Singapore – III – Chinatown

Chinatown is sort of an unofficial cultural centre of Singapore. Or at least that’s what they say…

Čínataun je neoficialne povazovan za kulturni epicentrum Singapóru. Realita je ale zcela opacna…



Chinatown is located in the central business district and so you get the maximum contrast you can get – skyscrapers everywhere, black suits everywhere and in the middle of this glass-concrete madness is the small “village” of original buildings and few traditional temples etc.

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Most of the popular streets were decorated with the ultra-traditional lampion as a celebration of 50 years of Singapore.

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Chinatown is quite simply all about the food. You can try something fried, deep fried or quite simply stir-fried 🙂 You can also try the very famous and traditional carrot cake which doesn’t have any freakin’ carrot in it as we have personally discovered (and it’s not sweet).

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One thing we didn’t try was the dried sea cucumber – as you can see the prices are beyond this galaxy. We have heard that it’s a delicate. Maybe next time mr. Cucumber! Or maybe we will just try dry it ourselves when we see it on the beach 🙂

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In the end Chinatown showed us some nice architecture, a lot of crazy freaky things (especially in a lot of traditional chinese medicine shops) and we refused to eat in over-priced tourist food court.
Chinatown = worth a visit but we liked Little India a lot more – it stays true to its origins and it is not so much affected by tourism.

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Čínataun je umisten zcela strategicky uprostred obchodni ctvrti – velikostne je to neco mezi malou ctvrti a shlukem budov. Pointa je ovsem v tom, ze se jedna o tradicni a puvodni sotva dvou-patrove baracky, ktere sou obklopeny nekolika set metru vysokymi mrakodrapy. S nadhledem by se dalo mluvit o celkem slusnem kontrastu ze…

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Ulice byly hezky nazdobeny lampiony a clovek opravdu nasaval tu puvodni atmosferu. Tedy presne do momentu nez vlezl do turistickych ulicek 🙁

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Zatimco sme cekali opravdu typickou jidelni trznici ci cokoliv tomu podobnemu tak sme dostali zmodernizovanou ulicku, ktera je zamerena zcela na jedno – dat vam ilúzi tradice a hlavne vas obrat o prachy. V celem Singapóru je nespocet poulicnich jidelen, kde se vam dostane mnohem plnohodnotnejsiho zazitku tak u Číňana tomu tak neni. Tady se jede na papírky. A taky na smažení. Mesto je vyhlasene svoji kuchyni, ale pochybuju, ze kdekoliv ve svete je vetsi spotreba oleje na smazeni. Hejbe se to? Osmaz to! Roste to? Osmaz to! Uz si to uvaril? Osmaz to pro jistotu! Je to proste smazba! Jestli mate radi tezkej zaludek, tucnou rtenku a prazdnou penezenku tak nevahejte a upalujte do Singapóru a primo do Čínataunu 🙂

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Pokud byste se chteli z techto knedlicku realisticky najist tak zkuste protiobchod – dejte jim treba jednu ledvinu. Jinak se nedoplatite… A myslete na to, ze tu ledvinu urco osmazej a prodaj dalsimu stravnikovi:)

Pomyslna tresnicka na dortíčku jsou bezesporu obchody s tradicni cinskou medicinou, kde si muzete za astronomicke penize koupit nejake bylinky, kterymi zmirnite nasledky vasi vcerejsi smazby. Kuprikladu zde prodavaji susene morske vokurky nebo spise klobásy. Tyto veci sme v zive podobe videli v mori u plazi v Australii. Tusim, ze v cestine se jim tak jako od boku rika i morske lejno.

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Takze Singapórec vezme tuto klobásu, ususi ji, proda ji za 200$ za kilo aby ji zakaznik mohl nasledne znovu namocit do vody a snist. Radej toho nechme, cloveku by se mohla zacit tocit hlava a mel by chut si jit dat treba smazene kafe ci tak neco..

Pokud se nekdy podivate do Singapóru tak urcite zamirte do Male Indie a Čínataunu se klidne vyhnete, protoze autenticky zazitek ziskate jinde. Ahoj priste !

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