I was lucky to sample a number of Singapore Delicacies during the recent business trip. First to mention is the national dish - crab. We went to a No Signboard Seafood that local families go. Target: White Pepper Crab!
Let's start, hooray! One Sri Lanka crab for two of us. Spicy scallop, prawn roll and Samal Kangkong 馬來风光, morning glory fried with chilli paste. The signature dish is White Pepper Crab. It is cooked with spring onion and ginger, looks the way my mom cooks at home. I like its sometimes dominant and sometimes subtle white pepper fragrance. I could taste the natural sweetness of the crab. Big piece of crab meat, double happiness. Marvelous!
One can order scallops cooked in different ways. We asked for XO sauce, turning out very spicy but pleasant. Yum! The prawn roll was relative so so standing next to the fantastic dishes.
Two nights later, Jacky took us to a local but more touristic and pricey restaurant, Sin Hoi Sai at Tiong Bahru. Prawn fried with oat is interesting and so as the coffee ribs. But once the Black Pepper Crab was on show, they were compared down. The crab was pungent, tasty and very nice. But we were filled up with quick, with the other two dishes and drinks washing down the spiciness.
If you ask me which is more my favourite, I will say the white one as I could taste more the natural taste of the crab. Certainly, I will eat them again in the future whenever I am in Singapore again. But I will try local restaurants in public estate, if I can find one, more authentic and with more reasonable price.
7 of us had lunch on the day I left Singapore. The venue is Island Café at Tang's, a corner around my hotel. The most impressive is Tauhu Telor deep fried tofu and eggs served with soy sauce, garlic and chilli. It's simple, crispy and delicious. The platter with satay and deep fried was good. I tried a spring roll. It's fabulous, from a person seldon eating deep fried food. Imagine, how good it is. Singaporean chefs do wonderful deep fried, not oily, crispy and not filling up easily. Like!
A local salad with soy sauce dressing is also very welcome. Different kinds of vege, slightly sweet dressing, fresh and mouth washing.
We also ordered Chicken rice, Lobster Laksa and Prawn Mee Soup. Chicken is tender and juicy. However, I preferred Hainan Chicken Rice, for its rice mingled with chicken fat. Laksa and Prawn Mee Soup were intensive. Sharing in group is not favourable as the noodle gets cold soon. One does not have the enthusiasm of eating it when after the stage of piping hot has gone. Too many choices on the table and everything is appealing. When it's down to the signature noodle dishes, lobster is rough and noodle was no longer hot. No desire to sip and eat the soup. A pity but the whole meal was very enjoyable, together with 7 beauties. Yeah!
There are many food courts and stalls around Singpapore. You may spend a handful of money or very little to have good meal. Good luck! Stick to the locals to chase after good food!