5th Floor, Funan DigitalLife Mall
109 North Bridge Road, Singapore
Tel: +65 6336 8327 (Mall Customer Service)
Whenever I am in Singapore, as I am this week, eating and shopping tend to be my favorite off-time activities. Where else can you get such an abundance of both, and at such a great level (in terms of quality and price) that is the envy of the world. Granted, there are some places where this bar does come down a notch or two, but still thinking in terms of what you get in North America for almost the same thing and the large drop off in price found here, you are still getting away with a fantastic deal. And for anyone that knows me, high tech gadgets and electronic goods are some of my most favorite things, and here in Singapore, they make sure to also have a well stocked food court in the IT-dedicated shopping centres. What more could you ask for?
The Funan DigitalLife Mall (sometimes referred to as the Funan Centre, or Funan IT Mall) is a popular place for both locals and tourists alike, especially those looking to purchase a new laptop computer. Frankly, I don’t know how one can differentiate between one store and another that is carrying the same product. Price negotiation skills are paramount, in order to get the best deal in the house. And after all that back-and-forth with salespeople, you tend to get hungry. And after spending a small fortune on a new electronic toy, well perhaps your budget for your post-purchase meal needs to take a hit. No need to fret, as the Food Junction comes to the rescue!
This food court located on the fifth floor of the mall, is quite generic. By this I mean, each station is not a separate tenant with their own restaurant/brand name. Rather, the stalls are segregated by type of cuisine, and named as such (eg. Chinese food, Indian food, Korean food, etc.). As you can see from the image, a simple, understated plate of Hainanese Chicken Rice. Served with a bowl of steaming chicken stock soup, and a sampling of the dipping sauces one usually requires. All this for SGD 3.80 (equivalent to 3 Canadian dollars at today’s rate). Throw in the air conditioning in the seating area, and the fellows around who are quickly cleaning up tables and clearing away trays, and it makes the amount I paid feel even better.
For this quantity and cost, you are getting what you pay for. It comes out quick, slapped down on your cafeteria plate by some young kids behind the counter. For the dipping sauces, you pour what you want from the bottles into a small dish, and taking everything away on your tray to an available table on the floor. The slices of chicken breast meat are thin, with the gelatinous skin on top very limited. The rice was surprisingly good though, very fragrant and not over/under cooked. The accompanying bowl of soup was very pedestrian. But when you think about how much I paid for it, and the equivalent of what I could have gotten at say McDonald’s (yes, located down on the main floor of this mall), I’d say I made out well with a conservative sized meal that did put a dent into my hunger, after an hour of so of patrolling all the floors in this building looking at expensive toys.