One of my last meals in Singapore was fried chicken, Malay-style.
The fried fish cake was nice and chewy.
This was one of the best examples of nasi lemak I’ve ever had.
Nasi Lemak means ‘fragrant rice’ in Malay. The rice is cooked with coconut milk and pandas leaves. Around the rice was a fried chicken leg, cucumber slices, crackers, fried anchovies, peanuts and a raisin onion sambal. There was also a dollop of chili paste.
Rojak is a famous Malaysian- Singaporean dish I would call a salad. Green mangoes, cucumbers, pineapple, chunks of oil fritter (you tiao)and bananas dressed in a sweet and sour sauce made of banana flowers ( sometimes) sugar, soy sauce and vinegar. It’s also dusted with crushed peanuts.
Last Wednseday I took my girlfriend to Lau Pa Sat, the oldest food court in Singapore.
The satay was chicken, beef and tiger prawns. It was all delicious.
Sometimes Time Out mentions restaurants I might not have heard of and The Quarters was one of them. I went there yesterday. Their acclaimed satay burger has all of the elements of chicken satay; the chicken, the peanut sauce, the rice cake, the shallots and cucumber slices, but fashioned into a burger.
The salted egg-aioli fries were very good.
From Wikipedia :
The fresh fruit and seeds contain hydrogen cyanide and are deadly poisonous if consumed without prior preparation. The seeds are first boiled and then buried in ash, banana leaves and earth for forty days, during which time, they turn from a creamy white colour to dark brown or black. The method relies on the fact that the hydrogen cyanide released by the boiling and fermentation is water-soluble and easily washed out.
The kernels may be ground up to form a thick black gravy called rawon, popular dishes include nasi rawon, beef stew in keluwek paste, and sambal rawon. A stew made with beef or chicken also exists in East Java. The Toraja dish pammarrasan (black spice with fish or meat, also sometimes with vegetables) uses the black keluak powder. In Singapore and Malaysia, the seeds are best known as an essential ingredient in ayam (chicken) or babi (pork) buah keluak, a mainstay of Peranakan cuisine.
The ice cream had an earthy chocolatey, coffee-like, savory flavor. I enjoyed it. It wasn’t overly sweet.
I highly recommend The Quarters. Even though I have less than a month left in Singapore, I will return.