Last night I again met up with Tm-Yi along with her sister and partner, at Satay By the Bay and they treated me to a must-have Singapore meal.
Satay was essential but it was the chilli crab that took pride of place.
Mud crabs are commonly used and are stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and savoury tomato-and-chilli-based sauce.
Despite its name, chilli crab is not a very spicy dish, though you can request your preferred spice level.
One of the few problems with travelling alone is that if you don’t find someone to go out for dinner with, it can be difficult to try some of the traditional delicacies… unless you take a monster appetite and are prepared to be wheeled out of the restaurant.
(Previous mishaps have included Peking Duck, an afternoon tea where sufficient for four people was served, three bowls of dumplings instead of one… and they’re just the ones that immediately spring to mind).
There is no way I’d have been ordering that alone and if I had, I wouldn’t have had room to try all the other lovely food we ate: aubergine in a rich sauce, satay – beef, chicken and pork, fish smoked in pandan leaves, pineapple rice and cereal prawns.
I thought I’d misread the last one Tm-Yi assured me I hadn’t: giant king prawns prepared in a sticky cornflakes coating.
After the meal, it was off to watch the Supertrees Light Show which, for this show was performed to opera classics. Tm-Yi told me that it’s different music every night.
It was spine tingling.
The Supertree Grove wasn’t at all crowded. It’s usually much busier.
From here, we went to a bar at the top of the Marina Bay Sands… I may have already seen the view from the 42nd floor in the Central Business District but tonight, I was taking in the view from the 57th.
Most of the entrances were closed and entry was firmly controlled to allow for temperature screening of everyone entering the building.
From the Public Health geeky point of view, I’d be interested to see if these approaches have had any impact on influenza rates.
The view from the top was incredible. It was a stunning night and a superb girls’ night out.