3 Singaporean Spins on Familiar Favourites You Should Not Miss
Pasta, pizza and sushi are favourite foods anywhere in the world, just like in Singapore. In fact, we love them so much, we have infused local flavours to create our own takes on them. Try these while you’re in town – or you probably won’t get to do so again!
To the uninitiated, otah is a Peranakan specialty made of ground fish meat mashed with coconut milk and spices. Traditionally wrapped in a banana leaf, it is eaten as a snack on its own or as a side dish with rice. Local restaurant chain Sakae Sushi recently unveiled a special menu of otah creations. The otah maki comprises otah, egg omelette and cucumber in a sushi roll; or go for the otah gunkan, which features otah cubes and cucumber on top of sushi rice.
Why try this? If you’ve been sitting on the fence about trying otah because it’s spicy, having it paired with sweet sushi rice neutralises the heat and creates a delicate balance of flavours.
Sakae Sushi outlets dot the island. Find the one closest to you at: http://sakaesushi.com.sg/locator.php
Chilli Crab Pasta
One of Singapore’s top national dishes goes Italian! The Swensen’s chain of restaurants does a mean chilli crabpasta for the adventurous foodies out there. It’s a toss of spaghetti, crabsticks, fish fillet and mushrooms whipped up in its in-house chilli crab sauce. The star of the dish, of course, would be the crispy soft shell crab that sits atop the heap.
Why try this? If you’re missing the crunch in a regular dish of chilli crab, you’ll be happy to munch your way through this one!
Swensen’s restaurants are located around the island. Find the one closest to you at:http://www.swensens.com.sg/singapore
Chicken Satay Pizza
As far as pizza toppings go, it seems as if almost any ingredient works. For a distinctly Singaporean flavour, head to Skinny Pizza for its scrumptious Chicken Satay Pizza made with spice-marinated chicken, pineapple cubes, satay and a medley of vegetables such as romaine lettuce, watercress, Japanese cucumber and cherry tomatoes. Sounds like a mouthful? You’ll chomp through this one in no time at all!
Why try this? Satay as a dish is typically shared in good company. This one ups the ante by placing these succulent chunks of meat on top of a pizza, accompanied with melted cheese. Caring is sharing, so what better way is there to spread the love?
Skinny Pizza has five outlets in Singapore. Check out their website for locations: www.skinnypizza.com.sg