I've been swamped at work, and trying to get over a bad cold, and have many other excuses, but suddenly woke up this morning and realized I leave on my trip to Raja Ampat, Indonesia in two weeks!
This will be the trip of a lifetime, most of it spent on a boat in remote ocean areas (although if anyone has suggestions for places to eat in Manado or Sorong, I am all ears!). It will also be my first trip to Asia, which seems inexcusable at my age..
Anyway, am starting the trip with a four day layover in Singapore, and will also have about 20 hours there on my way home. I plan to do a lot of eating in hawker centers, and am gathering the great suggestions from the board.
But have one specific request and need advice: I am going to be meeting my ship mates in Singapore the last night I am there (most of them are old friends), and they'd like a group dinner, which I volunteered to arrange. I suggested Cantonese, because my impression is that the quality of Cantonese food is higher than even what we can get in the SF Bay Area where most of us live or are from (did I get that wrong?), and everyone likes the idea. Personally, I'd love a very good rendition of Peking Duck, and there have been several requests for pork, since we won't get it on the boat. I'd love good scallops and seafood, although that we do hope to get in Raja Ampat. The only strict food restriction is absolutely no shark's fin, as we are a group of divers (who love to see sharks underwater). The folks I know in the group love good food and are reasonable adventurous eaters in general.
But there is a catch. While I had in mind a higher end place, the group has decided that the budget should be no more than around $30 US per person, partially motivated by the opinion of the one member of our group who has visited Singapore that good food there = cheap. Don't think I am going to change her mind. I've tried to do some research, but most of the places that would otherwise fit the bill seem to be more $ than that.
Any suggestions? There will be 8 to 10 of us, and we are all staying in the Central area, near City Hall, and walking distance would be great though we'd be open to cabbing it to somewhere good. Other Chinese cuisine suggestions also welcome if good Cantonese on a budget won't work. I'd prefer to make a reservation, although I will have two or three days to do so once I get there if that is enough lead time. The evening of our dinner will be a Thursday night.
Thanks for any ideas!
The rest of my time in Singapore I will likely be wandering around by myself...would love any suggestions for can't miss food options, particularly for dumplings, and for izakaya or other Japanese, an/or also for an AC lunch near the Bird Park....