Babies are the simplest form of loving beings! Iggy met a beautiful little Indian girl today here in Singapore. It didn’t matter that they come from wildly different backgrounds or not speak the same language, all Iggy saw in front of her was a little friend who might want to play ‘peek a boo’ and in the courtyard of a packed hawker centre with hundreds of onlookers they became best friends for a solid 5 minutes.
Number 1 rule for Singapore; when in doubt, ask a taxi driver. Each time we took a taxi we were given valuable information about everything from food, shopping, house prices and where the good prostitutes were at…we didn’t actually ask about that but the driver seemed to know an awful lot about it. One question we asked each time was “where is the best place for Singapore chilli crab?”. This is something I have wanted to try for a long time, although I don’t actually know much about it past it containing crab and chilli. Those two ingredients alone are enough for me though.
Each driver gives us a different answer as to the best so we decide to make a list of the restaurants we are given and check out the trip advisor reviews. Once discovering the only people that leave reviews on trip advisor are 70 year old poverty stricken whinging lunatics, we decide to settle on the restaurant that promises the most reasonable prices.
The name of the place we settle on is No Signboard Seafood Restaurant. Apparently the owner started out with a little food stall in one of the hawker centres around town, couldn’t afford a signboard to display his prices so everyone got to know it as No Signboard Seafood. Good story, sounds like bullshit, who cares I’m hungry.
The place is massive and contains enough live seafood tanks to feed all of the biggest loser contestants that have fallen off the wagon for at least 2 meals. I waste no time, don’t even show me the menu. I’ll take a 1kg chilli crab and one of your finest bottles of fermented beverages served in a tall bottle please. At this point I realise Juliet, our 10 year old, won’t eat this if it’s too spicy and Kristina doesn’t eat seafood. I believe I am about to have this entire thing to myself, life has finally stopped kicking me in the guts.
The meal arrives and is nothing like I had expected. In my mind it would be just a crab coated in some sort of chilli paste that flavours the crab while they cook it. I couldn’t have been more wrong. What sits in front of me could easily feed 4 people. It looks more like a huge bowl of tomato soup with a mud crab hidden inside. I have been secretly nervous that this was going to be too spicy for me but as I taste my first mouthful I become all too aware that, as Sporty Spice put it, things will never be the same again.
Every meal I have ever eaten prior to this has been a pile of horse shit. It gently introduces me to the flavour of chilli without ripping apart my oesophagus in the process. I have never known chilli to be so full of flavour without having obnoxious heat.
It is as it looks; a rich tomato based soup/sauce with a strong chilli flavour and shredded crab meat throughout. Drenched in the sauce is the 1kg mud crab broken into pieces. I have never eaten anything like it nor could I compare it to anything I have eaten before. If I were forced to compare it to anything it would be an orgasm, in my mouth…the feeling not the flavour. I’m not trying to describe that it is like someone has had an orgasm in your mouth.
Juliet tries a little but as we thought it’s a little too spicy for her so off I set on my mission to finish the entire meal. The table next to us has ordered the same dish but to share between four. Sucks to be them. It probably takes an hour for me to eat the whole thing. In that time the kids have time to run amuck around the restaurant. Juliet is off with the world’s friendliest staff being handed giant mud crabs in the kitchen,while Iggy tests the load bearing capabilities of the Singapore brand nappies we had bought the day prior. The smell is terrifying but nothing can ruin this moment for me.
I would recommend that going to No Signboard Seafood Restaurant for chilli crab is in itself a good enough reason to travel to Singapore. It was without a doubt the best meal I have ever eaten in my life. What I wouldn’t recommend is eating this meal 6 hours prior to your 8 hour flight home.Unless you are the type of person that enjoys sitting on a spicy hurricane for 8 hours due to your distaste for aeroplane bathrooms.
Just around the corner from where we were staying in Singapore is this crazy street! It has fairy lights as far as the eye can see and is abuzz 24/7 ! Good thing about staying in little India is you can get a freshly made indian curry at 11pm at night! (We got home late from the night safari zoo)
We headed from Little India into the city, well what we thought was the city (Download the FREE trip advisor city map for Singapore, like we should have at the start :P ). By this point the clouds had cleared and boy it was HOT! Easily the hottest day of our entire trip, Singapore packs a punch!
Singapore is a rich city FULL of amazing architecture, greenery is EVERYWHERE! Its a beautiful mix, an urban jungle. Make sure you bring walking shoes/nike airmax as everywhere is worth the walk if you can bare the heat!
Being a long time fan of Jamie Oliver and following his many shows over the years, when we spotting this place in Vivo City (Really big kick ass shopping centre) we knew we had to try it out! A quick look over the menu and we were quite surprised to see the price was quite reasonable, almost on par with some of the fast food joints!
We were seated in a cool both surrounded with wicked travel photography from around Italy. This place has every cool thing ever and you spend a good 5 minutes studying the room before your attention gets brought back to the menu. The kids menu is a slider viewfinder (pictured above, wow what is the name of that thing?) Such a neat idea, Juliet picked the mini sliders, one a beef burger the other a turkey burger served with polenta chips and a salad that is served in a jar that you shake at the table! AH! So exciting!
Steven ordered a truffle risotto as was curious having never tried the infamous truffle every cooking show everywhere likes to cook with!
I got a sausage pappardelle, man, it was just so bloody good! We also had "Olives on Ice" that even I could eat! Was like eating an apple they were so fresh! I also walked up to the table of bread thinking I could help myself and what a wonderful restaurant this was to have bread for me to help myself to when staff came running over explaining that they would do it for me and to take a seat! ha The breads and bright green olive oil were out of this world.. I now GET why Jamie covers everything in THIS olive oil, it tastes totally different to $5 bottle of stuff we get from woolies back home!
This place is SO family friendly, they had stickers and badges plus colouring in bits and pieces.. the girls were thoroughly entertained while we enjoyed a glass of yummy wine!
I think our bill ended up being closer to $100AUS than not but it was worth every penny. Having researched more I know we have a few of these Jamie Italians here in Australia, I will be searching them out next year when we travel locally!