Singapore! Day 7 – Chilli Crab (Clarke Quay) and Sashimi and Maki ( Robertson Quay)
Since Steve had to go into work this morning, I spent the morning walking around Robertson and Clarke Quays. There wasn’t much to actually see or do, because very few things are open in the morning, but it was nice to wander, rather than sit in the apartment. Mind you, it was seriously crazy hot and humid too!
That walk allowed me to further explore areas Steve had taken me to earlier. So, when he came home shortly after noon local time and suggested we set out for lunch in Clarke Quay, I felt comfortable that I knew where he was heading.
We ended up walking over to Clarke Quay to dine at Jumbo’s Seafood. Our mission that day: take on the Chilli Crab challenge! And, we did.
We were seated with six other people at a table set for four twosomes. One twosome ordered the Chilli Crab, one ordered the Pepper Crab (boiled in black pepper) and one ordered duck (???). Steve ordered us the fried baby squid, stir-fried asparagus (shockingly, cooked in garlic!), and Chilli Crab.
Side note: One of Steve’s coworkers (a Brit) happened upon us on the streets of Singapore and mentioned that I must be Steve’s sister – y’all….we don’t look ANYTHING alike! He’s Italian. I’m Irish-mix. He has green eyes, mine change color daily. He’s dark. I’m not just light, I’m white! And, on from there. However, despite our distinctly different backgrounds and looks, we have an uncanny knack for liking the same things. Very similar tastes and even mannerisms.
Back to Jumbo’s…just as the food was being served, I tied on the provided bib. I’m no dummy! Everyone else at the table (except Steve) wore their bibs too. There was no shame in doing so.
The baby squid were delicious and served with a chile sauce (reminiscent of spring roll sauce). Crispy and easy to eat.
The asparagus was amazing! Bright green, cooked to perfection, and piled atop a delicious garlic sauce. Steve and I found ourselves doing the same thing, pushing the garlic to the corners to try to soak it all up with our asparagus! And, we devoured the veggies!
Then came our Chilli Crab, which is boiled and served in a delicious chilli pepper sauce that is the consistency of a heavy soup or stew.
Steve served me a claw first and I broke the meat out with ease (and no mess!).
I think I impressed us both equally – as I had anticipated wearing the red pepper sauce all over. Granted, my bib was quite covered, but my hands, arms and dress were not! I will say that I tired of using my chopsticks by the end of this meal. It’s so messy that it becomes difficult to use them the whole time – plus, it’s totally appropriate to use your hands and just eat the meat. We proceeded to suck every last piece out of that pot, and then proceeded to eat the sauce by the spoonful.
We certainly did not leave hungry, and we managed to leave clean!
We then set off to Little India to visit the Wet Market – fresh fish, meat and produce vendors galore!
Most of it was closed by the time we weaved our way through Little India, but the stuff that was left was still amazing! The seafood alone would have me visiting several times a week!
We rushed home to beat a rain that never came. Both Steve and I were convinced that it was going to pour, but the threat was idle. Regardless, we used the time to relax and watch “The Hangover 2“, set in Thailand – one of Steve’s favorite places, and one we were going to try to visit, but couldn’t make happen.
Then, off to a small Japanese restaurant, Yume Ya, for sushi dinner. We both had a tough time ordering, because there were so many things we wanted to try! We ended up having Shake (Salmon) sashimi, Kanpachi (yellow tail) sashimi, Spicy Tuna Maki Temaki (spicy tuna roll), Soft Shell Crab Maki Temaki (soft shell crab roll), and the Yumeya Special Maki (house special roll).
The sashimi melted in our mouths – it was so good!
Neither of us were huge fans of the spicy tuna roll, as the flavors were overwhelming since it was topped with a 12 spices blend. The house roll and the soft shell crab rolls were a different story. Both delicious!
We managed to finish all of the food and went home happy! I was especially happy, as I was FINALLY able to pay a bill here. Steve has been so very generous, and I had to sneak one in while I’m here. 🙂
I’m on my own in Singapore Tuesday since Steve has work commitments. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do since we’ve covered so much ground already. But, I’m sure it will be a splendid day 8 on vacation!
If anyone has suggestions, please feel free to chime in as to how I should spend my day!