[TAIWAN TRAVELS] Exploring Shenkeng 深坑區 Old Street- A Stinky Tofu Adventure in Taipei | Taiwan

Shenkeng Old Street nestled within the district of New Taipei City is renowned as the heart of stinky tofu culture in Taiwan. With its quaint heritage buildings and tantalizing aromas wafting through the air, this historic street offers visitors a taste of traditional Taiwanese cuisine amidst a backdrop of folklore and charm.

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Shenkeng, aptly named for its once-active coal mines, has evolved into the tofu capital of Taiwan, drawing food enthusiasts from far and wide to indulge in its most infamous delicacy: stinky tofu. Made by fermenting tofu in brine and spices, this aromatic dish elicits a range of reactions, from delight to disdain. However, amidst the diverse opinions, one thing remains clear – stinky tofu holds a special place in Taiwanese culinary heritage.

Shenkeng Street may be shorter than some of Taipei’s other old streets, but it still offers a charming atmosphere worth exploring for 2-4 hours. Consider extending your visit by planning a trip to Maokong, The Tea Haven, conveniently located nearby. Whether you prefer a pre-purchased day tour for hassle-free transportation and travel planning or a more flexible free-and-easy option, the choice depends on your personal preferences.

Tips: Pre-purchase your day tour ticket here.

How to Get to Shenkeng Old Street

To reach Shenkeng Old Street in Taipei, you have several transportation options:

  • MRT: Board the MRT heading towards Muzha Station (Brown Line), then transfer to bus 0 (red 31) at the station exit. Disembark at Shenkeng Old Street Stop.
  • Bus: Catch a bus from Taipei City Hall Bus Station or Taipei Zoo Bus Station. Opt for bus numbers 236, 237, 282, 282 Shuttle, 306, 306 Shuttle, 666, or 795, and alight at Shenkeng Old Street Stop.
  • Hiring a Taxi: Direct a taxi to Shenkeng Old Street, ensuring you mention “Shenkeng Laojie” (深坑老街) to the driver.
  • Driving or Riding a Scooter: If you’re driving, access National Freeway No. 3 or No. 5, then exit at Nangang or Xizhi Interchange. Follow the signage directing you to Shenkeng Old Street.

What Is The Must-Try Food in Shenkeng Old Street?

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Stinky Tofu Varieties: Delight in the diverse selection of tofu, including regular tofu, stinky tofu, dessert tofu, fried stinky tofu, BBQ stinky tofu, tofu cheese, tofu cake, sweet tofu drink, dried tofu, and the signature burnt-flavored tofu ice cream. Each variation offers a unique texture and taste, showcasing Shenkeng’s rich tofu tradition.

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Tofu Ice Cream: Treat yourself to the unique fusion of creamy tofu and sweet ice cream flavors with tofu ice cream. Its distinctive burnt flavor, emblematic of Shenkeng, offers a refreshing and memorable dessert experience.

Shenkeng Old Street Taipei Taiwan-Chicken Butt Skewer

Chicken Butt Skewer: Indulge in the savory delight of chicken butt skewers, expertly grilled to perfection and seasoned with a tantalizing blend of spices. This popular street food choice promises a burst of flavor in every bite, making it a must-try snack while exploring Shenkeng Old Street.

Shenkeng Old Street Taipei Taiwan-Fermented TofuShenkeng Old Street Taipei Taiwan-Fermented Tofu Store

Fermented Tofu: Enhance your porridge/ meal experience by bringing home some fermented tofu, a perfect accompaniment available in various flavors such as sweet, sour, and spicy. Packaged in bottles of two different sizes, the store owner will ensure secure packaging for easy transport back to Singapore. Simply check the date on the cap to ferment it before indulging. With a long shelf life of several months, you can enjoy its deliciousness for an extended period.

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Whether it’s a full-day excursion or just a few hours of exploration, I found the experience here immensely enjoyable. With fewer tourists around, it’s easier to immerse oneself in the local culture and truly appreciate the surroundings. Additionally, the friendly locals contribute to making the visit even more pleasant.

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What Are the Penalties for Common Crimes in Singapore?

