Sport has a wonderful ability to defy logic. Underdogs beating favourites and seemingly impossible comebacks all add to the reason we love the drama of sport. Golf is a great provider of drama. The 2012 Ryder Cup was one of the most incredible comebacks in sport. It was a comeback for the ages. That Ryder Cup Sunday may be the most emotional day in golf history. Today on the blog we will relive the “Miracle at Medinah”.
Team USA had won the Ryder Cup last time they played on home soil in Valhalla. Times were tough for the Americans as Europe had begun to dominate the event. Medinah was their chance to win a second home Ryder Cup in a row and show the visitors what they were made of.
Chicago is one of America’s great sporting cities. With teams like the Bears, the Cubs, the White Sox and the Blackhawks, sports are part of the fabric of the city. That week, golf would be a major part of the conversation. The Ryder Cup always has huge galleries. Everyone knew that this would be a rowdy crowd. Chicago was just 25 miles away from Medinah, after all. Davis Love III would be hoping to use those fans to help carry his team to a win. They needed one. Jose Maria Olazabal and his European team wanted a rare away victory.
Medinah Country Club
The 39th Ryder Cup was being held at Medinah Country Club. Having the Ryder Cup here was a real treat. This is one of America’s great country clubs. Medinah is a PGA TOUR course and a five-time major venue. It is a truly grand club. There are three courses at the prestigious Medinah Country Club of which, Course No 3 is the most famous.
Tom Bendelow designed the course originally then work from A.W. Tillinghast, Roger Packard and Rees Jones created the finished product we see today. In preparation for the Ryder Cup, a renovation project took place on Course 3 costing around $1.5 million.
The 7,657 yard par 72 was a wonderful host course for the Ryder Cup due to the nature of the course. Medinah is a classic American inland course. There are plenty of risk versus reward decisions to be made as you make your way around the course. The course is packed with hazards. Trees, bunkers and water hazards all punish errant shots but the shape of the course tempts you to take risks. The hostile atmosphere would be another hazard for Europe. The home fans hoped that this fortress would be the site of a victory.
The teams were published. Captain Olazabal started his Ryder Cup with a proven pairing. He went for Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell as they had played together three times at Celtic Manor in 2010. Team Northern Ireland. They faced Furyk and Snedeker, two of the steadiest golfers on earth, and would win 1up. Team USA took the next two matches with wins from Mickelson/Bradley and Dufner/Z. Johnson. The all-English pairing of Rose and Poulter gave a strong finish for Europe to end the session at two points apiece. The 2012 Ryder Cup was on its way. It was a tight affair.
The afternoon brought some troubling events for Team Europe. The Americans started with a huge 5&4 victory from Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson. This was a sign of a rough afternoon ahead. This emphatic win sparked a strong session for Team USA. That Mickelson and Bradley pairing that had worked so well in the morning worked again as they won 2&1. This would become a key partnership. Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar also worked well together for a win over Rose and Kaymer.
The first three matches brought red points, some resistance was needed from the visitors. Europe needed a point. Thankfully, Lee Westwood, a European Ryder Cup regular was in the final match with Nicolas Colsaerts. They put a blue point on the board with a last hole win over Tiger and Steve Stricker. Finally some blue. USA took the session 3-1 taking the overall score to 5-3 in favour of the US.
That morning the players warmed-up on the range. Would USA dominate the foursomes again? It was clear from the team selection that Captain Jose wanted to stop the rot with some blue points. He went with Ian Poulter. The European Ryder Cup hero would lead off with Justin Rose hoping to get an early point for his side. They did their job. They sealed a 1up victory over Watson and Simpson. This European point was overshadowed by a crushing 7&6 victory for Team USA in the second match. Davis Love’s men smelled blood. They wanted to put more pressure on their visitors. The crowd were getting more and more hostile and things were becoming tough for the Team Europe.
Wins from Dufner/Z. Johnson and Furyk/Snedeker would seal a second 3-1 session win for the home side. The momentum was firmly in the American camp as the score now at 8-4. Europe were in a bad place. The home side had a chance to set-up a fairly easy Sunday for themselves with another strong afternoon. They wanted to put the hammer down.
Saturday Four Balls
Things were looking bleak for Team Europe. The afternoon session continued on the same theme and yet more American points came in. Team Europe couldn’t stop the red points. Wins from Dustin Johnson/Matt Kuchar then Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson took the score to 10-4. There are 28 total points available in the Ryder Cup. The magic number is 14½. This meant that Team USA, with 14 points still up for grabs, needed 4½.
