Saturday, January 26, 2013

Epicurean Market - A Taste of Marina Bay Sands

Marinated botan shrimp with sea urchin and caviar

OK, admittedly part of the reason why we came to the Sands Expo today was because of the inner groupie in me: MBS grabbed a number of their celebrity chefs from their restaurants upstairs to headline the show. But sitting through their workshops wasn't exactly my reason for coming here either. Instead, it was because they were doing food and wine sampling - cool! That shrimp with caviar above was from Waku Ghin's booth. It didn't use a sea urchin's spiny body as a serving vessel like they do at the proper restaurant, but it was still among my favorites today.

Murgh Makhani Bouches

Other memorable items included Guy Savoy's artichoke and truffle soup, as well as Wolfgang Puck's wagyu sliders. And as a bonus, Daniel Boulud was there in person, while Nancy Silverton was standing behind the Mozza booth too. Of course, the floor included many other vendors (even if many of them tended to be from the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands), including Pita Pan, Caffé B, and Punjab Grill, where that "butter chicken tart" pictured above came from. I was disappointed that the chicken wasn't baked in; they basically just scooped some out of a catering trough into that shell, but it was still tasty.

Jamón Ibérico

Alas, I'm not sure if I'll return next year. The atmosphere just wasn't there, as it was held in the convention center, making it feel more like a cold industry trade show rather than a food festival (cue flashbacks from the Singapore Beer Festival!). Actually, some of the booths along the outskirts of the venue almost seemed like some of those nasty food shows that they have out at Changi Expo from time to time. Well, not all of them; thankfully Culina was there, where we grabbed this delicious 20g plate of jamón ibérico.

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