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Foreign Grocery Friday: The BBQ Stingray of Singapore

Where: Singapore
March 16, 2012 at 6:18 PM | by | ()

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

Singapore is a melting pot. It's a melting pot of cultures, a melting pot of architecture styles and, most awesomely, a melting pot of FOOD. When you talk about dishes that are distinctly Singaporean however, you must talk about BBQ Stingray in sambal sauce. Sure, Singapore loves to BBQ other meats and seafood as well, but cooked stingray over charcoal served up slathered in the spicy chili paste—that's often the goal of evening food quests at infamous hawker centres.

The taste: This was our first time ever eating stingray, and we had it at two very different venues, far from each other in Singapore. In both cases, the consistency was thick as a porkchop, but ribbed on the underside. Such a fun texture, and excellent for catching the sambal sauce.

Prepare for spiciness. The aforementioned sauce almost drowns out the flavor of the stingray completely, which is like a dull scallop. still peeling up each piece from the fin (which is properly presented on a broad banana leaf) allows you control how much sauce goes on it. We advise you to slather it, but not shovel it. YUMMY.

The price: Around 12 SGD ($9.55) for a medium portion, which was enough to satisfy us as a dinner entree.

Where to find it: Hawker centres around Singapore. Specifically we tried it at the famous Chomp Chomp hawker centre, after taking the subway to a bus to what definitely felt like a suburban neighborhood. Worth it. Following this, we had it in the food court of the Marina Bay Sands Mall, which is designed to be like a hawker centre. Obviously Chomp Chomp had the better ambience and flavor, but MBS was very convenient.

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]

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