Singapore Savors Seafood

Seafood lovers whet their palates at the Singapore Food Festival

The Singapore Food Festival sponsors a savory slew of dinners, demonstrations, and fairs that feature the country's diverse underwater cuisine throughout the month of July.

More than 50 seafood stalls are stationed at the Singapore Food Festival Village July 13 to 22. With free admission, guests can sample an array of eats, such as chilli crab, Sambal stingray, creamy butter crab, and rojak with prawn paste.

A seafood platter is available for SGD$36.90 (USD$28.90), which presents a smorgasbord of chilli crab, stir-fried live geoduck with asparagus in an XO sauce, crispy-fried prawns tossed with salted egg yolk, deep-fried coral trout, and seafood fried rice.

Seafood Mela, a collection of chef demonstrations, chef seafood cooking competitions, and a Guinness World Record attempt, is taking place July 13 and 14.

The Fish Heads 2012 challenge, sponsored by the Indian Restaurants Association, is attempting to gain a champion title in the Guinness Book of World Records and the Singapore Book of Records for serving the most fish heads ever in one location. The plan is to serve 2,012 fish heads to 2,012 guests.

A Sea-Food and Eat cooking workshop by chef Violet Oon on July 16 will whip up treats for participants to taste, including rice paper spring rolls with prawns, crab meat, and scallops with a hoisin peanut dip and chile sauce, salted egg roe crabs, and angel hair pasta with prawns in a brandy-infused tomato cream sauce. Tickets for the demonstration are SGD$150 (USD$117).

Singapore Food Festival also features the Crave Singapore event series, which includes culinary day cruises and master classes where participants taste fresh seafood and learn how to select the best fish based on its color, texture, and smell.