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!
Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino
(032) 232 6888 local 8605
8 August – 6 September 2014