At this point, I’m just surprised at how pasar malam hasn’t received its fair share of cultural recognition in Singapore like how chilli crab and chope-ing a table gets. Well, that’s a thought for another day as there’s a new Woodlands pasar malam, this time located at the back of Vista Point and will last till 26 Feb 2023.
This was a much smaller affair with around 14 odd food stalls which wasn’t such a bad thing, since your mainstays such as Ramly Burger, Takoyaki, Oyster Puff and The Original Vadai were all present. Plus, it made for a refreshingly spacious pasar malam experience.
It also has half a field dedicated solely to Uncle Ringo’s rides and carnival games, though they were only operating from 6pm onwards.
Since there wasn’t anything inherently new about the food stalls, I thought I’d try food that I’ve never had before. First of all, was the Okonomiyaki (S$5.50) at the takoyaki stall. I never tried the self-declared pizza as takoyaki was always my to-go option.
The Okonomiyaki had different fillings such as Prawn, Salmon, Crabmeat and Chicken. I was glad to have it as it tasted essentially like a flat and square takoyaki with the addition of eggs, cabbages and carrots. Move over, takoyaki!
Up next was the Thai Fried Ice Cream Rolls (S$5) and as sad as it reads, this was my first time trying handmade ice cream despite watching about a thousand videos of them being made.
You can choose different flavours like Oreos, Brownies, Kinder Bueno and even fruits. I opted for the Oreo-flavoured one and I found it to be just decent. It’s nowhere near a McFlurry, but I guess the showmanship made up for it.
Lastly, I had the Cheesy Beef Steak (S$5) from the Indonesian Delight stall that also sells Indonesian Rojak (S$5), Soup Bakso (S$6) and Tahu Telur (S$6).
I’d suggest sticking to their Indonesian food instead, as what I had wasn’t even the good kinda bad. It was flavourless, barring the sauces, which disintegrated the bread and I could have sworn I saw my cooked beef “steak” being pulled up from some bucket with no warming done. Avoid.
Unsurprisingly, the rides were very children oriented and similar were the games, though I think it makes for a plan-free family outing and for some unfortunate boyfriends— a second shot at Valentine’s Day, perhaps?
Having said that, I do miss the dozen arcade cabinets that pasar malams used to have with games such as Street Fighter or Marvel VS Capcom blaring on the speaker. Next Woodlands pasar malam, perhaps?
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