Thankfully, Europe took the next point. The score was 10-5 to the home team and there was only one match left out on the course. Thankfully, for the visitors, that match included Ian Poulter. One thing Poulter is known for is his passion during the Ryder Cup. He is this generation’s Seve and a Team Europe hero. He and Rory simply had to win their point. They would go all the way to the final hole to win 1-up against Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner. A rare European point. The importance of that point may never be fully appreciated. It was a vital glimmer of hope.
That Ryder Cup Sunday
10-6 going into Sunday isn’t good. There was no other way to look at it, a miracle was needed. A European win form here was surely impossible. As the holders, they only needed to get to 14 points to retain the trophy, but even that seemed like a mammoth task. Europe had a secret weapon. This was the first Ryder Cup that had taken place since the death of Seve Ballesteros in 2011. Seve is a Ryder Cup hero. He was also a close friend of Olazabal. Captain Jose Maria wanted nothing more than to honour his late friend with a win on US soil. He needed the spirit of Seve from his players.
It is hard to imagine the words that must have been said that morning to Olazabal’s team. These times show what leaders are made of. Losing a Ryder Cup is a painful experience for any golfer but this loss would hurt more. The team would have been well aware of the uphill battle that awaited them, but they were ready for the fight. They needed a fast start. Jose had no choice but to ‘front-load’ his team. Europe needed early momentum. Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy were the first three Europeans to the tee. Nothing short of a point from each of them would work.
The Police Get Involved
Rory was nowhere to be seen. As mentioned above, he was out third and by all measures, he was late. Thanks to a mix-up with time zones, Rory was an hour late in leaving for the course that day. Given that Rory usually doesn’t get to the course until about an hour and a half before he tees off, this made things really tight. Things were so tight that Rory needed a police escort to get there on time. His tee time was 11.25 and he was playing against Keegan Bradley. Olazabal later said, “All of a sudden we realised Rory was not here. My heart was beating quicker than expected.” With just ten minutes to spare, Rory rolled into the car park of Medinah in an unmarked police car. As he made his way to the tee, American fans chanted “central time zone” at him.
Luke Donald was first to put some blue on the board with a 2&1 win over Bubba Watson. That was the first test passed. Paul Lawrie was playing incredibly, he won his match second with a 5&3 win over Brandt Snedeker. So far, so good. Game three came in with a win for McIlroy. Just as well for him he brought in the point after putting the captain through the stress of the morning.
All of a sudden the score was 10-9. Momentum was firmly with Europe and the course was eerily quiet. Another European point came in. Ian Poulter took a 2up victory over Webb Simpson. The match was tied. It is often said in sport that if you believe in a cause that goes beyond just yourself then great things happen. There is little doubt that athletes draw on forces greater than themselves in order to do the great things that they do at times. That week, Europe had Seve. Team Europe had emblems of the great man on everything that week. He was on their bags, stitched onto their shirt and truly at the forefront of their minds. There is little doubt that the spirit of Seve helped drive the team back from the brink and into an incredible position.
The 5th point came in from this session, it was America’s of the day. Finally the European onslaught had been stopped, but it was just a short break. The 6th point was for Europe. Who could ever forget the putt that Justin Rose rolled in on the 17th to level the match? That set him up to take the match on the final hole and keep the comeback alive.
The Miracle at Medinah
The match was now 11-11. Things were getting tense. Neither team could believe the position that the match was in. Europe were still flying but at least the Americans had steadied the ship. The rest of the games out on the course were tight so it was really on a knife-edge.
The 7th point went to the US after a win from Zach Johnson over Graeme McDowell. Europe quickly followed that up with two points and were, unbelievably, in the lead. Olazabal’s team now needed just one point to retain the Ryder Cup. This was a situation that wasn’t supposed to be possible.
After Jason Dufner beat Peter Hanson on the last hole, the match was tied again. Two matches remained on the course, only two more points. Those last two matches both ended up on the 18th hole at the same time. Kaymer and Stricker were on the green, Molinari and Woods were on the fairway, Tiger was 1-up. Medinah was silent. Stricker made his par and forced Kaymer to make a 5-foot putt to win the match and that all important 14th point. The German had only played once that week so far, this was proper pressure.
