On the eve of having to return his Citroen DS3 back to its rightful owners,...
If you spotted the sexy grey Citroën DS3 around town with the August Man A-Lister's decal on its side, you might have noticed a new driver at its helm.
Taking over from where Nabil Mustafiz left off is fellow A-Lister Steven Yuen who will be showing us his favourite places in Singapore in a four-part travel diary.
In his first post, the born and bred Australian goes on a quest to search for a dish that reminds him of the comforts of home. Which Australian dish is this and where can you find it? Read on to find out.
But before that, he tries to convince us that he's not as timid a driver as he may have first professed to be. Take it away, Steven.
Chapter one: The Dark Knight
A couple of months ago I was quoted inside August Man saying that I am "a granny driver.” The reason for this is because I always travel well below the speed limit, I let myself get bullied on the road and I always indicate when exiting a roundabout.
After one week with the Citroën DS3, I came to the sudden realization that I am a granny driver because of how slow my current car is. It’s like Sebastian Vettel going through the Marina Bay Circuit in a golf buggy. Now that I have the DS3, it feels like I have some serious power at my fingertips and I’m ready to say good bye to the little fragile granny inside me.
The first thing I should mention is that there is this little tiny button in the car. Unfortunately it’s not a passenger eject button (would be useful for visiting relatives), but rather, it activates the car's “sports” mode. When you push this “S” button, the car turns into a bit of a beast and it honestly feels like you’re driving that monster Batmobile from the Dark Knight. Now I am not a mathematician but I managed to come up with a simple formula as follows:
Anyways if you guys remember, in the movie, Batman certainly breaks a lot of road laws and if there is one thing that he is not, it is a granny driver. Well, after years of being pushed around on the road, I think I am finally ready to test (and break) some of the road rules in my new Batmobile. Hence, I decided to test the car in three scenarios. I had to do this at night, so apologies if the pictures turn out a little dark.
Scenario 1: Batmobile parked inside a granny zone (i.e. Free Parking). Monopoly man would be proud.
Scenario 2: Batmobile parked inside a reserved lot (i.e. Free Parking). Monopoly man would again be proud.
Scenario 3: Batmobile parked inside a wheel clamp zone (i.e. Free Parking). Monopoly man would be once again be proud.
Fine. In order to avoid a “Go Directly to Jail” card, I'd better clarify the above three pictures. In case you’re wondering I didn’t break any road laws, so don’t worry!
I didn’t park in the handicap zone, I only drove past it!
I parked in the reserved lot at 9PM which is well after the “reserved” time of 6PM!
I did park in the wheel clamp area, but it’s my own house, so no worries!
Anyway, I am having a blast with the Citroen DS3, which brings me to my next quest...
Chapter two: In search of the best pie in Singapore
I’ve been in Singapore for about 7 years now, and a recurring question I always get asked is “what is the best thing about Singapore”. I’m usually very fast to answer “the food”, and I am completely surprised that it is America that has an obesity problem and not Singapore, given the rich foods available here.
The best thing about the food in Singapore is the variety, and it’s pretty easy to get good tasting food from any culture. However, there is one exception and that is an old fashion Australian meat pie. Being an Australian, pie is a staple for me and unfortunately it is difficult to find good pie in Singapore. In Australia you can just buy one from your local 7-11, but in Singapore's 7-11s the pie has been replaced with Lor Mai Kia and Char Siew Bao.
So my travel journey this week looks at finding a good pie in Singapore. I’m going to do something which most of you will find very sickening, and that is eat a pie for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Lucky for me the August Man A-Lister competition has come to a close, so there is absolutely no need to be worrying about polluting my body with 5,000 calories of fat today.
Pie Breakfast: So first up is breakfast and I decided to go to a place on Evans Road called “Hatched.” As the name implies it is more famous for its eggs but they do sell a Shepherd's pie as well.
Interestingly, the pie here doesn’t really look like a pie, it looks more like a baked rice dish or lasagna and I do find it a little odd that a pie gets served inside a baking dish! Overall the taste was okay, it was a little small in quantity, but I would actually call it more of a pie hybrid.
To be fair to Hatched, I am a little bit of an idiot, ordering a pie at a place that specializes in eggs. Luckily. the August Man A-Listers competition is a search for “substance, style and success”… notice that there is no “smart” in there. Anyway, my wife ordered “The Sleeper” which is French toast with caramelized bananas, bacon and maple syrup. This was absolutely delicious and she said it was definitely one to order again.
Lunch Pie: Next up we have Don Pie shop which is located at Raffles Place. It’s pretty empty on a Saturday since there are very few people in the CBD, however this place does get quite busy on the weekday because their signature crab bee hoon dish is extremely popular.
Now this looks like a pie! It’s engulfed in a thick layer of pastry and it honestly has a very sexy structure. Looks-wise it gets a 9, but what about the inside? Well, the ingredients are quite unusual, in the sense that it comes with an egg and has peas, corn and carrots. Overall it has a nice taste, but doesn't feel like a traditional pie, but more like a pie with an Asian touch. Still, it’s a superb effort.
Dinner Pie: For dinner, I went to Double Bay which is located at Raffles City (I have never understood why they called this mall is called Raffles City when it’s in City Hall and not Raffles Place. It’s so confusing). Anyway, being an Australian restaurant, I thought they should excel in pies.
Now the pie here doesn’t look quite as good as the Don one; its shape is not as solid but I’m glad the peas and the carrots come on the side (where they belong). However, I have to say, the taste is just excellent. It has a traditional taste that I'm used to and it’s huge in quantity. I can honestly say the pie at Double Bay is as good as any you’ll find in Australia. At about $18 and 800 calories, it’s definitely not something you could eat every night, but it certainly solves the pie cravings that I get once in a while. Mission accomplished.
26 Evans Road
Tel. 6735 0012
20 Cross Street
#01-34 China Square Central
Tel. 6327 4344
#01-22A Raffles City Shopping Centre
Tel. 6334 6530
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