Singapore’s legal system is often considered to be an outlier among Commonwealth countries because of its strict law enforcement and arguably severe penalties for infractions that would be non-issues elsewhere. For instance, jaywalking, not flushing public toilets, and even being naked in your own flat within view of onlookers can all result in a swift arrest. It can be said that this unique approach to maintaining public order underscores the city-state’s commitment to upholding societal norms and ensuring a safe and harmonious environment for its citizens. 

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In this article, we’ll explore some of the penalties for common crimes committed in Singapore, shedding light on the rationale behind such stringent measures and their impact on the city-state’s legal landscape.

Why Is Singapore So Tough On Crime?

A lot of this strictness has to do with the young country’s prosocial ideals which tend to place the good of the community over individual rights. Singapore is not the only country to have so-called communitarian values but it is arguably the one that has taken these ideals the furthest, at least, within the realm of Western-style parliamentary democracies.

With that understanding, it’s easy to understand why Singapore’s laws put seemingly inordinate effort into maintaining public cleanliness and order while also offering harsh penalties for crimes that could conceivably harm others. Most Singaporean citizens and likely a handy majority of expats probably wouldn’t want it any other way. Singapore’s strict system has resulted in the country enjoying extraordinary levels of public safety, which has been a huge boon for both the economy and the quality of life in the city-state. 

What Crimes Are Common in Singapore?

Singapores’ public order does not mean that there are no crimes committed in the country. Nonviolent crimes like scams and cybercrimes are common in Singapore. Traffic offences that also fall under criminal law are, likewise, commonplace. Petty thefts also happen from time to time. 

Unfortunately, foreigners as well as young, troubled locals often run afoul of local laws, particularly the ones we’ll discuss in this article. As in most other countries, ignorance of Singaporean laws is not a viable defence, and those who commit these common crimes may find that the city-state offers few exceptions and little room for leniency. Mandatory (i.e. non-negotiable) sentences are also commonplace for many offences.

Fortunately, if one needs a criminal lawyer in Singapore, one will find that there are plenty of options available to them. Let’s examine some of the more common crimes committed in the city-state and the typical accompanying penalties:

Property Crimes

Trespassing, pickpocketing, and vandalism are some of the more common crimes in Singapore. Imprisonment and fines are the typical punishment for these, with the severity largely dependent on the scale of the offence. Caning, administered on the offender’s bare buttocks, is typically reserved for serious crimes.

Traffic Offences

Traffic offences that result in death, injury, or damage to public property are covered by Singaporean criminal law. Drink driving is a particularly common crime, at least, by Singaporean standards, with accompanying mandatory penalties of up to SGD 10,000. Jail time of up to 12 months can also be meted out in some circumstances.

Sexual Offences

Singapore enforces strict laws regarding sexual conduct, particularly concerning minors. Engaging in sexual relations with individuals under the age of 18 or facilitating prostitution can lead to significant prison sentences and fines. 

Outrage of Modesty

Singapore’s “Outrage of Modesty” law prohibits any form of assault or use of force intended to violate an individual’s modesty. Offenders may face a combination of imprisonment of up to 3 years, fines, and caning for violating this law. Foreign male travellers should take care to not run afoul of this law, especially in nightlife and public transportation settings.

Drug Crimes

Singapore’s legal system has very little tolerance for narcotics-related crimes. Notably, it imposes a mandatory death penalty for individuals convicted of trafficking more than 15 grams of heroin, 30 grams of cocaine, 250 grams of methamphetamines, or 500 grams of cannabis. Those found guilty of trafficking amounts under these thresholds will almost certainly be penalised with long jail sentences.

Attempted Crimes

Singaporean law also imposes penalties for individuals who attempt but fail to commit offences. Convicted offenders can face similar punishments to those for completed crimes.

About Legal Assistance and Notification

Unlike many other legal systems, Singapore does not provide defendants with legal assistance except in capital cases. If you’re arrested in Singapore, you do have the right to a lawyer. However, the right to speak to counsel is not legally activated until after you’re interrogated by police or already charged in court. 

Fortunately, your family members and other contacts may still get legal advice before your right to counsel becomes active. If you’re a foreign national, you may ask arresting authorities to notify your embassy so you may have access to support during your ordeal.

