One reason why I decide to blog about my army days is because it reminds me of the things that I am blessed with. Every time I feel down, I think back about the army and it reminded me. No days can be worse than the army days. So if I can survive being in the army for 17 years, I can survive anything.
Today’s post is about food. Why am I reminded about food? Because I have been on a tight budget since covid hits. I thought that everything will be ok when it gets better but 2022 didn’t do any better with my finances. So I have been budgeting with my expenditure and one of those affected is food. I miss eating good healthy food. In Singapore, healthy foods are expensive. Halal foods are tasty but most of the time unhealthy. There really should be more halal foodstalls that sells those economy rice mix thing that I always see in Chinese stalls. But nope. None. The closest is the very expensive nasi padang which isnt actually nasi padang. And they’re always oily.
I looked back at the photos of army cookhouse food. Now at this age, how I didn’t count my blessings then. Oh how I would love to eat the cookhouse food everyday again. They are nutritious and healthy.
So here is a tribute to the army food.
Before I entered the army, I heard stories of how army foods were terrible and cooked by army cooks. But by the time I was enlisted, the system has changed.
13th June 2000, I stepped on the shores of Pulau Tekong. The cookhouse was run by the Singapore Food Industries if I remember correctly. Being a young person who was choosy about everything, of course it didn’t taste nice. But now looking back, I can eat those food everyday. You can google the photos. I don’t have any.
Breakfast. There was always 2 choices. Local or Western.
Local would be mi siam or mi rebus or mi soto or pau or glutinous rice or something.
Western would be bread or croissant or eggs with peanut butter and jam. So so blessed.
Drink would be a choice of coffee or tea or milo.
Lunch and dinner.
Always rice with fish and red meat (beef / mutton) and chicken and vegetables and soup and dessert (fruits or ice cream) and free flow of syrup drink.
Sometimes on random days, we might get chicken chop or horfun or something. Most of us look forward to western.
Damn, I’m hungry now writing all these.
Singapore Food Industries (SFI) wasn’t the only caterer. I’ve been to many camps and I saw some places engaged NTUC Foodfare and SATS.
It is really very good. Really. Much better than nasi padangs. Definitely healthier.
But not all were tasty of course. Actually they are all edible. Except one place.
I’ve been despatched to these camps.
Pulau Tekong BMTC
Pulau Tekong SISPEC
Pasir Laba Camp
Amoy Quee Camp
Jurong ITI Camp
Here’s my take. Pulau Tekong BMTC has (or maybe had) the best food. Clementi Camp was the worst. My 9 days ot Clementi Camp, I ate my own snacks and food brought in from out of camp. They were terrible.
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