He rolled the putt in! Europe had retained the Ryder Cup!
They could still win it though, if Molinari could win the last hole and get a half point, Europe would win it rather than just retain it. He did it. Europe had comeback from the dead to win the Ryder Cup and the Miracle at Medinah was complete! Then came the emotion. The players were delighted. This was a different kind of Ryder Cup celebration, this was one mixed with disbelief and emotion. Jose Maria Olazbal was in tears. He had managed to drive his team to victory and honour his best friend. He would later go on to say that it was the greatest day of his life and who could blame him. This was as special as sport gets.
The Ryder Cup is team golf at its finest. The 2012 Ryder Cup was a historical and emotional one. These are three days that will live forever in the golf history books and deservedly so. What that European team did on that Sunday was a sporting miracle. They did the impossible.
Travelling around the world—doesn’t it sound like a dream job for anyone of us? This is a dream in the hearts of every one of us, and Jagroop Bhullar has made this dream come true by becoming an extremely successful travel blogger.
His obsession for travelling has made him follow his dream, leaving everything behind and finding success through his blogs. He not only travels, but captures the minute and never-mentioned-before things of every place he visits and explains the same in a manner that every reader feels like being at the place.
At such a young age, he has already travelled to more than 20 countries and shared some extremely interesting things about these places.
“Travelling the world was a dream of mine ever since my childhood. I loved to tell my family members about the places I used to go as a child. My parents always said that I used to explain every situation to them in a way that they felt that they were actually watching everything happening and that gave me a lot of confidence to pursue my dream,” said Bhullar.
“I cultivated an interest in writing through my personal diary. It was personal, but the content in it was never personal, as I used to explain every situation to my near and dear ones. But that gave me an idea later in life that I could start travelling and writing about it so that others could know the interesting things about the places they want to or are planning to visit,” he added.
This started his journey as a travel blogger and he now has become a force to reckon with in this field. The countries he has travelled to so far include France, Germany, Russian, United Kingdom, United States and many more.
His personal favourite is Venice, a city in Italy, which gave him a sense of ultimate peace and pleasure. “I have travelled to many cities and even remote areas. But I personally found Venice so peaceful and attractive that I wanted to prolong my stay there. Believe me or not, but India itself is the most beautiful country in this world, where you can experience various types of climates at the same time of the year. I will never leave this country but want to travel as much as I can so that I can explore the most hidden dimensions of this world,” he stated.
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STOCKHOLM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ADARA, the leader in predictive traveller intelligence, today announces its expansion into the Nordic market for the first time, with the appointment of Jonas Jonsborg as Regional Manager, Nordics ADARA. In addition to the hire, ADARA also announces new recent data partnerships with Momondo, HotelsCombined and Cheapflights, which will further bolster its presence in Europe and support brands in the region.
Comprising over 850 million monthly unique traveller profiles across more than 200 leading travel brands, ADARA’s travel data co-op offers a holistic view of traveller behaviour and preferences along the entire customer journey. Since expanding into the region in 2013, ADARA has established a strong presence in Europe with the appointment of Curtis Nishijima as Managing Director, EMEA in 2018 and with key hires in the UK, Germany, France and Spain. ADARA has also seen an increase in its EMEA data profiles of 38% year on year, furthering bolstering their data presence in the region.
Building on the success in these markets, ADARA is now strengthening its presence in the Nordics, one of the fastest-growing travel markets in EMEA. Tourism in the Nordics has seen a significant rise in recent years; since 2014 the region had an annual growth of 6% – 8.5% in the number of hotel nights. The expansion seeks to enable travel brands and agencies to tap into the increased demand by tourists to and from the Nordic region by offering holistic data insights that can be used to create personalised marketing campaigns based on the complete view of the traveller.
The depth and applicability of ADARA’s data go beyond the travel and tourism industries. Other sectors in the Nordics such as luxury retail, financial services and automotive can also take advantage of ADARA’s understanding of traveller purchase behaviour and ADARA can provide these brands with solutions that improve marketing performance and help achieve deeper personalisation using actionable data.
In his new role, Jonas will spearhead ADARA’s expansion into the Nordic markets, drawing on his extensive understanding and experience in data and advertising technology. Jonas has previously held executive positions at Adform, Microsoft, Meetrics and Audience Project.
