And you can't really blame them.
Kopitiam: True Taste of Singapore 24-Hour Food court in Orchard Road
It was a great thing that YMCA International House was situated close to a 24-Hour Food court called Kopitiam! Without it, it would have been generic pre-packed meals for us at nearby 7-Eleven.
I was quite overwhelmed with the idea of a 24-hour food court because this concept is not really enforced here in the Philippines. Yes, we do have 24-hour PARES HOUSES and even GOTOHAN, but they are not as diverse as the KOPITIAMS in Singapore.
Just one of the many stalls inside 24-Hour Kopitiam
I have to say that although the food court itself was open round the clock, just like Rasapura Masters at The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands Singapore, there was just a handful of stalls open when we arrived at around 12.30 AM. In fact, the stall that specialized in Bak Kut Teh was already closed for the day. Too bad.
Just the same, we bought two set meals and fruit shakes from three different stalls so that we can sample on what we thought, were their specialties.
Let me share with you what we had that time:
Phad Thai Value Set (SGD 6.50 or PHP 216)
Freshly-made Phad Thai
I waited for around 15 minutes as the stall owner made my order from scratch. I liked how the flat noodles were cooked al dente which very much provided a chewy structure to the dish. The generous seafood toppings made it extra memorable although I wasn't really won over by the overwhelming taste of the bean sprouts.
The Phad Thai came with a side dish and soup.
Delish Side Dish
The soup however was just so-so and wasn't at all memorable.
My hubby Bala ordered this sweet and spicy dish which also came with a side dish of shredded green mangoes & carrots plus the same bowl of Tom Yum soup. Bala decided to eat this without any rice for I told him I couldn't handle the Phad Thai all by myself.
Kopitiam Orchard Road Papaya & Avocado Shakes
My baby Tutapel was also craving for something cold that was why I ordered shakes for us. Honestly, I had high hopes for these drinks; but, they turned out to be a disappointment. Imagine, they weren't sweet at all! No matter how much syrup I requested from them, they just couldn't make these shakes taste the way I liked them.
After our carb fix, I even brought home a couple of fried dumplings which resembled the ones I had at Rasapura Masters. We thought sis Ren might have been famished too considering our whole theme park escapade and all. But we found out she was already asleep and so we ate them instead lest they go bad in the morning.
♪♪ Good. It's worth a try.