Asian cuisine is representative of regional favourites that depict the very life of the people in the past, present and future tenses. More so, their tradition and culture also plays an integral role. Coupled with local ingredients used to create a most delicious masterpiece, every dish becomes an identity that verily represents the region in its totality.
A recent visit to Singapore, through the initiative of Resorts World Sentosa, further enlightened my eyes and palate to the wonderful world of cuisine. With a great, big hawker style hall that shelters regional Asian favourites, one need not travel far and wide to taste authentic cuisines. No more far, far away moments; only moments of the here and now.
Malaysian Food Street is an exciting gustatory place that needs no introduction. A stylish hawker style dining destination located at Sentosa, Singapore, it was created with an old-town vibe.
Loaded with sensical reminders of magnificent Malaysian culture and tradition, it is a best place to savour and explore regional cuisines without crossing the border. True enough, the depiction of the finest and authentic of Malaysian dishes from around the Peninsula are nothing but on point.
For now, let me be a palate hero and have you salivating on some of their delish dishes. Malaysian Food Street is located at Waterfront, Level 1, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore. Makan Gembira, royals!
Considered a most popular Malaysian dish, this plateful has all the elements of a great gustatory experience. This rice-based meal is packed with crunch, aroma, depth and texture that surprises even the most experienced palate. This plateful is composed of coconut milk and pandan steamed rice, crunchy ikan bilis, savoury peanuts, sliced juicy cucumber, hard boiled egg and the paste that binds them all, sambal.
Chicken Satay and Peanut Butter Sauce
Skewered succulent meat pieces chargrilled to perfection, each cooked satay is guaranteed to add a layer of happiness to the self. Accompanied by a hearty satay sauce of ground peanut, water and spices, the skewered pieces are served with slices of fresh cucumber and red onion. This delicate yet flavorful fave will have you reaching for nasi himpit in no time.
Likened to our puso, the nasi himpit is compressed coked rice cut into pieces. Normally wrapped in leaves or coconut fronds, the rice is boiled and cooked until it fluffs and fills the crafted case. Usually eaten cold, pieces of nasi himpit are dipped or drenched with gravy or topped with satay peanut sauce. If you opt to eat it warm, traditionally, it is served dunked in soup.
Malay cuisine is rich in stir-fried noodles that has since become staples in celebrations or every day munchings. Various versions represent the different communities, cities, towns and villages to which the dish originated. More often, utilising local ingredients on the dish, thus giving it its identity.
Char Kway Teow
Literally translates to ‘stir-fried ricecake strips’, the Char Kway Teow is a staple everytime I visit Singapore and Malaysia (minus the pork, of course). This fragrant noodles fried in aromatic soya sauce is packed with meat and seafood pieces thus giving this a bolder flavour and taste. Best eaten hot off the wok, at times, I add a spritz of lemon to elevate the texture and depth of the dish. Personally, I love this with a bit of sambal on the side.
Fried Hokkien Mee
Hokkien mee is a favourite dish in Singapore and Malaysia. This stir-fried noodle, like the Char Kway Teow, is more than enough to keep you happy and satisfied everytime you take a bite. The Fried Hokkien Mee at the Malaysian Street Food has a dark undertone from the sauce but still has that fragrant aroma and succulent look that’s sensically enticing. And very delish too!
Thank you, Resorts World Sentosa and Hard Rock Hotel for the warm welcome and love. See you soon…est!