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Jan 11, 2009 07:28 PM

Singapore Food Trip

going to singapore over chinese new year, and am looking for the best places for the following: 1) pepper crab; 2) chili crab; 3) italian; 4) fish head curry; 5) french bistro; 6) snails in black bean sauce cantonese style; 7) nasi lemak; 8) indian bone marrow; 9) anything else you think worth trying.

i am a big fan of makansutra, but am looking for suggestions from chow hound bloggers, as i have found this is to be the best and most informative foodie website thus far.

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    1. Just returned from S'pore last night. Forget what you have read in tour books. I met a great cab driver Mr Chew who gave me a culinary tour of the whole island for 6 hours at a very reasonable price just mention to him the Malaysian woman he took around in Dec. Singaporeans consider themselves to be an econnoisseurs. One who insists on the highest quality at the lowest price. He can be contacted at Cell phone (65) 9696-5003 He knows where to find great Chinese , Nonya, Indian and Malay restaurants, food courts and stalls. But not non-Asian.
      For Italian , Garibaldi 36 Purvis St Don't miss the Wagyu beef carpaccio with parmigiano cheese. Or the Rucola which is slivers of unctuous beef that just melts on your tongue. They have five course set meal at $88 S'pore dollars or a three course set lunch menu at $ 38 SD that changes every Thursday. French Au Petit Salut 40C Harding Road Try such favorites oven baked burgundy snails with tomato and garlic butter. Other places worth trying Crystal Jade palace restaurant in a mall at 391 Orchard Road phone 6735 2388 this is a chain based in H.K. but they make great Cantonese classics. Try the stewed quail with mushroom in abalone soup and the pan-fried cod in a honey sauce. This place is great after a day of shopping but expect a long queue in the evening. Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant 214 Joo Chiat road (which is loaded with restaurants) for the best nonya I have ever had. Phone 6344-2761.
      For crab in various styles Mellben seafood Block 232 on Ang Mo Kio Ave # 3 Ph 6285 6762 open daily 5pm to 10:30 pm Get the Crab Bee Hoon soup , butter crab , pepper crab which is my favorite and the chili crab. Every visit to S'pore I always go here.
      The best deal in S'pore is the Singapore Tourist Pass which unlimited subway aka MRT and bus for 1, 2 or 3 days. I love curry puffs , Tip Top a stall that sells great puffs about 5 min walk from Ang Mo Kio mrt station. Or Old Chang Kee which has two locations on Orchard road Now for the bad news going to Singapore during Chinese New Year means that some restaurants might close the first two or three days of CNY. You must visit a Bengawan Solo which makes Malay cakes called Kueh they have over 35 locations islandwide. If you have anymore questions let me know.

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      1. re: ms malaysia

        hi ms malaysia, thx for posting. i just checked the menu on au petit salut and it looks fabulous. also as i am a big fan of crab, your recommendation on melben seafood sounds good as well.

        wow you must be from malaysia and yet guan hoe son is the best nyonya you've ever had? thats a big statement! i'm there.

      2. This isn't on your list of dishes to try, but if you can get a reservation, I'd recommend Buko Nero, a hole in the wall with only eight tables run by a husband and wife team. It serves fusion food, and I'd recommend the tau kwa tower as a starter for sure. Link:

        As for fish head curry, I'd recommend Ocean Curry Fish Head which is a chain of coffee shops. There's one in Amoy Street (near Tanjong Pagar). You can find out more via this link:

        As for French, Saint Pierre is arguably the best French restaurant in Singapore, and quite possibly one of the priciest. The chef, Emanuel Stroobant, has won a number of awards, and has a number of other restaurants as well, so you might want to check on whether one of them suits your budget and preferences more. Link:

        In fact, I'd recommend using HungryGoWhere to check out a restaurant prior to your going there.

        Hope that helps!

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        1. re: raistlyn

          hi raistlyn, thx very much for ur response. i've heard of buko nero, but haven't had the oppty to visit. both ocean curry and st pierre sound great. and thx for the hungrygowhere website. very helpful.