Staying on the Right Side of the Law

As the old joke goes: Singapore is a “fine” city. Singapore’s uniquely robust legal system has created one of the safest societies on earth, but it does demand that residents and visitors have some prior knowledge if they want to avoid committing crimes. Looking up the most frequent offences and the accompanying penalties should help individuals navigate Singapore and its legal environment safely and responsibly.

[SG EATS] Experiencing the Fusion of Indian Charm and French Elegance at Bombay Brasserie, Singapore

Nestled in the heart of South Beach Avenue, Bombay Brasserie is a culinary gem that seamlessly marries the sophistication of a Parisian brasserie with the vibrant flavors of Indian cuisine. Bombay Brasserie is the brainchild of the esteemed Taj Hotels Group, a name synonymous with hospitality excellence.

Since its inception in 1982, Bombay Brasserie has expanded its footprint across the globe, with celebrated outposts in London, Cape Town, and Dubai. Now, it graces Singapore with its unique concept, offering a refreshing take on fine-casual dining.

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As you step into this enchanting space, you are greeted by opulent gold accents, plush red seats, and a meticulously set table, reminiscent of the classic French dining experience. However, what sets Bombay Brasserie apart is its infusion of Indian elements – from stylish green lamps to murals depicting scenes of Mumbai, adding a touch of tropical allure.

My friend and I had the pleasure of indulging in a delightful dinner at Bombay Brasserie recently. The restaurant is helmed by Chef Nilesh Ambedkar’s expertly curated menu beautifully intertwines traditional Indian and French culinary delights.

Bombay Brasserie-Pana Puri

Our evening began with a complimentary plate of papad, breads, chutney, and French butter, followed by an exquisite serving of pana puri.

Bombay Brasserie-Aloo Papdi Chaat

Starting with the Aloo Papdi Chaat, a refreshing combination of potatoes, yogurt, tamarind, and crispies, we were immediately impressed by the crunchy textures and vibrant flavors.

Bombay Brasserie-Seekh Kebab

The Seekh Kebab, made with goat’s meat and served with pickled vegetables and mint chutney, pleasantly surprised my friend. She isn’t typically a fan of goat meat but found the dish flavorful and not at all gamey.

Bombay Brasserie- duck confit

Next, we had the Duck Confit Phulka Roll. As you take your first bite, the succulent duck confit enveloped in a soft and fluffy phulka unleashes a symphony of rich, savory notes.

Bombay Brasserie- Scallop

Moving on to mains, the Grilled Scallops with pea mousseline showcased the restaurant’s innovative approach to classic French cuisine, offering a delightful fusion of flavors.

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Our Butter Chicken served with barista pulao and laccha paratha, presented a unique twist on the traditional dish. This dish offers a slightly sweeter flavor profile that appealed to our palates. The laccha paratha proved to be a perfect accompaniment to the rich and creamy butter chicken.

No dining experience at Bombay Brasserie would be complete without sampling their selection of creative cocktails, inspired by the colonial era. From the sophisticated allure of “The Cantonment” to the refreshing flavors of the “Colonial Favourite,” each drink was expertly crafted to complement the bold flavors of the cuisine.

In conclusion, our experience at Bombay Brasserie was nothing short of exceptional. From the memorable starters to the innovative mains and impeccable service, every aspect of our dining experience surpassed our expectations. We’re already planning our next visit to explore more of the menu and indulge in the culinary delights that Bombay Brasserie has to offer.

Address: Bombay Brasserie

26 Beach Road,

B1-23/24/25 South Beach Avenue

Singapore 189768

Tel: +65 6980 7163

Website: https://www.tajhotels.com/en-in/singapore/bombay-brasserie/

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[SG EATS] 8-Hands Cantonese Heritage Showcase at Man Fu Yuan Restaurant | InterContinental Singapore

Step into a realm where tradition meets innovation, where the essence of Cantonese cuisine is celebrated in a contemporary symphony of flavors. Man Fu Yuan, the esteemed Chinese Fine Dining restaurant at InterContinental Singapore, proudly presents its second edition of the highly anticipated 8-Hands showcase: ‘Echoes of Canton: Honouring Culinary Heritage.’

