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Makansutra Singapore 2011: The Frank & No Frills guide to street food in Singapore Paperback – August 2, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: BCH Fulfillment & Distribution (August 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9810816901
  • ISBN-13: 978-9810816902
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,009,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jackal on October 27, 2009
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I originally reviewed this guide with five stars in 2009. I am much less happy about the guide now, because it has basically not improved during the last six years. Currently, I would say that the best street food advice comes from blogs (eg ieatishootipost). The key problem with the guide is that it is organised around food category. That is pretty ridiculous because the country is not that small. It would have been much better to organise based on location: "So I'm at Tanglin Halt food court, what are the recommended placed here?" Right now you need to wade through the whole list to find the good places you are close to.

I love Asian street food, but the problem in Singapore is that all food is imported. So you will not find the really tasty stuff. The kind of food that is cheap because it is sourced locally, not because it is of poor quality. Sadly, in Singapore, the price of hawker centre food hasn't followed inflation. This means that the hawkers (understandably) do everything to cut cost. This really reduces the quality of the food. So I cannot understand the people that are lyrical about Singapore street food any more. This guides fall into this trap, basically by listing far too many places. The rating system should also be updated so it takes the price of the food into account. I'm not going to go out of my way just to find a S$4 dish on the other side of the island. It might be great food given a S$4 budget, but people so constrained with money probably wouldn't buy this guide in the first place.

For tourists this guide has one useful section and that is the description of the various kinds of hawker centre food available in Singapore. If you are a foodie and want to understand more, this could be one benefit with the current book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Sampson on April 8, 2009
Fantastic and quintessential guide to all that is fit to eat in the streets and restaurants in Singapore. A must have to plan your eats in advance.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By a reader on February 23, 2010
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Although this book is chock full of information on the food of Singapore it is not organized to be used effectively while visiting as a tourist. It is not cross referenced by specific enough location. It at least needs a cross reference by hawker center.
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This guide took you right to the best of everything. There are so many hawkers in Singapore, and they are so specialized, it's hard to know who is the best, unless you wait around till peak times and look for the lines. This book not only is guide to the stalls, but an excellent guide to the cuisine of Singapore
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Bercutt on June 2, 2010
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I neglected to buy this in Singapore. Quite please that it was available for a somewhat higher price on Amazon. Excellent guide to Singapore street food. I use it quite often.
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