Singapore's Tasty Treasures
Jim, an older man with a smile larger than his face and large glasses that make his gentle eyes look even larger, welcomes me as I wander into his restaurant for the third time in two weeks. I’d left the country and returned for one night, and made a beeline to this treasure chest of delectable Chinese food. This time around, I’d brought Mica, a firefighter from Finland I'd met at my hostel. We ordered a Tiger beer to split and some spring rolls to start. Jim brings us the beer and with a flourish, pours our glasses for us. "You came back!" he said.
"Of course!" I returned. “I was dreaming about your food while I was in Indonesia,” I admitted. And about the incredibly friendly service. Mica and I smiled as Jim scurried around, showing us a photograph of him on a Singapore talk show, pointed out landmarks on the map on the wall, and told us about how he went to school to be an engineer.
"But now I like this," he says, gesturing around him. And I’m very glad! I tell him.
I ordered the Chicken in Thai Style (again). Jim laid it on the table with a grin, and brought us some hot chili sauce on the side. The bits of tender chicken were coated with a crisp, light batter and fried with little red hot chili peppers, then covered in a gooey sweet and spicy sauce. Mica declared that his Hot and Sour soup was the best he’d ever had. I could smell the spice wafting up with the steam as it rose for the ceiling.
After the meal is over, I am sad to leave. I wouldn’t be coming back to Singapore for a very long time, but I know that when I do, the first thing I’m doing is visiting my friend Jim, and filling my belly with delicious and memorable food. And I take comfort in that fact.
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