Wake up with kaya toast in Singapore
Before you stand in line for chicken rice, before you tear apart your chili crab, before you Instagram your laksa, you’ll need some coffee and breakfast. To do that like a Singaporean, find your nearest kopitiam (coffee house). The chairs should be janky, the service stilted, and the coffee hot, fast, and cheap. The soundtrack will include the scraping of the burnt parts of the toast before it’s slathered generously with the creamy kaya (coconut jam) and served with soft-boiled, soy-sauce-bathed, white-peppered eggs. The crunch of the bread and the runny yolk, the sweet spread and the saltiness of the sauce: This breakfast of contrasts is like stepping out of an air-conditioned hotel onto the muggy Singapore streets.
Have high tea in London
Pinkies up, y’all. If your idea of a scone is that graceless dough ball in the Starbucks pastry case, get thee to Londontown, stat. High tea can be pricey, but it’s worth doing, even just once, to experience what flour and butter can be when baked to their highest expression and topped with a dollop of the richest, sweetest cream and fresh berry jam.