It’s a wonderful thing to hit the weekend again, only three days after the long National Day weekend (come on, we know you totally took the Monday off to have an extended holiday). As the afterglow of Singaporean patriotism quickly fades, we’re here to recommend a few things to check out that will bring you back to one of the things that keep us distinctly Singaporean: food.
Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Level 1, Hall A, B, and C
Back in town for the fourth year running, this three-day gastronomic extravaganza brings back everything you loved about the previous three editions and more. Don’t miss the Dongbei and Sichuan dishes offered by restaurant North, nor the signatures from one Michelin-starred Indian restaurant The Golden Peacock, both of which are here for a one-time-only appearance. Award-winning Miami restaurant Yardbird will also be making its Singaporean debut with a range of Southern favourites, including a 27-hour brined and crispy fried chicken with savoury waffles à la founder John Kunkel’s grandmother. Rest assured the event’s farmer’s market is still a big feature, with its stock of the best and freshest seasonal produce (we spied Japanese musk melons earlier). Get cooking tips from the best chefs, such as Justin Quek, Daniel Boulud, Nancy Silverton, David Myers, Tetsuya Wakuda, and David Thompson, at their demonstrations and workshops. There are also a delightful number of wine vendors, a Singleton Sensorium booth, and an extension of Proof Co’s new concept, EC Proof, sporting over 300 craft spirits, home bar kits, recipe books, and other smart bar pantry items that should have you well-stocked to entertain anytime.
Tickets can be purchased at www.marinabaysands.com/epicurean-market.html
Smoke, Fire & Spice at Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa
Resorts World Sentosa, The Forum, #01-209/14, Singapore 098269
Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa presents a splendid array of ethnic street flavours with its new Smoke, Fire & Spice menu. Drawing inspiration from continents all around the world such as Asia, Africa, and Latin America, this robust grill menu sees plenty of specialty rubs, seasonings and sauces – Kalbi from Korea, North African Charmoula, Barbacoa from Mexico, Yakitori from Japan, Piri Piri from South Africa, and Moroccan Harissa – that can be lathered over any type of fowl, meat or seafood for a hearty and appetising meal.
Tel: +65 6795 7454
National Day Menu at Jamie’s Italian
Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884; or VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #1-165-167, Singapore 098585
In celebration of Singapore’s 51st birthday, Jamie’s Italian is going local with an all-time favourite local delight. Yes, we’re talking about none other than the chilli crab! (Advocates for chicken rice, please don’t hate.) The restaurant presents Jamie’s twist on the meaty Sri-Lankan crab dish, which is wok-fried and then doused in a spicy chilli sauce made from scratch in-house. Consisting of slow-cooked red chilli, white wine vinegar, brown sugar, tomato puree, lemongrass and coriander, this is a sauce that is less sweet and more spicy. The chilli crab experience doesn’t end here of course; a fresh-baked focaccia bread takes the place of the traditional mantou buns, savoury with a touch of spice. This dish will only be available at Jamie’s until this Sunday, so make sure you get in on it before it runs out!
Tel: +65 6655 7676 (Forum) / +65 6733 5500 (VivoCity)
Text: Rachel Ang and Vincent Loh