8 Unusual Foods in Singapore
2013-03-28
Wanna win free movie tickets? It's real easy, we promise. Read on to find out more. Food from all over the world can be found right here in Singapore. Sure, we have our own local fare to marvel at, but with this foreign culinary influence – and not to mention the countless number of creative minds working in the kitchen – wacky, out-of-the-ordinary creations are bound to pop up out of nowhere every once in a while. When we say unusual, we’re not talking about weird animal parts (well, not entirely anyway). Here are eight of Singapore’s most unique dishes which feature odd ingredient combinations and uncommon cooking techniques or in other words, stuff you don’t see every day.
1. “Kopi” Crab
Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant | Gardens by the Bay
Move aside chilli crab, “kopi” crab has arrived! This unusual combination of coffee and crustacean is the brainchild of Chef Yong Bin Ngen of Majestic and Jing restaurant. Using three types of coffee beans and all sorts of other sweet stuff like apple jam, coffee liqueur and fruit juice for the sauce, you could say the “kopi” crab ($50+ to $60+ depending on market price) tastes something like caramelised popcorn.
2. Prawn Noodles with Strawberry Sauce
Noodle Around | Bugis CUBE
We all have a fixed notion of how prawn noodles should look and taste, but the Prawn Noodles with Strawberry Sauce ($10.80) at Noodle Around is clearly an exception. Created by culinary legend Chef Jack Teo, pioneer of the famous Adam Road Prawn Noodle, this linguine pasta dish is served with strawberry chunks (we’re not sure where the strawberry sauce part comes in) and juicy prawns. This savoury, sweet and slightly acidic creation plays with the palate – worth a shot if you’re curious. 3. Chocolate Eggs Benedict
Au Chocolat | Marina Bay Sands
The Au Chocolat Benedict ($18) is actually Eggs Benedict. Everything about this dish is normal, except for the hollandaise sauce which is infused with – you guessed it – dark chocolate, as well as red wine. Breakfast is served all day at Au Chocolat so you don’t have to wake up early to find out what this wacky Eggs Benny tastes like. Oh, and this isn’t the only unusual savoury/sweet thing on the menu, there’s Roast Pork Belly ($29) with raspberry and apple sauce and their salads are drizzled with chocolate balsamic vinaigrette.
4. Cookies and Milk
Saveur | Purvis Street
Nope, that isn’t foam or lather – that’s what molecular gastronomy looks like. Saveur’s Cookies and Milk ($9.90+) dessert is topped with milk froth, covering the real gems hidden beneath it – a mishmash of Pop Rocks candy, cookie dough ice cream, peanut butter, kirsch and plenty more sweets… this one’s gonna take you to candy heaven and back.
5. Fruit Juice Mee Siam
Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa | Hong Lim Food Centre
Yes, it’s real – mee siam with fruit juice. Run by a friendly couple, this stall in Hong Lim Food Centre has been around for several years now and has received heaps of media attention. You can choose from three sizes: $3 for the smallest, $4 for the medium, and $6 for the biggest (comes with crayfish too). You can tell it’s different just by looking at the colour of the gravy – it’s extra light. As for the taste, the zest hits you instantly but isn’t overpowering at all. You can go on and on guessing the fruit juice used; the owners will never reveal their secret! 6. Fried Rice with Dragonfruit
Little Saigon | Clarke Quay
The main ingredients of Com Chien Trai Thanh Long ($16) are chicken and prawns, but the special side of dragonfruit cubes steals the limelight. Including something healthy like greens and fruits is typical of Vietnamese cuisine, and if you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and mix the fruity cubes in with the rice.
7. Claypot Crocodile Paw
Crocodile Kingdom | Old Airport Road Food Centre
Crocodile Kingdom sells crocodile-everything, from XO Crocodile Skin to Sambal Kang Kong Crocodile Meat and even Crocodile Penis Soup (YIKES). According to OpenRicer, NomNomNom, “The [crocodile paw] skin was thick and tasted like sea cucumber while the meat was a little tough. If I didn't know any better, I would have thought that it was chicken!” – spoken like a true blue gutsy foodie.
8. Salted Egg Yolk Ice Cream
Tom’s Palette | Shaw Towers
You’d be surprised at the number of odd ice cream flavours sold in Singapore, but we could only pick one this time round (for the rest, read this!). Said to be inspired by Hong Kong’s famous custard bun (liu sha bao), Tom’s Palette’s Salted Egg Yolk Ice Cream ($3.20/small) is a hot favourite which most say tastes just like the egg yolk found in mooncakes. It’s not as salty as you think, and is creamier than expected.
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