Jonas Jonsborg, Regional Manager at ADARA Nordics said: “The Nordic market is experiencing a huge gap, one that can only be filled by ADARA. The breadth and depth of the data is unparalleled, and will be invaluable to Nordic partners. I look forward to leveraging my experience in the Nordics and strong belief in ADARA’s value proposition to grow the business and establish new data partners in the region.”
Curtis Nishijima, Managing Director, EMEA said “Jonas has an exceptional range of skills that make him the perfect person to spearhead our Nordic expansion. He has a strong knowledge of the region and a deep understanding of our industry.
Momondo is a travel fare aggregator and travel fare metasearch engine headquartered in Copenhagen. Momondo also operates a travel information blog, Inspiration. The website is part of the Kayak.com subsidiary of Booking Holdings.
HotelsCombined, a unit of Booking Holdings, is a hotel metasearch engine founded in 2005. The site operates in over 42 languages, handles 130 different currencies and aggregates more than 2 million deals from hundreds of travel sites and hotel chains.
Cheapflights is a travel fare aggregator and travel fare metasearch engine headquartered in London, UK. The website is part of the Kayak.com subsidiary of Booking Holdings. Its websites publish flight prices, and compare prices from suppliers, including major airlines, through tiny travel agents.
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Global travel authority Lonely Planet has unveiled its top 10 countries, cities, regions and best-value destinations for next year with the release of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020.
Best in Travel 2020 is Lonely Planet’s 15th annual collection of the world’s hottest destinations and journeys for the year ahead. This edition places particular emphasis on the best sustainable travel experiences for 2020 — ensuring travelers will have a positive impact wherever they choose to go.
Bhutan — the kingdom set to become the first fully organic nation by 2020 — claims the coveted spot as the number-one country to visit in 2020, while England places second and North Macedonia takes third.
Lonely Planet’s number-one region for 2020 is the Central Asian Silk Road, which is now more accessible than ever before, thanks to visa improvements for the majority of the world’s citizens, along with massive transportation and infrastructure investment. Le Marche, Italy comes in second, followed by Tōhoku, Japan.
Number-one city Salzburg, Austria will be pulling out all the stops for the centenary of its world-famous festival of music and drama next year, while Washington, DC, USA is second-ranked, with Cairo, Egypt in third place.
Elsewhere, Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara, Hungary’s Budapest and India’s Madhya Pradesh are Lonely Planet’s top three best-value destinations for 2020. Buffalo, New York comes in fourth on this list.
Each year, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel lists start with nominations from Lonely Planet’s vast community of staff, writers, bloggers, publishing partners and more. The nominations are then whittled down by our panel of travel experts to just 10 countries, 10 regions, 10 cities and 10 best value destinations. Each is chosen for its topicality, unique experiences and ‘wow’ factor.
For Best in Travel 2020, Lonely Planet’s experts have also selected the best New Openings, New Places to Stay, New Food Experiences, and Sustainable Trips for Families, as well as devoting an entire chapter to the best ways to Travel Well.
Here’s the list:
Top 10 Countries
3 North Macedonia
6. Costa Rica
7. The Netherlands
Top 10 Regions
1. Central Asian Silk Road
2. Le Marche, Italy
3. Tōhoku, Japan
4. Maine, USA
5. Lord Howe Island, Australia
6. Guizhou Province, China
7. Cadiz Province, Spain
8. Northeast Argentina
9. Kvarner Gulf, Croatia
10. Brazilian Amazon
Top 10 Cities
1. Salzburg, Austria
2. Washington, DC, USA
3. Cairo, Egypt
4. Galway, Ireland
5. Bonn, Germany
6. La Paz, Bolivia
7. Kochi, India
8. Vancouver, Canada
9. Dubai, UAE
10. Denver, USA
Top 10 Best Value
1. East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
2. Budapest, Hungary
3. Madhya Pradesh, India
4. Buffalo, USA
8. Cape Winelands, South Africa
9. Athens, Greece
10. Zanzibar, Tanzania
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Taking Action on the Road
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Amanda Nawfal, Lebanon-based travel blogger and social media influencer, has been attracting people on social media by creating interesting travel content. The ‘beauty with brain’ is a complete fashionista who also loves to travel, and it is evident from her Instagram feed. The beauty expert interacts with her followers on her social media accounts and shares the beauty hacks, as well as updates from her traveling experiences.
