Today I put Singapores claim to being a “multicultural city” to the test. In a couple hours, within the span of one block in Chinatown I ate some Japanese Yakitori, drank a beer from Thailand, ate Chinese food, drank an irish coffee and smoked a cuban cigar…not bad.
Singapore’s Chinatown is an ethnic neighbourhood featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements and a historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population.
As the largest ethnic group in Singapore is Chinese, Chinatown is considerably less of an enclave than it once was. However, the district does retain significant historical and cultural significance. Large sections of it have been declared national heritage sites officially designated for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
Whisky production in Japan began around 1870, but the first commercial production was in 1924 upon the opening of the country’s first distillery, Yamazaki. Broadly speaking the style of Japanese whisky is more similar to that of Scotch whisky than Irish whiskey, and thus the spelling typically follows the Scottish convention (omitting the letter “e”). – Wikipedia
DID YOU KNOW:
In Chinese, Singapore’s Chinatown is known as Niu che shui (simplified Chinese: pinyin: Niúchēshuǐ; literally “bull-cart water”) as a result of the fact that, because of its location, Chinatown’s water supply was principally transported by animal-driven carts in the 19th century. – Wikipedia