Saturday, April 21, 2012

Visiting Singapore: Makansutra Gluttons Bay

We hailed a cab to bring us to our next destination, the Makansutra Gluttons Bay. We didn't have the opportunity to try the public transportation in Singapore since it would be difficult with my one-year-old in tow. The taxi fares were way over the top, though. A 5-minute ride will set you back between 10 SGD-11 SGD. That's an astonishing Php 400 for a short 5-10 minute ride.

The Makansutra Gluttons Bay came highly recommended by our friend who lives in Singapore. It's where one can try the sumptuous local cuisine, particularly the best of Singapore street food. And I had long been dying to taste the authentic Singapore Chilli Crab. Its alfresco dining area also provides a wonderful view of the Marina Bay Skyline. So even though it took us around 30 minutes to get a table, it was well worth the wait. 

Sampling the authentic fare coupled with a breathtaking view of the city's most famous landmarks is truly the quintessential Singapore experience.

We ordered the Singapore Chilli Crab with deep fried buns, Yang Chow Fried Rice, Cereal Shrimps, Garlic Prawns and the refreshing Sugar Cane Juice.

And at first bite, true to its reputation, the Singapore Chilli Crab instantly secured the top spot on my list of favorite seafood dishes. The sauce just goes absolutely perfect with the crab. And even though it's quite messy to eat, I wouldn't have it any other way. Incredibly delicious!

Singapore Chilli Crab, 28 SGD (Php 1000). Quite reasonable. Live (uncooked) crabs are sold at the same price at our very own "Dampa" (local hawker restaurants in the Philippines) .

The deep fried buns which is customarily served with the Singapore Chilli Crab never really got my attention. The Yang Chow Fried Rice is to be blamed. The Chilli Crab and the fried rice were made to complement each other. Just can't have one without the other.

Fried Mantou Buns, 6 SGD (Php 210).

Yang Chow Fried Rice, 12 SGD (Php 410).

The Cereal Shrimps, which is quite popular in Singapore, is not really my cup of tea. I like my shrimp with a little bit more juice. I just think it adds more depth of flavor. But I can understand why some people would go crazy over this. The sweet and crunchy cereal coating just makes this irresistible!

Cereal Shrimps, 25 SGD (Php 860).

The Garlic Prawn is good and I would have had more if not for its heavy price tag. The price is per piece but totally worth it. The flavor of the garlic and the savory butter is spot on. Fabulously great!

Garlic Prawn, 8 SGD per piece (Php 280).

We're already too full to have room for dessert. That's why the Sugar Cane Juice is the perfect way to end this splendid meal. It's sweet and totally refreshing. My husband like his with a slice of lemon but I still prefer the traditional plain "tubo" (sugar cane) juice that I grew up drinking in Manila's Chinatown.

Sugar Cane Juice, 3 SGD (Php 110).

On our last day, I even went back to this place to have my fill of amazing Singapore food that I will surely miss. Talking about it now only makes me want to fly 1500 miles for more. Now I know the meaning of "dream-about-it" good!

Makansutra Gluttons Bay
Esplanade Mall
8 Raffles Ave
Singapore 039802

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