It’s a big world, and even the most motivated travelers out there will definitely miss out on some of the most beautiful sights. Fortunately, travel influencers like Amanda Nawfal are eager to share their exotic adventures with their Instagram followers. Amanda Nawfal’s travel content offers a glimpse into some of the most dazzling destinations around the world. Her fans can’t help but like the travel contents she shares of her adventures around the globe.
The beauty consultant who also loves to travel around the world in order to explore different places that she loves the most shares breathtaking, colorful pictures full of life with her followers. Amanda enjoys huge popularity on social media and she has over 120k followers on Instagram. She regularly posts about different beauty hacks and her travel stories in order to update her followers. Wherever she goes, there is always an image that brings out the vibrancy of her surroundings to thrill her fans.
While she is traveling across the world, Amanda shares several shoots, attends launch events, and does hotel reviews, which she shares with her fans on social media platforms. If you’re an ambitious traveler, Amanda Nawfal is a force to reckon with as her traveling content will bring you new destinations ideas that will give you a fulfilling experience.
Their latest trip saw them visit Malta for a few days and while their content is trickling in slowly, we’ve still managed to spot them at a few stops down the rainbow road…
Since the start of their blog in 2013, the boys have seen exponential growth, particularly among the LGBT+ community.
Offering an easy to understand gay destination guide covering unique romantic spots, culinary and outdoor adventures, Stef and Seb create engaging and aesthetic content designed to inspire their audience to travel to places beyond the pink comfort zone.
The boys clearly enjoyed Manoel Island, as they took their drone over to the outskirts for a view of Maltas ports from above.
The Greek/French thirst-trap of a couple even stopped by newly launched Brunch Bunch for their launch at the Two Buoys in St Julian’s.
And though they may not have won Coco Bordell’s Drag Bingo prize, they have won the heart of one Undine LaVerve.
The Nomadic Boys are still curating their brilliant Maltese content, so keep and eye peeled on their feeds if you’re interested in finding out all about the best gay-friendly spots around the island.
What we do know for now is that they really enjoyed The Silent City, our old capital, Mdina.
Add that to Manoel Island, Valletta’s walls and innercity streets with a spot of brunch and you’ve just listed the perfect itinerary for my kind of holiday.
If you’re interested in checking out Brunch Bunch’s five courses of fun for yourself, have a look at December’s menu:
Or check out the event page here. Brunch Bunch is the brainchild of Lollipop’s own Kris Micallef, so you know it’s going to be great.
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EF Ultimate Break (EFUB), said to be a leader in immersive and social, travel experiences for anyone 18-29, just announced its biggest Black Friday travel deals.
This is what they say:
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The sale will include Doorbuster Deals of up to $1,500 or 20% off select destinations known to top young people’s bucket lists—like the Greek Islands, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Thailand, Japan, Costa Rica and more. Ultimate Break will also launch new or updated itineraries during the Black Friday promotion to exciting locales like India, Bali, Turkey, and Iceland.
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From elegant fine dining to delicious street food, Singapore is a dream destination for foodies. A true multicultural melting pot where East meets West and Asian cultures combine, you’ll find a vast array of cuisines to sample during a layover.
There’s only so much aeroplane food one person can handle. Luckily, if you break up your long-haul journey with a few days in Singapore, you’ll have the chance to taste some seriously epic food.
So where and what should you eat? We’ve got a few ideas…
10 places to eat during a Singapore stopover
Whether you prefer cheap on-the-go eats from street food stalls, leisurely meals at fine dining restaurants, or western favourites, you definitely won’t go hungry in the Lion City
Scaled by Ah Hua Kelong
The farm-to-table concept is alive and swimming at this restaurant. The exceptionally fresh seafood is sourced from local kelongs – offshore fishing platforms – and farms in Singapore’s waters. The restaurant is cosy, squeezed into a shophouse above Bar Stories. Pro tip: you can order cocktails from downstairs for the perfect drink pairing.
Classic Singapore street food gets a high-end makeover at this Michelin star restaurant, which celebrates local ingredients and flavours. Tasting menus are available at lunch and dinner, with each menu showing the chef’s unique spin on hawker market favourites.
Candlenut is the first Peranakan restaurant in the world to earn a Michelin star. Chef Malcolm Lee’s menu is packed with modern versions of Straits-Chinese classics, based on traditional recipes from his family and childhood. Innovative yet traditional, it’s an ideal introduction to flavoursome Baba-Nyonya cuisine.
