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Are you brave enough for Smith Street?

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I love Singapore. I’ve actually lost track of how many times I’ve been there, because whenever I go travelling in Asia or Europe, I make sure I have a couple of days stopover on the way or returning home.  There’s a camera shop in Chinatown run by an Indian named Roy – we always stop in and demand he convinces us to buy something we really don’t need. And there are a couple of ladies who give the most amazing foot massages in the world for about $10 for an hour-long massage. They feel a bit sorry for us because all we have are daughters, but we don’t mind. We’ve been to the night zoo and photographed the Merlion from every possible angle, and really done everything there is to do. But we keep going back. And we will keep going back because we can’t resist the call of Smith Street after dark!

During the day, Smith Street is your typical Chinatown market, not a lot different than Toronto or New York or San Francisco. Street vendors and tiny storefronts sell designer fakes or knock-offs, pirate music and DVD vendors annoy the heck out of you, and the selection of Hello Kitty paraphernalia will blow your mind!

But once the sun goes down everything changes. Kiosks that have been locked up tight all day unfold, revealing woks and fryers, freezers, delicacies of every kind, prepared by mad genius chefs who can work miracles in mad heat. The street is lined with tables that fill up so quickly, humans of every ethnicity drawn by the wondrous aromas to the promise of food like they have never had before. And I have never, ever been disappointed. My favourite – chili crabs – possibly the messiest dish on any planet, but spicy sweet and utterly divine. The second night it’s Peking Duck. I was so disappointed in Beijing – it could not meet the standard of Smith Street.

I’m thinking about going again in September – there’s some very cheap tickets going right now…

Note – the guzhen is the tradition Chinese stringed instrument used in every Chinese style anything. You’d know it as soon as you heard it.

Written by Titirangi Storyteller

29/07/2011 at 1:16 am

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