With just a couple of hours break from our 'official' itinerary, a fellow traveler and I decided to check out Chinatown. We had our sights on the 3 temples of 'different religions' that's supposed to be adjacent to one another, and of course pick up a few knick knacks on the side.
Getting there was a breeze via MRT . We were in Clarke Quay and just a few minutes away: got off the Chinatown stop, went up the stairs, and viola, we are in Chinatown. And we are lost.
same same, but different
We followed the gentleman's direction and found our way into Pagoda St. My initial impression was that the place has all the trappings of a typical Chinatown.
There are vendors and stalls selling souvenirs and all sorts of trinkets, just what we are looking for. Oh wait, yes we are looking for the temples, but a few little side trips wouldn't hurt.
And whats different about this Chinatown? Its spotlessly clean! Now that may be an exaggeration but if you have seen Chinatowns in other places, you'll probably agree with me.
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We went inside a few stores, by 'few' I mean a good number of 'hey, let's go inside and check if its cheaper'.
the tintin shop!
finally: one street, 3 religionsWe did manage to reach South Bridge road where the temples are. Do you want to know what cultural diversity looks like?
That's 3 adjacent places of worship along one street: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (Buddhist temple), Sri Mariamman Temple (Hindu temple), and Masjid Jamae Chulia (Mosque)
We probably spent more than half of our time here in Chinatown appreciating these three [will post more photos soon].
die die, must try!I heard that the food is one of the 'draws' in Chinatown [it always is!] but we did not have the luxury of time. We did manage to stumble into Tong Heng.
I did not realize the significance of this pastry shop until later when I did some googling. Unbeknownst to me Tong Heng is an institution and known for its egg tarts.
I got a couple of egg tarts [the absolute die, die, must try item here] and some mini mooncake with lotus paste. And the verdict with the egg tarts? Hmmm, well they are soft .... and different ... and eggy. [And that, folks, is why I don't do food blogs] I also read that they put nothing but the nicest stuff in their pastries, and that should be good enough for me :)