The Chinese there call large white radishes (like Daikon) "Carrot". However, Dragon Lady says that most "Carrot Cake" has Taro (the white Yam with the tiny purple streaks, not the Purple Yam of Hawaii and the Asian countries) as the main ingredient. So, the "Carrot Cake" may have Taro or the Daikon like Radish and be mixed with the overly sweet (to my taste, which does err on the sweet-tooth side) gelatinous rice pudding stuff. After that, the whole concoction may be stir-fried w/ egg!!!!.
Since DL doesn't look over my shoulder or at this website, one of my survival secrets is that I don't eat Chinese food in Sing: I eat MUSLIM food!!!
That reminds me (shameless plug): In Singapore, don't miss the Banana Leaf Restaurant @ Little India. It is less than a block north of the new NE MRT (Purple) line Little India stop on Race Course Road.
Of course, you can find a "hawker centre" @ most of the bigger transit stops or shopping/office centers.
Bird's Nest Soup is always around. You can get it at the higher end restaurants or go to Chinese Herb Shops and get it in the box, along with your Ginseng. I even get the canned drink here in the states; (of course I shop in Chinatowns). Wot the hey, that reminded me that I have/had one last can in the cupboard; so I'm chugging it as we speak
The Bird's Nest Soup drink is rather like a Cream Soda, but it has the little doobers like tapioca pearls that the Asians always find a way to put in any liquid. The glue that the swallows secrete is sweetish; that is what these particular little doobers are. The Asians seem to like gelatinous sort of liquidy stuff; sometimes it makes me suspicious. (The black seed clusters in Basil Seed Drink look quite like tadpoles.) Also, I don't like the way they clog your drinking straws
Yer making me "re-live" being there; speaking of which: did you make it to a "Snake Restaurant" yet
Working on being a Singapore "Ex-Pat" Class