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So, we didn’t talk much about our trip to Singapore last week, primarily because it wasn’t really a fun playtime event, like what we did at the YouTube Fanfest a while back. This was mostly us doing panels and presentations about YouTube and Social Media and stuff. We got to meet a bunch of really interesting people, though, including Bethany Mota, Kurt and Sam, and Marquese Scott, all of whom are immensely more popular and cool than we are. But we were all there together, all talking about our channels and stuff, and all of them were cool people.

On our downtime in Singapore, though, we did the only thing that matters to us: eat freaking food. Nonstop. We just went from place to place and ate until we felt sick. We’re not really sight-seeing people. Tourist attractions bore us. The lineups are long and you don’t really get a feel of what a country is like. But eat some soul-shatteringly good food at non-pretentious holes in the wall and that, THAT makes us feel a lot more connected, I think. I want to eat the food of your people. I don’t want to go to the places that show tourists how glamorous or wonderful a country is. FOOOOOOD AND ONLY FOOOOOOOOOODDDDD.

So that’s why we wanted to share this video. There’s no commentary. Nothing for us to say but just to sit back and marvel. We went to the food stalls in Chinatown. I’m not sure if there are many different centers for this, but it was in the second floor of a building. We saw the lineup to this place here in the video. It was half an hour deep. The other stalls around him were totally empty. That’s one thing we learned about Singapore: the longer the line, the better the food. So I waited in line, and watched this guy so dedicatedly work on the food. He never put his head up. Never looked at the people in line. The woman with him took your money and belted out the order to him. He wouldn’t acknowledge the order with a sound. No “ok!” Not even a grunt. He just kept his head down, and knocked out a freaking gloriously delicious dish.

We’ve got a few pictures of our tip to Singapore as well. You can check them out here, including pics of the food we ate:

And, yes, I know this video came out before our Melbourne video. We’re working on that, too! That video requires editing while this one didn’t, so it went up first. The Melbourne video might be up, umm, someday soon. Yeah!

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  1. krysellia

    i know this is off topic but you know g dragon song ” who you?” well he’s asking fans to pick idea for the mv. so his mv will be the fans idea. so simon and martina you guy may be able to review this video. do you have any ideas?

  2. apinkcat

    that cook looks like he was either drunk or a genius lol

  3. WorthInClay

    I don’t really get why every other person is ragging that chilli crab is a must eat in Singapore. it’s not like the regular everyday dish that we enjoy. it’s more like the special occasion feast we enjoy sometimes. IMHO, a lot more of the hawker food by our local dialects groups, malay and indian diet more accurately represent the true Singaporean diet. Tim Ho Wan is nice but is also just another imported food brand.

  4. Eenette Wong

    This almost made me tear up (‘: I’m currently studying in Seoul & this made me miss Singapore so so much! Doesn’t help that it’s almost 1am here now <3 Love you guys!

  5. Kenny Cheng

    Just got to love the asian efficiency and hygiene with the noodle shops. I mean if this was in Australia, pretty sure Health and Safety would have taken it down immediately since it is very strict over here.

    Personally, I believe the lack of hygiene is what makes street food in asia that much tastier. I mean sure there might be the odd occasion where hygiene might get the better of you but street food always seems to taste so much better than normal restaurants.

  6. Natasya

    Most Singaporeans line up for free things, limited things, or something that really good.
    Sometimes you might see a really long line like more than 40-50 people, just for one scoop of free ice cream. :P

    xD

  7. Deenie Choong

    Thank you for showing singapore in such a night light. (: Its always nice to look at my country from a foreigner’s point of view and appreciate it.

  8. raycherr

    it’s really cool how you guys are willing to go to hot and sweaty places like the hawker centres, wait 30mins to eat good food :) plus you guys are willing to post such videos without your faces in it? :) love you guys for being so down to earth and hope to see you guys in singapore again!

  9. Samantha See

    I am literally cursing & swearing at you guys right now. I’ve been away from home (Singapore) for only 7 months now & have been craving for Singapore food, AND YOU GUYS HAVE GOTTEN THE CHANCE TO EAT IT TWICE. *shakes fist*

    Not to mention that you guys only decided to visit Singapore when I decided to work overseas. BOOOOOO!

    But still, big love from Japan :D

  10. hapagirl
    hapagirl

    You know dinner didn’t fill you up when you start getting hungry while watching videos. Oh wait, it’s 2 am, that explains it. But wow, gramps is just working his ass off in that kitchen, no wonder there’s a line up. I just wish it was more obvious in other places if there’s a line up because they’re so slow or that it’s so good. But for the most part, it usually means it’s good.

    I can get what you guys mean by wanting to see a more authentic side to a place. I think for me personally, since I live in Hawaii tourist stuff is intertwined with local things. So for the most part, I find that stuff still charming in a way. But nothing is cooler than really getting to know a place, except when that place leads you into a shady smelly part of town, unless it’s a zoo with lots of shade.

  11. Clara Lee

    “That’s one thing we learned about Singapore: the longer the line, the better the food.”

    Couldn’t have said it better. :D and yeah the food at hawker centres are DA BEST!

  12. This might come across as a bit weird but you guys going to the small hawker stalls and enjoying every meal in Singapore made me so proud being Singaporean! (Even though I had no part in your glorious food experiences.) And you’ll find no shortage of Singaporeans throwing suggestions of where to eat at. ;)

    Rather than fancy pants places and dishes like chilli crab, I really feel that ‘smaller’, more ordinary/’everyday’ dishes like minced meat noodles and curry showcase Singaporean food and culture so much better, what with our national obsession with food. :) So glad you had the ‘real’ Singapore experience and not just touristy snaps and $25 chicken rice in a hotel! Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but… you know… uh… EAT UP! :D Thank you for all your amazingly enjoyable and fun videos!

  13. chasingdreams

    So was the food you ate nice? :)

  14. Nicoll Paatan

    Dat Mee Pok… you make me jealous guise. But thanks for sharing a little bit of your time in Singapore!! :D P.S. DID YOU EAT CHILI CRAB?

  15. Gracie グレイス

    you guys are so busy and still manage to post videos. Thank you. *infinite hugs*

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