|Silverseas' Silver Discoverer in drydock|
|Don't let the modest nature of an eatery put you off.|
If the locals are there and happy, you should be too!
|Curry Chicken, Okra, Roti, & Rice|
But the air became thick with humidity and the skies darkened, so I headed back to Raffles Hotel for a rest before the skies opened...but I wasn't the only one thinking that. Getting a taxi was a bit of a challenge, but I did get one! And boy was I glad, as the skies opened with a few huge cracks of thunder!
|True Blue Restaurant|
The waitstaff is quite attentive, but my waiter was both very helpful in navigating the menu and in pushing certain dishes. He did mention, not too subtly, that certain dishes were enjoyed by Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern, René Redzepi (the chef/owner of Noma), etc. who have dined here. After completing my education and our friendly negotiations, it was time to eat!
The first dish was the star of the evening. It is called Ayam Buah Keluak (Chicken with Black Nut). It is a very rich, earthy and spicy dish that focuses on the black nut; actually the nut of the Kepayang Tree.
|Buah Keluak (Black Nut)|
|Ayam Buah Keluak (Chicken with Black Nut)|
It may not look appetizing, but the smell and flavors are incredible
I have never tasted anything like it. Earthy, spicy, hot and, somehow, comforting. I did not notice, until after a few mouthfuls, that the top of my head was in "full spicy sweat mode".
Next up was Crayfish in Spicy Paste. It looked great and was cooked perfectly, but honestly I should have had that first as the flavors of my first course just overpowered it.
|Crayfish in Spicy Paste|
|Kari Ikan (Fish with Vegetable Curry)|
My last dish was designed to cool everything down, Banana Flower and Cucumber Salad. Again, fantastic and refreshing flavors.
|Banana Flower and Cucumber Salad|
As I walked back to Raffles Hotel I could not help but think back on my culinary and cultural time here in Singapore. Pretty incredible in so many ways...as is the respect and celebration of so many cultures in one small place. Yes, there are some tensions, but somehow the cultural politeness of the people of Singapore helps them navigate their differences for the betterment of their country.
Now, what about that Silversea Expedition cruise on the Silver Discovererer!