A hat tip to Sally Fields for the title:
I was reminded of this when we went to a Shake Shack restaurant for dinner tonight in Singapore. There was a line to get in, and no seats available for sitting (fortunately, a few seats opened up right before we got our food so we were able to sit).
There are only two Shake Shacks in Singapore, one at the airport (which we visited last week), and the one we visited tonight, which only opened one month ago.
We experienced the same sort of line, perhaps even longer, when we went to Five Guys for lunch. The line to order at Five Guys probably had at least 30 people ahead of us, both times we visited. The cashier taking out order said it had been like that since the day they opened about two and a half months ago. There is currently only one Five Guys location in Singapore.
So apparently there was a lot of pent-up demand by people in Singapore to try these iconic fast-food chains.
We have already seen many McDonalds, Burger King, and KFC locations here, so the locals already had a sense of what type of food to expect at Shake Shack and Five Guys.
I started to wonder if these fast food places are indicative of the impression Singaporeans have of what we eat, and then I realized, sadly, that it probably is a pretty accurate reflection of how we eat.
But I think we need to make sure Singaporeans know that it’s not just junky fast food that we eat.
Perhaps HipCityVeg can open a location here; I know you would have at least one customer. See you in a couple of weeks when I get back home…
*top image from Singapore Women’s Weekly
**second image from The Straits Times