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February 20, 2009

The Exclusive Smoking Area

Food / Singapore

Someone asked, “Is smoking in public really banned in Singapore? Is there any place you can smoke cigarette in Singapore?”

Smoking is not banned like chewing gum on this island, though there are restricted places for smokers to puff in public areas. See, here is a smoking area, though quite “sad” to see such a small pathetic yellow box for our smoker-friends. :P Anyway, it’s very expensive to buy a packet of cigarettes in Singapore. A box of 10 sticks cost more than S$10. Any idea?

But that’s what I like about Singapore! Air gets “cleaner” nowadays with more smoke-free zones. By reading the list of smoke-free areas below, you know where you can’t smoke now. I really hate inconsiderate people who just can’t wait to smoke during the 1-min of their lifetime while taking the lift. I stay on the 12th floor and the whole lift really stinks after the smoker leaves and we have to hold our breath all the way up!

Smoking area? Non-smoking area? It really irritates me when people smoke right next to me while I am enjoying the food in cafes and food centres. Hey! Are you the one?

Ok! Enough rantings for now. Do you like frog legs? To some, it’s taboo food. When I was a young kid, one day, I was in a Chinese restaurant in Mersing-Malaysia, by chance I wandered into the restaurant kitchen and saw the chef removing the skin of a frog that was still kicking. Gosh, from that day onwards, I didn’t want to eat frog legs, even though it’s a popular delicacy in Singapore.

Now, I love frog legs cooked in this kind of Cantonese style – stir fried “Gongbao” (or Kung Po) frog legs together with spring onions and dried chillies, and eat this tasty dish together with porridge. Actually, frog legs do not have any distinctive taste, but they do have texture like chicken wings, in fact, are more tender than chicken.

I usually don’t eat beef but I like this beef horfun. Look at the horfun and lot of gravy! You can find this famous beef horfun and the claypot frog legs at Geylang Lor 9 (Singapore!). However, it can be a problem looking for a parking lot during dinner time, especially during weekends. Anyway, that area is a red-light district.

Well, this is somebody’s car. Just wondering how it could be that those hanging toys are not blocking the driver’s view. @_@

19 Comments Leave your comment

  • Zara said on February 20, 2009 7:12 am

    I hate smokers. Cant stand with the smoke..=(

    BTW, the food looked damn delicious!

  • Borneo Falcon said on February 20, 2009 9:09 am

    I hope Malaysia fully enforce the no smoking area in public area.

    Geylang food is nice. I stayed in Darlene Hotel (I think near lane 9 also) many years ago. By the way, I not looking for prostitute that time. He…He…. I stayed there because my friend work there.

  • Beijinger said on February 20, 2009 10:37 am

    Are those foods halal foods? I heard Malaysia is islamic country so I do not thing it is tough to find halal foods.

  • eunice said on February 20, 2009 11:34 am

    @Zara: same here!

    @Borneo Falcon: Ya, really can’t stand those inconsiderate smokers who puff like everyone-gonna-like-it in shopping complexes, coffee shops while you are eating, retail shops in Malaysia. Really spoil the nice food!!!

    @Beijinger: Hey! Those food pics here are from Singapore. Anyway, in both Singapore and Malaysia, it’s easy to find Halal food. Even some non-muslim hawkers get Halal certification to sell Halal food.

  • claire said on February 20, 2009 11:35 pm

    hi eunice..the frog legs and porridge reminded me of IPOH Garden South..i posted them too in my earlier posts… very nice frog legs.. i love eating that…

  • leafless said on February 21, 2009 3:57 am

    At my house, we have all sort of animals for food–frog, bird, snake, monkey (just kidding!). ;)

  • HalfCrazy said on February 22, 2009 10:22 pm

    LOL No way! Just a small pathetic yellow place to smoke? Oh well, I’m not a smoker, I’m not affected lol! What’s so nice about Singapore is every nook and cranny seems clean and it’s really great they have this small area and the cigarettes cost more! Now that is a great idea to minimize smokers.

    I can’t stomach those frogs even if they’re good. They’re just frogs! They hide under the Earth and ugh.

    Very informative blog! Much Love,

  • eunice said on February 23, 2009 10:31 am

    @claire: I used to frequent that lok lok food cart at Ipoh Garden South, didn’t know there is nice frog legs too.

    @leafless: haha! I dare you eat monkey!! LOL!

    @halfcrazy: Yeah, it’s true that we don’t always smell cigarette smoke on the street nowadays. Air is getting “cleaner”! LOL! Er… I only eat frog legs cooked in Gongbao style, cos the sauce is very dark so you can’t see the veins, little frog bones, else, I also find it “urgh”!

  • Mark H said on February 23, 2009 5:31 pm

    I’ve had French Frogs Legs and really enjoy them.

  • eunice said on February 23, 2009 6:17 pm

    @Mark H: Never try French legs before. Must be an expensive cuisine.

  • mrchoy said on February 25, 2009 8:43 am

    So long never eat frog legs, but I tasted b4, it was great with the sauce on. :)

  • Jobette said on February 26, 2009 7:40 am

    This is what i like in Singapore. Law is law and must be follow.
    In Philippines, there is also designated places for smoking but you can smoke anywhere. Policeman did not care to bother you.

    Do you smoke? Not good for your beauty.

    Would accept exchange link with my blog?

  • Cecil Lee said on February 27, 2009 11:56 pm

    Interesting to see those small yellow box smoking area! It would be funny if the box is full of smokers inside! :) I’m a social smoker. I enjoy smoking when clubbing, on vacation or relaxing at my home balcony. However, I don’t smoke in front of non-smoker and those non-smoking areas…. hope it’s ok :)

    About frog-leg, I love steam frog leg with BRAND’s chicken essence! My favorite dish which could be found in Gombak or Bukit Tinggi!

  • eunice said on February 28, 2009 1:52 am

    @mrchoy: hmm.. maybe I should go eat this kung po frog legs again.

    @Cecil: LOL!! Actually I saw a smoker standing there smoking, but need to hide myself to snap him so didn’t do that LOL!!

    Chicken essence frog legs? Think I heard before.. but I am not a fan of chicken essence, but it’s good.

  • Mark H said on March 11, 2009 4:11 am

    Australia is also making smoking more and more difficult for those who indulge. The idea of a small square does make me laugh however.

  • eunice said on March 11, 2009 3:43 pm

    @Mark: LOL! same here

  • eunice said on March 11, 2009 3:46 pm

    perhaps those who still think smoking is cool may change their mind after looking at the small yellow smoking box. LOL :P

  • Loft Designer said on March 15, 2009 3:36 am

    Oh, the food looks so delicious. In NYC, smoking in any bar/restaurant is strictly prohibited.

  • Kikiny said on December 4, 2012 11:18 am

    I love the pictures, so great!!! would you mind telling me where you took the first one ?

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