Lau Pa Sat


Sorry for not posting lately, I’ve been busy with school. I did try to write some reports, but most of the time interrupted with my assignments. In the end, I was already bored or forgot the details of the event so I just discard them. Here’s an article on culinary spot. I’ll try to keep it short.

It was Saturday afternoon, and I’ve been in my campus’ lab for few hours, and expected to spend few more hours there. Not wanting to stay with the computer to spend the weekend night, I contacted some friends from Indonesia, asking them to give Lau Pa Sat a try for its infamous satay for dinner (some, including me, have had dinner there before, anyway). For those who don’t know, Lau Pa Sat is a Victorian style medium-class hawker center in the Singapore CBD area. What makes it interesting, other than live bands on weekends, is the Boon Tat street next to it . After sunset, this road is closed for vehicles and turned into a satay food stalls area. There are about ten satay stalls, in which I personally don’t really know the different other than they are identified with different integer numbers.

I’ve managed to invite 4 friends, and we were to meet at 7 PM.

When the clock showed 5 PM, I saved my work and quickly took bus to the MRT (train) station. Since I have plenty of time, I decided to go to City Hall first, to find some supplements my dad asked me to look for. Even after that, I still have almost one hour before 7. So I decided to buy an ice green tea at nearby JCo outlet to let me sit there for few minutes.

About 15 minutes to 7, Handy called and said he’s already in Raffles Place MRT station (the nearest station to Lau Pa Sat) so I went there and met him. It was his first time to Lau Pa Sat, so he asked me “is the satay good?”. I’ve gone here and eat the satay for several times, but as far as I remember the taste is more or less standard. Even not much different than the satay I ate the day before at a small hawker near my place. So I explained to him that it might be the ambient that makes this place famous.

While waiting the others to come, we ordered a “fried fritter” from a nearby seafood stall. It was the name that tickled us to order. As far as I know, neither “fried” nor “fritter” is a seafood. Only when we ask to the seller, we knew it was squid covered with fritters then deep fried.

After the others came, we started to order the satays and eat. Yet after eating them, I felt a bit disappointed. The satays were smaller and too sweet compared to the ones I bought in Commonwealth. And it’s also $0.10/stick more expensive, too. So that supports my theory that it’s only the ambient that makes this place popular. Moreover, when we finished eating, the live band started to play with some good music. So that where the $0.10 goes to.

Take Exit I from Raffles Place MRT station to go to Lau Pa Sat.

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