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From April 1st to April 30th, 2024, indulge in a gastronomic adventure unlike any other as four masterful chefs – Pang Lu Tin, Fok Wing Tin, Peter Tsang, and Man Fu Yuan’s resident Executive Chinese Chef Aaron Tan – join forces to curate an unforgettable dining experience. Drawing inspiration from the golden era of Cantonese cuisine, these culinary virtuosos will take you on a journey back to the nostalgic flavors of the 70s and 80s, reimagining classic dishes with a contemporary twist.

Here are the highlights from the limited-time menu dishes:

Man Fu Yuan Restaurant InterContinental Singapore-Echoes of Canton

Beginning with Appertizers, we had the Chilled Lobster paired with Chicken Salad by Chef Pung Lu Tin, Chilled Mini Lotus Roots marinated with Orange Jus and Green Sichuan Peppercorn by Chef Aaron Tan and Spinach Roll filled with Seaweed and Tobiko, accompanied by Siracha Aioli by Chef Peter Tsang.

Man Fu Yuan Restaurant-Braised Seafood Bisque with Fish Mouth, Bamboo Pith by Chef Fok Wing Tin

As the meal progresses, savor indulgent soups that pay homage to Cantonese culinary traditions. We had the Braised Seafood Bisque with Fish Mouth, Bamboo Pith by Chef Fok Wing Tin. It offers a light, comforting essence, perfectly balanced with a delicate yet satisfying texture.

Man Fu Yuan Restaurant-Crispy Cod Fish Stuffed with Caviar by Chef Peter Tsang

Experience the tantalizing flavors of the Crispy Cod Fish Stuffed with Caviar by Chef Peter Tsang. This dish offers a symphony of tastes, with the crispy exterior of the cod fish giving way to succulent, tender flesh within. Each bite is elevated by the luxurious burst of flavor from the caviar, creating a harmonious balance of richness and delicate seafood essence that tantalizes the palate and leaves a lasting impression of indulgence.

Man Fu Yuan Restaurant-Chef Aaron Tan's Wok-fried Venison Cube

Chef Aaron Tan’s Wok-fried Venison Cube with Ginger, Lemongrass, and Black Pepper Sauce served in claypot presents a captivating blend of tastes. It harmonizes the robust essence of venison with the aromatic notes of ginger and lemongrass, all heightened by the piquant allure of black pepper sauce.

Man Fu Yuan Restaurant-Braised 18-19 Head Dried Abalone by Chef Pung

Braised 18-19 Head Dried Abalone with Giant Grouper Skin, skillfully prepared by Chef Pung Lu Tin. This dish offers a taste sensation that is unparalleled, with the rich umami of the dried abalone perfectly complemented by the delicate essence of the giant grouper skin.

Man Fu Yuan Restaurant- Chef Peter Tsang's Wok-fried Crispy Rice

Indulge in the savory delight of Chef Peter Tsang’s Wok-fried Crispy Rice with Prawns, Mushroom, and Scallion. This dish tantalizes the taste buds with its expertly crafted combination of flavors and textures. The crispy rice offers a delightful crunch, serving as the perfect canvas for succulent prawns, earthy mushrooms, and aromatic scallions.

Man Fu Yuan Restaurant-Warm Roasted Peanut Rice Cream with Superior Red Bird's Nest

Leave space for dessert as Chef Aaron Tan introduces his Warm Roasted Peanut Rice Cream with Superior Red Bird’s Nest, a luxurious conclusion that harmonizes sweetness and richness flawlessly. This decadent treat tantalizes the palate with its comforting warmth and indulgent textures. The roasted peanut rice cream envelops the palate in a cozy embrace, while the addition of superior red bird’s nest adds a touch of opulence.

For those who appreciate the intricacies of Cantonese cuisine or those craving an exceptional dining adventure, the 8-Hands Cantonese Heritage Showcase at Man Fu Yuan guarantees an unforgettable dining experience.

Secure your reservation today and prepare to be transported on a culinary voyage through the ages, where the fusion of tradition and innovation is celebrated in every dish.

