Just say the word “Singapore” and all that is synonymous to the city, just comes rushing to my mind relishing “Chilli Crab” by Clark Quay, and off course the infamous drink the “Singapore Sling” at Raffles, Singapore, and off course a ton of Shopping! Singapore is known for its unique food culture which has a strong influence of Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine, and over the years, there have been various interpretations of traditional dishes.
The Singapore National Day is on the 9th of August, a commemoration of the independence of Singapore from Malaysia in 1965. And guess what, we in Bangalore are in luck and will get to savour and relish some of the exquisite Singaporean dishes courtesy “Shiro” at UB City, in association with ExpatLife India. ExpatLife India are expats and NRIs from various countries, living in Bangalore. And the members have taken time out to share some of the ingredients and secret techniques on how their favourite dishes are prepared back home. And the culinary team at Shiro, spearheaded by Chef Priyank Chouhan, has used all of these inputs to re-create some of the authentic flavours for us, so keep reading to know more.
Shiro will be hosting Singapore Food Festival from the 9th to the 14th of August 2016. And to kick start the festivities, we get to celebrate the Singapore National Day, with a special dinner hosted by Ema Trinidad, founder of ExpatLife India on the 9th of August.
I was honored to get a glimpse of what to expect and I got to soak in more about the rich history associated with each of the dishes courtesy the Singaporeans living here in India. This specially curated Singaporean a la carte menu is a food lover’s delight, and you cannot miss this!
What’s in my Glass?
Singapore Sling – is a gin-based cocktail. This long drink was developed sometime before 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, Singapore. You can enjoy a free glass of Singapore Sling with every order of Singapore Chilli Crab.
What’s on my Plate?
Gado Gado Salad – This dish, was very refreshing, and what stood out was the peanut flavour dressing used. It had a lot of crunch from the sprouts and fresh vegetables used, and the baby potatoes just added a lot of texture to the salad.
Singaporean Laksa Soup – This steamy bowl of coconut creamy noodle soup with seafood and lemon grass, was full of flavours and reminiscent of eating on from the streets of Singapore. The prawns were cooked to perfection and slurping on the noodles was just as fun. Highly recommended.
Did you know the Laksa Soup is also called – Curry Mee
Tofu in Chilli Sambal – This dish was very colourful, and will definitely grab the vegetarians attention. This will go well with steamed rice. I liked the punch the spicy tofu dish provided.
Singaporean Style Chicken Satay – Another classic and favorite, is marinated skewers of meat,
Main Course – All dishes are served a la carte, so take your pick!
Singapore Chilli Crab (highly recommended) – This was the pièce de résistance I was anticipating. And Top marks to Chef Priyank Chouhan, you have replicated this dish to its perfection. The Singapore Chilli Crab, is a specialty dish which recommend. It costs approx. Rs 1,950, and can easily be shared by two. Every order of this specialty dish comes with a complimentary glass of the famous Singapore Sling (only on August 9th)
To accompany and make it easy to eat this monster, fear not, you will be well equipped with tools to enjoy the dish in all its glory – I would say use hands and go all out!
Black Pepper Prawns – For the seafood lovers, this occasion just smells gourmet! Take you pick and relish the freshness of the prawns. It is served with a nice tangy salad, that mellows the pepper spice.
Lamb Rendang – Another favorite, and the Chef has recreated this classic dish. Highly recommend best eaten with with steamed rice or steamed bread. The meat is succulent and the marination is just heavenly, you just have to try it.
Stir Fry Cashew Vegetables – Vegetarian gain another pick with this one, fresh and cruchy, again accompanied with steamed rice.
Cashew Chicken – Simple stir fry, with peanut sauce, goes well with steamed rice or bread.
Hainanese Chicken Rice – I am a rice lover and this was just soul food, after gorging on the crab, this was well prepared!
Mi Goreng Chicken & Prawn (Singapore style) – A classic asian dish, you can take your pick with the choice of meat here, the slight spicy were well balanced with the noodles.
Steamed bread or fried bread – the choice is yours I just gorged on the fried bread
This specially curated Singaporean a la carte menu will be available for lunch & dinner from the 9th – 14th August 2016.
To book a table, Call 090660 25211.
To RSVP for the August 9th dinner, Please “click here”
About Shiro – is an award-winning Pan-Asian restaurant. Its signature high ceilings and grand statues epitomize the essence of Shiro – a place where the finest Oriental cuisine and fabulous cocktails, coupled with the elegance and chic of the zen-inspired interiors, present a dining experience like no other. The larger-than-life decor at Shiro has Nature as its muse, with the calming influence of water and the strength of stone creating the perfect soothing ambience to enjoy the culinary delicacies from around East Asia. Shiro will be showcasing a series of curated celebratory dishes from various Asian countries in the months to come. To know more “click here”.
About ExpatLife India – aims to help you have an easier relocation and have an amazing, memorable and meaningful stay in India. As an expat herself, Ema Trinidad (the creator of ExpatLife) truly understands and relates to the challenges expats go through when they relocate to India. With the right friends and advice from the right people, living in India could be an amazing, meaningful and memorable experience. That’s what ExpatLife India is created for.To know more “click here”
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**Disclaimer: Even thou the invite was complimentary, all views expressed are my own.