Weekend in Sentosa

Me at the Sentosa Hawker

Me at the Sentosa Hawker

 

Me and the dogs

Me and the dogs

 

The doggies having fun!

The doggies having fun!

 

One of the food stalls at the Hawker

One of the food stalls at the Hawker

 

Two of the dogs.. the other was asleep

Two of the dogs.. the other was asleep

 

Harassing poor Kramer as he eats

Harassing poor Kramer as he eats

 

Tariq playing "Cesar"

Tariq playing “Cesar”

This weekend we spent the weekend dog sitting in Sentosa.  In my opinion, Sentosa is similar to Key Biscayne in Miami.  It is a little island off the mainland and you have to cross a small bridge to get there.  Once there, you’ll find Universal Studios, upscale condos, hotels, and beaches.  To live there is the same as living in Key Biscayne… It’s expensive but worth it because you have everything you need and it’s really pretty.  We love going to Sentosa because it feels like a mini vacation for us.  So, Tom and Maryanne went on a mini vacation themselves and we agreed to watch their two dogs at their house in Sentosa.  We brought Lobo over and spent a weekend with the DOGS!

We ate at a “Cuban” place for lunch.  It’s called Paradiso… Cuban it’s not.  The only Cuban thing on the menu is their Cuban sandwich, which sounds like a media noche.  I don’t know if it’s good.  I didn’t try it, but I may have to come back just to find out.

We also went to the only Hawker in Sentosa.  Hawkers are typically these open-aired food markets all around the city where you can get really cheap local food (an entire meal will cost you max $3.00).  It’s kind of like a food court, but outside.  There are a bunch of stalls with different food options.  Some are yummy, some are scary.  The smells when you walk by can sometimes make you nauseated because it’s so many smells under one roof (you have fish, pork, smelly fruit) and you’re outside, so it’s also super hot.  Rather than open up your appetite, some of the smells combined with the heat makes you forget you were hungry.

Luckily, they post restaurant ratings on the outside of each stall.  I have tried to make it a point to not eat at anything that does not have an “A” rating.  There’s just something about an open aired restaurant, with bad smells, and with a “B” or “C” rating that makes me go HMMMM.

Anyhow, the hawker in Sentosa is a bit different.  This Hawker is air conditioned, for starters.  It’s right across from Universal Studios  so it is catered to a more tourist crowd.  The menus and the description of food are in English (which in the neighborhood ones, you are stuck playing a guessing game, if they don’t have pictures).  We decided to give it a try since we were there.  All I can say is that I want to go back every weekend.  We ate something called Prawn Mee.  It’s basically a soup, with veggies, shrimps, noodles, a hard boiled egg, and a curry like paste.  It was so delicious!

For dessert, we got really adventurous!! We ate this thing called Penang Chendol.  It is the weirdest thing I have ever seen or eaten, but surprisingly it was really good!  It is super sweet and it had coconut sugar, coconut milk, worm like jellies, and ready for this….. Red kidney beans on the top!! Like I said, it sounds and looks super weird but it was actually really really good.  IMG_00000026Here’s a few pictures.

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