Address: Man Fu Yuan Restaurant

 80 Middle Road

Level 2 InterContinental Singapore,

Singapore 188966

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday      12:00PM-3:00PM | 6:00PM-10:00PM

Website: https://singapore.intercontinental.com/dine/man-fu-yuan

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[M’SIA TRAVELS] A Traveler’s Guide to 7 Places To Go in Ipoh | Malaysia

Nestled in the heart of Malaysia, Ipoh is a city that effortlessly combines rich history, vibrant culture, and natural beauty. From stunning murals and historic lanes to mystical cave temples and bustling flea markets, Ipoh has something for every type of traveler. In this travel guide, we’ll explore seven must-visit attractions that promise to make your journey to Ipoh an unforgettable one.

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How To Get There

If you’re departing from Singapore, you have the option of either catching a one-hour flight to Ipoh or opting for a bus journey, which typically lasts between 7 to 10 hours, subject to traffic conditions.

How To Travel Around Ipoh City

You might opt for renting a car or using GRAB services to navigate the city. GRAB can be a convenient option for solo travelers or smaller groups. However, if you’re traveling with a group or elderly family members, you might prefer private transportation services that offer full-day services. You can make reservations here.

Sightseeing Places Around Ipoh:

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  1. Mural Art Trail: Embark on a visual journey through the city’s streets adorned with captivating murals. The Mural Art Trail showcases the artistic flair of local and international talents, depicting scenes that tell the stories of Ipoh’s past and present. Wander through the lanes and alleys to discover these vibrant and Instagram-worthy artworks that add a splash of color to the city’s charm.
  2. Visit Concubine Lane: Step back in time as you wander down the historic Concubine Lane, a narrow alley with a fascinating past. Lined with quaint shops, cafes, and street vendors, this cultural enclave offers a glimpse into Ipoh’s early days. Explore the unique architecture, indulge in local delicacies, and uncover the tales of Concubine Lane’s intriguing history.
  3. Visit Cave Temples: Ipoh is home to several magnificent cave temples, each with its own unique charm. Explore the intricate cave structures adorned with religious artifacts and statues. Perak Cave Temple and Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple are two notable examples that provide a serene escape from the city hustle, allowing you to appreciate the spiritual and natural beauty of these sacred spaces.
  4. Visit Limestone Cave: Venture into the depths of Ipoh’s limestone caves for a surreal experience. Gua Tempurung, one of the largest limestone caves in Peninsular Malaysia, offers guided tours that cater to different levels of adventure. Marvel at the stalactite formations, underground rivers, and spacious chambers, immersing yourself in the awe-inspiring wonders of nature.
  5. Visit Miner’s Tunnel & Tasik Cermin: Embark on a unique adventure by exploring the historical Kellie’s Castle and the fascinating Miner’s Tunnel. Discover the tales of the tin-mining era and stroll through the picturesque Tasik Cermin, a hidden mirror lake surrounded by lush greenery. This tranquil spot provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
  6. Sunday Flea Market: Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture by visiting Ipoh’s Sunday Flea Market. Held weekly, this bustling market offers a diverse array of goods, from antiques and handicrafts to local snacks and souvenirs. Engage with friendly locals, hone your bargaining skills, and uncover hidden gems as you explore the lively stalls lining the streets.
  7. Ho Yan Hor Museum: For a dose of cultural and historical insight, visit the Ho Yan Hor Museum. Discover the origins and legacy of the famous herbal tea brand, Ho Yan Hor, and gain a deeper understanding of traditional Chinese medicine. The museum provides an interactive experience, allowing visitors to explore the brand’s evolution and its impact on health and wellness.

Ipoh, with its blend of history, art, and natural wonders, offers a diverse range of experiences for travelers seeking an authentic Malaysian adventure. Whether you’re captivated by the city’s street art, exploring ancient caves, or indulging in local markets, Ipoh promises a memorable journey filled with cultural richness and enchanting discoveries. Plan your trip to this charming city and unlock the secrets that make Ipoh a destination worth exploring.

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Conveniently located on Arab Street, Beyond The Dough stands out as a vibrant addition to the local dining scene. More than just a pizzeria, it seamlessly blends traditional techniques with modern flair while remaining true to the essence of exceptional pizza.

Address: Beyond The Dough Pizzeria

150 Arab Street

Singapore 199832

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday | Lunch: 11:45AM to 15:00PM (13:45PM Last Order) | Dinner: 17:00PM to 23:00PM (21:45PM Last Order)

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