Rain might have disrupted plans to visit the duck restaurant, but I can still show you the food court, the other main place we eat at and pack food back to the hotel whenever we visit. My cousin, Kelly, and his family, sometimes tag along and they enjoy dinners here too 🙂 What can I say? Singaporeans are born and bred foodies after all 😛
Dotted with stalls selling a variety of local seafood, meat and vegetable dishes, the food court is popular with tourists and locals alike. It can be hard to decide what to eat when there’re so many options available! Outdoor seating is especially pleasant in the evenings. The breezes are so strong that sometimes menus and paper plates, still stained with remnants of food and sauces, are sent flying.
The place is packed on weekend nights. During this visit, we managed to finish our shopping early and bagged a choice table in front of the large screen before hungry hordes arrived.
A must-try is the live mantis shrimp. According to a Hong Kong general manager of the now-defunct Noble House restaurant back in Singapore, Cantonese establishments serve the freshest live seafood steamed; only dead ones are deep fried to disguise the lack of freshness. Ever since then, I only ever order steamed seafood if stall or restaurant owners are Chinese.
Mantis shrimps have a naturally sweet taste and the clear briny broth with egg white, julienned ginger and carrot is fantastic spooned over white rice. We weren’t too happy with stall owners who fleeced us when we ordered some fries. $3.50 is too much to pay for a small plate of them when the potatoes aren’t as nice as MacDonald’s once they’re cold. You’re better off ordering fries at your hotel. Don’t say you weren’t warned 😛
Dinner on our first night was excellent. The stall was generous with the chopped dried shrimp which they used to cook our sambal okra. It is perfect with white rice. Eat it alone and your mouth is on fire after a few mouthfuls. Beer lovers like us will like the omelette with shrimps, onions and slices of chilli, drenched in brown gravy.
Fried fish and roasted chicken for lunch on day 2 were poor substitutes for what we could’ve had at the duck restaurant, but I’m just happy that we didn’t need to go hungry.
I hardly look out of hotel windows, but hubster beckoned just before the downpours started on day 2. Swollen dark clouds made Batam look gloomy yet so beautiful at the same time. I couldn’t resist capturing it for posterity.