21 April 2012 – Live to Eat…
Lau Pa Sat (Chinese for old market) formally a fish market named Telok Ayer Market (telok and ayer Malay for bay and water) located on the waterfront designed by SIN first architect GD Coleman. In 1894 this original octagonal building was replaced by a cast iron building keeping to the octagon shape designed by James MacRitchie.
Located in the heart of the business district, it was converted into a food centre in 1973. 1980s was dismantled during the construction of an MRT line and then reassembled.
Today one can find just about all kinds of food and a good place to introduce the local food scene to tourists. Boon Tat St is closed to traffic in the evenings and is transformed to the Satay Club with various satay stalls to choose from. Live music can be heard from the raised platform in the middle of the market. Lau Pa Sat pix credits to various sites.
Blanco Court Prawn Mee**** is one of the best prawn noodles in SIN. The broth is the whole essence to this dish and the main ingredients are pork bones and prawn heads cooked for many hours for this soup. This stall used to be@Blanco Court, now Raffles Hospital. Thus Blanco Court Prawn Mee is actually located on Beach Rd!
In the same area is the heart of the Arab culture with Arab St and Haji Lane. On this tiny red dot, one can enjoy the diverse ethnic food and culture even when it is just located on one or two streets. These are the diversities and charms of SIN.
Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today – Jinato Hu