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Mustafa Trip… (Part 1)
October 30th, 2009 by niceyfemme

Date: 22 Oct 2009
Location: Mustafa in Little India, Singapore

Severe Food Cravings?

Yes, that’s the reason I gave myself for going to Mustafa yesterday… I had this irresistible urge to go there to buy some things, so I did. (Please see previous post.)

Edit: This entry is supposed to be published last week 23 Oct but because of the internet problem, can only do now.

I’ve been there before. Bought some chocolates and sweets (candies) but one product that struck us was that Malunggay is available there. It’s not available anywhere else. So went back to buy. I found it.

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But when I looked for Dahon ng Sili (Chili Leaves) the Indian woman gave me a funny look and repeatedly repeated what I ask her. “Chili leaves ha? Leaves of chili?”, she asked. I was like, “Yes, chili leaves.”, with a lot of nodding. Apparently, she found it funny because they don’t use it there. I’ve seen many types of leaves used in Indian cooking but no chili leaves. Ok no problem, I could still use the Malunggay as substitute in my Tinola.

See, my happy place is the grocery area. I love supermarkets. I could stay there for hours and hours until my feet finally give up on me and beg me to sit down. When I was still in college, my best friend and I during our long breaks would go to SM Dasma to go roaming around in the supermarket. We love it there. I remember, we were there for the grand opening and we were kind of broke then, worse thing is we were hungry. There were lots of free taste offering and let me just put it this way, we went out of the mall feeling full! Hahahah! Yeah, happy place.

Going back, even after I have found the one thing I came there for, I still stayed to roam around and check every little product they have there. A supermarket is like a world of wonder hehehe….

Some of the things I’ve found interesting…..

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What we Filipinos call Atis. This is imported from Thailand? This variety is just bigger than ours. I actually have seen bigger ones in Bugis.

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Some ready made food…. I really thought hard and long if I’d buy this….

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Drumsticks, seasoned Indian style.

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Some mixes, I bought Satay mix…

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and Rendang mix too… I’ve always been intrigued so I’ll try cooking this myself….

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The pile of Malunggay leaves. Imported from Malaysia I believe.

And guess what I’ve found?!!!!

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Bagoong! SGD 3.00 lang!

SALE, SALE, SALE

As usual so many items on sale. Aside from the chocolates that’s on sale all year round, there’s perfume sale too. Good thing I’m not a musky perfume person because I’d be in big trouble as the stocks on sale are popular brands Filipinos love. (It’s a different issue if Bath and Body works lotion and spray colognes(?) are on sale, yey!)

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Or is it? I checked the prices, most are regular priced, except for chocolates, perfumes etc…. For me, it’s still worth it, going here… Just the wide array of choices made me drool….

Paid for the chosen stuff after a good two hours of roaming there…

Hungry….

Mustafa in Little India is known for good Indian food….

Though I have to admit, I’m not a very big fan of this cuisine or any really spicy food in general.

Why?

I believe I was burnt.

When I was new in Singapore, in one of work’s lunch breaks in Newton, we tried a food court and I chose dishes that looked kind of familiar, looked like Pinoy dishes, there was one that looked like Sarciadong Isda. Turned out everything I chose would make me cry, it was that spicy. Of course I can’t eat it. Also expensive so I felt I wasted money so for almost two years I didn’t have any interest with Indian and Malay cuisine, until now.

For some reason, I wanted to eat Indian food. So looked and looked I did.

There was a lot of stalls(?) lining the streets there, you’ll be confused which to choose, like how confused I was.

How to know which is good? Either ask around (which I do not want to do) or follow you’re instincts hehehhe….

So I jalan jalan…..

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See? So many…..

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I found a fast food/ food court style one with aircon, very tempting as it was very hot and humid that day, but I thought it’s unlikely I’d find authentic indian food there.

Birdie!

While browsing this black bird surprised me! Flew in front of my face then landed to this sack of rice…

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There’s a lot of these birds in Singapore and they scare me, I totally forgot my tummy was making a lot of noises begging me to eat….

Finally!

I found one stall.

But will post that next time.

I’ll sum the food experience up in one word.

YUMMY.

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