Singapore’s modern cultural food heritage is perhaps the ubiquitous food centre where stalls featuring cuisines of all kinds are blended together. From the local favourites of Hainanese Chicken Rice, to the definite Char Kway Teow stall, or as I discovered yesterday at Rasapura Masters, Marina Bay Sands, regional favourites like Thai Mango Salad and even Phillipino cuisine of Grilled squid and pork belly, the food court is like a gigantic cauldron of varying tastes and delight.
For Rasapura Masters, Marina Bay Sands latest addition to their list of pedigree gastronomical delights, the food court is recreated with the fine artisan skills of 22 regional food masters and stalls. And keeping to a true food court’s standard of prices, dishes served are both affordable and worth it. Of course, for those who don’t mind going the distance in the establishment, popular restaurants such as the Song of India and Tong Chiang Clay Pot Restaurant, and their specialties are out to delight at a slightly higher price.
The mix of food stalls is well varied. And I was very keen to try out dishes which are not so commonly discovered.
Oriental Delights from the creators of Noodlestar, one of the key highlights with their very own noodle chef, rolling and spinning every strand of noodle in seconds.
The dish of King Prawn Noodles ($12.50) with a gigantic prawn topped standing on the noodles, is very well done. Noodles were fresh to the bite with every strand being smooth, not floury, and a very good carrier of the spicy sour chilli sauce draped all about it. And the huge prawn was a presentation itself. Red and shiny, the prawn looked exceptionally juicy with the noodles. A visual feast in itself.
And if Korean food is up your alley, you might also want to check out the Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup ($19.50) from Hyang To-Gol Korean Restaurant. A stonepot serving of the hearty broth comes stock full of tender chicken halves and chunks of ginseng root littered with glutinous rice for added sweetness and viscosity. More gruel-like than the refined clear version, the soup is a meal in itself.
Gerry’s Grill from the Phillipines make its Singapore debut at Rasapura Masters. With BBQ-ed delights on the menu, look out for servings of marinated squid and pork belly. For the pork belly, the marinade is well infused. Each piece hints of the sweet marinade that develops with different flavours throughout the various layers. Dip it in the salty sour and spicy bbq sauce developed by the stall and savoury notes are well accented with a touch of hotness. A La Carte ($10.95) Set ($8.95).
The squid itself is cooked perfectly, leaving a smooth nutty sweet texture and flavour to each ring. Pair that with the marinade and the seafood is cloaked in a gentel smoky fragrance. A La Carte ($12.95) Set ($8.95) Phillipine cuisine lovers rejoice!
Heading to desserts, unique regional creations like a nutty multi coloured bandung flavoured ice shave and even the naturally sweet beetroot pudding are dishes not to be found elsewhere in a local food court. Tasty and refreshing? I leave it as a personal discovery.
San De Vegetarian Food
Mei Xi’s Yong Tau Foo
Jia Le Roasted Food
Rasapura Masters surrounds a synthetic ice skating ring. Due to open end of the year =)
A whole spectrum of culinary delights await anyone who visits. And Rasapura Masters is open 24hours to cater to the craving needs of all guests. One might think that a food court is a food court, but for the lasting impression from a bowl of deftly made noodles, it is hard to deny that the food is good. Rasapura Masters, a hallmark of a Singapore icon – the foodcourt.
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Many thanks to Shiwani and Venetia, Marina Bay Sands, for the invitation.
Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue Opens 24 hours