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Singapore – saving the best for last

April 29th, 2009 · 10 Comments · Eating out, restaurant reviews, Singapore

On day 2 of our stay in Singapore, we made a list of everything we wanted to eat and realized that we would have to basically eat constantly for the rest of our vacation and even then we wouldn’t be able to taste it all.  We had a lot of amazing food in Singapore over the first 3 days, but on our last day in Singapore it was basically do or die (ok, not die, just never taste again) so this was a really food crammed day… and it was absolutely fantastic.!  Are you guys ready? This is going to be A LOT to feast your eyes on 😉

We started the day a bit late and skipped breakfast in favor of saving room for lunch and other eats.  While waiting for No Signboard Seafood Restaurant to open for lunch, we relaxed by the Espanade. Beautiful!

The Esplanade

No Signboard Seafood is known for their chilli and white pepper crabs. Since the stuff is not cheap, we decided to split the chilli crab.  While waiting for it to cook, we munched on some peanuts we were served (and then were charged for… grrr).

peanuts and sauces

Chilli crab: fresh Sri Lanka crab cooked in robust chilli sauce flavored with prawn paste, garlic and many other spices.

chilli crab

The sauce was so incredibly flavorful – I wanted to drink the stuff!  Good thing we got little rolls to soak up all that deliciously nutty sauce. Yeah, it definitely tasted a bit nutty. A.mazing!

little rolls

The crab was really hard to eat. We were the only ones in the restaurant (it was only 11am) so the whole staff was staring at us while we were trying to not make complete fools of ourselves.  It was so embarrassing. I think we went through a pack of napkins and wet naps. No joke. Totally worth it though 😀

To burn off some lunch calories (and make room for more food!) we went to Little India. Our guide book said it was just like the real India, without the confrontational side of it.

Little India

gorgeous colors

I have to say that despite the colorful picture above, the neighborhood was still a bit depressing looking – kind of dirty and sad.  We walked around a bit, and then went to check out another hawker center – the Newton Hawker Center.  Most of the shops were closed, but we enjoyed the space in peace and had some delicious drinks.

Adam at the Newton hawker center

Newton Hawker center

Adam got a beer and I got the sugar cane juice. It was so cool. The woman took a bunch of sugar canes, ran it through this machine that squeezed a bunch of juice out of it and topped it off with ice. Voila – sugar cane juice. This was really refreshing and so delicious. Adam thought it was overwhelmingly sweet. I found it to be mild. Weird, right? I loved it!

sugar cane juice

What did we do next? Went shopping (and ate) of course! This sounds kind of bad. Seriously we did not just stuff our faces all day, despite what this looks like. The crab didn’t actually have that much meat in it.  At least that’s what I tell myself so I can sleep at night 😉 I clearly do not hold back on vacations 😀

So while gift shopping, we stumbled upon one of many department store food courts…

supermarket "food court"

Adam was SO excited when he saw the octopus ball place (Tony Bourdain had these in his Tokyo episode). He liked them :)

Adam in front of the octopus ball place

I was having serious brownie withdrawals so I got a brownie. This looked amazing but was just ok. Helped with the brownie craving though :)

European style brownie in Asia

And then I saw this yogurt place (conveniently called “The Yogurt Place“). I thought it was frozen yogurt but they were giving out samples and I was so shocked that it was just greek yogurt with lots of mixins.  I didn’t realize how much I missed yogurt so I had to get a little cup of it as well 😀 They should have places like this in the States too. Maybe they do already – do you have one in your part of the country (or the world)?

greek yogurt with chocolate syrup and hazelnut chunks

And then we went back to the Newton hawker center…

back to the Newton hawker center

And had 2 things the locals we met at the cooking class said we absolutely had to try: string ray and oyster omelet.  Both sounded kind of weird, but I insisted that we try them since they were highly recommended… and I’m so glad we did!

Sting Ray shop

sting ray with sambal

Adam digging in

I love sting ray

And so does Adam :)

The sting ray tasted like a very light flaky fish. The sambal over it was really what made the dish special. Actually the sambal tasted just like the one we made so that was pretty cool. If you like fish and ever see string ray on the menu, don’t be afraid of it. Actually I’d even go as far as to say that it’s fish for fish haters – really, it did not taste fishy at all!

Oyster omelette shop

oyster omelette

The oyster omelette was more of a brave move. It was all fried so it didn’t taste bad. In fact it tasted quite nice, especially with that hot sauce on the side, but the texture of the oysters was definitely a little funky. Adam (to his surprise) liked the dish so while he was picking at it, I went to town on the string ray. Ha.

And then there were drinks… :)

We started with a roof top bar called the Loof.  It was conveniently located close to our hotel and we really enjoyed this spot. Roof top bars are the best! 😀

The Loof decor

The Loof bar

The Loof Life: rum, pineapple, lychee, juicy lime chunks and fresh mint springs. Best drink of the trip!

drinking the Loof Life cocktail

It was pouring very lightly outside so the drinks were 2 for 1 (bar policy). We stayed perfectly dry under the roof so this was definitely a bonus.  I didn’t complain though, that’s for sure, and got another one of these babies :)

The Loof Life cocktail

After round 2, we headed to the New Asia Bar at the Swissotel the Stamford.  The place was gorgeous (standby picture from their website since my camera did not do the place justice)…

New Asia bar decor

The Stamford is tallest hotel in the world, so the view from the New Asia Bar was sick 😉

My drink, however, was not :( I got the sangria blanca: fresh orange, lime and lemon muddled with sugar, laced with Patron tequila, Grand Marnier, apricot liquor, and light dry and fruity wine topped with soda. Sounds good, right? Yeah, not so much.

sangria blanca

It’s ok, I probably had enough food and drinks by then and just enjoyed the scenery. It was an excellent last day of the trip. I didn’t want to go back home the next morning!

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10 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - sister inna

    i love all the pics you guys look so happy :)
    i’m totally feeling that summer holiday vibe from looking at these — good thing it’s nice out, otherwise i’d just be jealous instead 😉
    that crab dish looks intense

  • #2 - ttfn300

    wow, more amazing eats! and that The Loof Life sounds incredible :) good bar policy, too!

  • #3 - K

    So many interesting meals!! I’m thinking we need a yogurt place like that here (preferably within a 20 mi radius from my house)!

    I’m glad you guys had such a great time!

  • #4 - Adam

    These posts make me want to go back to Asia – right now! The food was just so incredible, and so different!!

  • #5 - kirwin

    The oyster omelette looks so good. So good, I forgot that the word “oyster” was in there. Eww! ; )

    You look so hot in your little black dress. Check you out!

    And totally off topic, in the top photo of your husband, he looks a little like “E” in the HBO series, Entourage. Super cute!

  • #6 - Elina

    Haha, Kirwin – I hate oysters too – it’s a texture thing. But fried they were ok :) And thanks for the compliment! And I now need to watch Entourage since apparently there is an Adam look-alike there 😉

  • #7 - Dora

    We are small food guide in SG and would like to extract your comment of ‘The Yogurt Place’. Is that alright to use? We will include your site in our little book as well.

  • #8 - Elina

    Dora, it would be no problem to use my quote in your book. What’s the name of the guidebook?

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