Yesterday afternoon, after a day of running around trying to do job interviews and visit the GSIS office for my father-in-law, we stopped by Galleria on our way home to have dinner. I wasn’t sure what to eat, but I was in the mood for something Italian, so my wife recommended Old Spaghetti House. I’m glad we went. The food there is great! It’s not fine dining per se, but it’s well worth the money.
I went with the Vietnamese garlic spaghetti with shrimp. I’m not sure if it’s actually a popular Vietnamese dish. It tasted really good though!
My wife decided to have their puttanesca, which is translated literally as “whore’s spaghetti”. There are conflicted theories about the origins of this dish, but the more colorful one is that it was a dish that prostitutes in Italy’s state run brothels made for themselves out of the odds and ends in their larders. As a condition of working in the state run brothels, they were only allowed out one day a week, so they were often low on supplies and this light sauce made from few ingredients was the result of their attempts to get by. More information can be found in the Wikipedia article.
After dinner, I finally got the chance to introduce my wife to funnel cake. Funnel cakes are popular at fairs in the US, but they’re pretty rare in Asia. I don’t recall ever seeing a place with this on the menu in Singapore. She loved it! You can see in the photo that they don’t add quite as much powdered sugar as they do in the US, but it came with a choice of toppings which made up for it.
Speaking of Singapore… it seems like you can’t get away from it over here. I found this stuff on the menu:
I don’t care for the original Tom Yum soup, so I really don’t think I’d like the way it tastes as a pizza or spaghetti.