Melting Pot, a Singapore & Malaysia food fest

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Singapore laksa was just delicious, spicily good and memorable!
Singapore laksa was just delicious, spicily good and memorable!

The highly respected, Chef Low
The highly respected, Chef Low
One top reason that I love about Singapore and Malaysia? FOOD. Glorious food!

Be it in hawker centers, hole in the wall or at chic restaurants, I love exploring these two countries for its gastronomic offerings. Now, at a limited time, Waterfront Cebu’s Uno Restaurant brings the flavors and tastes of Singapore and Malaysia in a unique gastronomic feast entitled MELTING POT!

I was just elated when the invite came as I missed so much the food of these two countries and feasted on the authentic flavors. There was Hainanese chicken rice complete with the different dips and sauces, bakuteh was flavorful and well received by the other guests.

Pork satay (also beef and chicken too) with peanut sauce was available at the grill station while popular Singaporean style chili crab was toned down in spiciness for the Filipino palate. I did love the pan fried chicken wrapped in roti with its curry sauce. The beancurd with minced pork was also good and flavorful.

But there were two dishes that really stood out: the Singaporean style laksa with big bihon noodles was just so good. The spiciness was intense that I liked the kick as the soup went down. The curry and creaminess of the coconut milk was just right. The shrimp was also tender and fresh. I would have had a second helping if I weren’t so full already.

The second dish that had me going back for more and heaping praises to it is the Singaporean style pork belly. Just imagine, a well flavored pork with a respectable layer of fat and edged with oh, so crispy skin! It wasn’t greasy! It was a very memorable dish that even until now, I’m still imagining the taste, texture and crunchiness! Crack! The skin goes!

Not far behind are the delicious desserts. I got curious with the dadar gulung, a delicious pancake with sweetened coconut meat and syrup as a filling. But I did like very much the soft and gelatinous kue lapis, which was more akin to our own sapin-sapin, a glutinous rice cake with layers of different colors.

But too bad, they didn’t include drinks, of which, the rose bandung, my favorite, should have been a featured drink.

Do check out Melting Pot at Waterfront Cebu!

Melting Pot, Waterfront Cebu's offering of delicious Singaporean and Malaysian cuisine every Friday and Saturday, 8 August - 6 September, at Uno. Only P995 per person.
Melting Pot, Waterfront Cebu’s offering of delicious Singaporean and Malaysian cuisine every Friday and Saturday, 8 August – 6 September, at Uno. Only P995 per person.
Singapore style pork belly was one of the dishes that I loved. Crunchy and flavorful.
Singapore style pork belly was one of the dishes that I loved. Crunchy and flavorful.
Satay with peanut sauce
Satay with peanut sauce
Indian style pan fried chicken with delicious curry sauce
Indian style pan fried chicken with delicious curry sauce
Beancurd with minced pork
Beancurd with minced pork
Singaporean chili crabs!
Singaporean chili crabs!
Just four of the many desserts available. Clockwise from top right: Kue lumpur, Singaporean style coconut moist cake; Bubur cha cha, fruit salad; dadar gulung , singaporean style coconut pancake roll and kue lapis, layered rice cake
Just four of the many desserts available. Clockwise from top right: Kue lumpur, Singaporean style coconut moist cake; Bubur cha cha, fruit salad; dadar gulung , singaporean style coconut pancake roll and kue lapis, layered rice cake

Melting Pot
Uno Restaurant
Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino
(032) 232 6888 local 8605
8 August – 6 September 2014
P995/person

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

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