Open Farm Community
Locovore cuisine is the order of the day at this restaurant which has its own kitchen garden. Passionate about sustainability, whatever they can’t grow they source from Singapore farmers. Healthy brunches and Mediterranean style food are the star of the menu, so fussy eaters will find something to enjoy. There’s also a sand-pit, lawn games and cheeky chickens to keep mini jet-setters entertained.
Open Farm Community is located in Demspey, a charming and rustic precinct replete with greenery and hipster cafes and restaurants, just minutes away from Orchard Road.
The Coconut Club
If you’re looking for a heaping plate of nasi lemak followed by a refreshing bowl
of cendol, this is the place to go.
The owners are passionate about these typical Singapore dishes and only use the
best coconuts to make them. Crispy chicken, home-made sambal and perfectly fluffy rice have cemented this trendy joint’s
reputation as the place to go for comfort food.
Violet Oon Singapore at Jewel
Celebrity chef Violent Oon’s opulent restaurant in Jewel Changi Airport shows off the best of Singapore cuisine. Each dish on her diverse menu is inspired by the likes of Peranakan, Malaysian and even colonial English influences. For a truly eclectic experience, visit the restaurant for a quintessential Singaporean high tea.
Kok Sen Restaurant
For three generations, the Wong family has been serving
their Chinese home-cooking to hungry Singaporeans. As well as impressing locals,
they’ve also earned themselves a spot on the Michelin Bib Gourmand list. There’s
always a queue, so arrive bright and early if you want to sample the rich
broths, stir fries and clay pot stews.
Newton Food Centre
Newton Circus replaced the iconic open-air Glutton Square, and a few of the
original stalls still stand. Hup Kee
Fried Oyster Omelette is one of them, serving some of the best oyster
omelettes in the city, while Bee Heng
is the place to go for popiah (like a crispy crepe) and satay chicken sticks.
Newton Circus is most famous for its barbecued seafood – 30 of the 80 stalls
specialise in it, so be sure to try some.
Makansutra Glutton’s Bay
Marina Bay is the backdrop for this perfectly curated hawker market. Each of the stalls at this open air food centre is hand-picked by the Makansutra Food Guide, a well-known local food guide. With space for up to 500 diners at the outdoor tables, it’s the perfect place to sample Singapore street food while soaking up the sights of the sparkling skyscrapers.
Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique
If the thought of freshly churned gelato has your mouth
watering, wait until you try the unique flavours at this ice cream parlour.
Inspired by Singapore’s lush natural scenery, you can expect exotic scoops like
lychee and raspberry, white chrysanthemum and pandan. You can even have it
served on a crispy thyme cone for added herbaceousness.
5 local dishes you must try in Singapore
The best part of visiting a new country is trying the food. Singapore
has a one-of-a-kind cuisine which combines flavours from China, Indonesia,
India and Malaysia – with a touch of Britain mixed in for good measure. While
you’re in Singapore, look out for these iconic dishes.
Hainanese chicken rice
This dish is a real Singapore staple. Originally created by immigrants from China’s Hainan province, it’s a simple plate of poached chicken and rice cooked in the broth. Ginger, garlic and pandan leaf give it its fragrant flavour. It’s served with poached cucumber, chilli sauce, a mix of soy sauce and sesame oil for dipping.
If you’re into seafood, you’ll love Singapore’s national crab dish. Served in the shell, the tender stir-fried meat is drenched in a zingy tomato-based sauce flavoured with chilli and thickened with egg. It’s not too spicy, so don’t let the name put you off.
Fried carrot cake
Don’t worry – we’re not popping dessert in the deep fat fryer. This Singaporean special, chai tow kway, is strictly savoury. It’s made from white radish and rice flour with no cream cheese frosting in sight. It’s steamed, cubed and fried up with garlic, eggs and preserved radish. Try the ‘black’ version – fried with sweet soy sauce. Delicious.
Fish head curry
A combination of fragrant Indian spices and the Chinese fish
head delicacy, this unique curry sums up Singapore perfectly. Every restaurant
has its own version, but all feature a fleshy red snapper head floating among
the vegetables and thick sauce. Get in there early and grab the cheeks –
they’re the best bit.
Start the day like a true Singaporean with the local take on toast and jam. Two slices of toast are sandwiched together with kaya – a custardy coconut jam. It’s usually served with a couple of soft-boiled eggs and a steaming cup of coffee.