Scrumptious Singapore: A FOOD Museum?

Eating Out

So my series on Singapore is winding down, just as I’m about to leave the big NYC for a second Singaporean eat-stravaganza!  I’ll be there for Chinese New Year, where they’ve got a TON of specialty foods specifically for the occasion. I’m stoked!

I leave you with this last, somewhat different post – if there’s anything I like as much as eating food, it’s learning about food. I was delighted to discover that Singapore’s national museum has a whole exhibit on the cuisine of this country.  So of course I HAD to check it out!  But first, does anyone know what those torturous looking devices are in the first picture? (The answer’s at the end of this post – no peeking!)

If you’ve been following along in my Scrumptious Singapore series, some of these dishes will sound familiar to you:

I really loved these tins that people used to carry – with separate compartments, you could pack breakfast, lunch and dinner (or a multi-course meal):

These are some of the old-school cooking supplies that were common back in the day:

A whole exhibit on roti prata? Yes please!  The screen on top had great footage of the skilled prata-makers.

Bak Kut Teh is an herbal pork soup that is supposed to be very good for you.  While I know some ardent fans, I am a not-so-ardent fan, if you will, so I skipped it. I still enjoyed reading about it though:

We can’t forget about one of my favorite dishes – chicken rice!  For an interesting piece of trivia, look at the second photo closely to see what this dish used to be called.

Hmmm, interesting, interesting.

The food exhibit at the National Museum was a great introduction to Singaporean cuisine if you’re unfamiliar (or a great recap if you’ve stuffed yourself the prior week, ha!).  Now, where are these museums in the US?

PS Have you guessed what those paddle things are in the first photo? No, they’re not torture devices, but rather cake molds – the old-school Asian bundt pan, if you will!  What was your guess?

Next stop, Singapore! 🙂

More Scrumptious Singapore:
Scrumptious Singapore: A Teaser
Scrumptious Singapore: Chili Crab and Friends
Scrumptious Singapore: Mooncake Madness
Scrumptious Singapore: Roti Prata
Scrumptious Singapore: Hainanese Chicken Rice
Scrumptious Singapore: A Different Kind of Sandwich

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  • Try Anything Once Terri
    February 3, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Cool! Have a wonderful trip!

  • lobster
    February 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    oh fun! I love learning about things. Food especially. haha

  • Kim
    February 3, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Have a great time! I've really enjoyed this series on your blog. I had no idea what those paddles were, except that I thought a similar display would look awesome in my kitchen.

  • Jessica
    February 4, 2011 at 12:04 am

    My guess was that they were some sort of ravioli shaper, I just got done watching Top Chef make pasta though, I blame them. 🙂

  • Mrs. Hot Cocoa
    February 4, 2011 at 2:13 am

    I saw tins like that at a display in Takashimaya, but unfortunately they weren't for sale. I want them much!!!

  • Cakewhiz
    February 4, 2011 at 5:16 am

    That looks like a very fun museum. If i ever go to singapore, i would make sure to visit this exhibit 🙂