was not even 11 pm and yet this place was already a ghost town. Everything was closed in Pagoda Street. We walked the New Bridge Road and turned right at Mosque Street. Yep, there's a Hindu street in this Chinatown.
Chinatown Singapore
This area of Chinatown is where the budget hostels are located. I booked our hotel on this street ahead of time thinking the place will be crowded and boy was I wrong.

Chinatown Singapore
Mosque Street at night
After checking-in and leaving the bags at the hostel we went to grab a very late dinner. The next block from Pagoda is called Temple Street and rightfully so since this is where you will see the stunning Sri Mariamman Temple. Isn't it odd? A Hindu temple and Mosque Street both at the Chinatown. It really goes to show the cultural diversity of Singapore.
Chinatown Singapore
Sri Mariamman Temple
Finally a good sign. The next block after Temple was Smith Street a.k.a. Chinatown Food Street. During the day from lunch time until dinner this street is flocked by both local and tourists for its famous hawker food stalls. 
Chinatown Singapore
Chinatown Singapore
Smith Street
To our dismay yet again. All the food stalls and restaurants are either closed or about to close. Seriously, where is the warm welcome Chinatown?
Chinatown Singapore
Smith Street Hawkers
We walked the whole stretch of Smith St. and found the one and only remaining open restaurant. Well, hello Golden Sticks table for three please.
Chinatown Singapore
Golden Sticks
There was no menu because they only serve the Steamboat buffet during this hour. The price was 25 SGD per person. It was a little expensive for a very limited variety of ingredients. But we were all very hungry and decided to give it a go.
Chinatown Singapore
Steamboat Buffet
Chinatown Singapore
We couldn't understand the waitress while ordering so she gave us a huge pot of boiling soup divided into  mild and spicy. What she really meant though was that the soup on the left side is really really spicy and the one on the right is super duper ultra mega filled with chilli seeds kind of spicy! Being the idiot the I was I took on the right side first. As soon as I swallowed my throat fucking hurt so bad I couldn't breathe. It was by far the spiciest food I've ever eaten and I awfully regret it all the more the following day. Let's just say my stomach was so bad that I can't go outside the hostel room for half a day. It was really unfortunate because the rest of my family arrived that day and I didn't join our already planned Sentosa Island tour until late afternoon. Oh well, lesson learned. Do not disturb a sleeping Chinatown again.

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had hot pot! I remember when I was in China, our host saw how much hot pot we had eaten... so he took us to Dairy Queen to get ice cream. He said it would be best this way. Two of us had ice cream, my friend did not... and my friend regretted it. Apparently he had burning issues in the restroom. Food that burns going in and coming out should have a warning label in multiple languages.

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    1. They do serve ice cream as well and I did have 2 scoops after. It only happened to me. My cousin and uncle were perfectly fine the next day. I guess it varies on a person's tolerance for spicy food. Definitely agree with you on the warning label.

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  2. i was told that hot drink or milk helps relieve the pain brought by too much spiciness. we will be going to singapore and malaysia later this month and your posts will surely help us in planning our itinerary. thanks

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    1. I wish I knew it before. I haven't post much about Singapore and Malaysia but I will try to write soon.

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