Singapore is celebrating its 50th year of independence and restaurants are getting into the spirit. Brussels Sprouts has introduced SG50 Mussels Specials, featuring one Asian-inspired sauce starting this month.
I love this month's Nonya Mussels. The shellfish swim in a piquant broth of tamarind, chilli paste, shallots and ginger. The best part is digging into the buah keluak nuts.
Rice would be great as an accompaniment, but you can always smear the black, pungent paste on the fries that come with each order.
A starter portion of mussels, with 350g of the shellfish, costs $20 and a main course one, with 750g of the shellfish, costs $40.
Until the end of December, there is a $50 deal for one main and one starter-sized portion.
One of the pots must include an offering from the SG50 Mussels Specials or an Asian sauce from the regular menu.
Next month, tuck into Crab & Mussels Soup, sort of like shark's fin soup without the fins. The thickened chicken soup has shelled crabmeat, carrots and eggwhite in it. Delicious.
In June, there is Indian Fish Head Curry sauce. Okra and carrots add to the allure and there is coconut milk to thicken the sauce. Oh, for some rice or bread to mop it all up.
July's offering is a little more restrained, but no less delicious. Japanese Miso Sauce, more like a soup, is comforting and there are loads of umami from bonito flakes and seaweed.
Tasmanian mussel juices sweeten every pot, adding extra oomph.
Where: Brussels Sprouts, 01-12, 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, tel: 6887-4344; 01-27 Big Splash, Block F, 902 East Coast Parkway, tel: 6346-4344; & 01-01 Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa
MRT: Clarke Quay/Bedok/HarbourFront
Open: Various times Info: brusselssprouts.com.sg
This article was first published on April 17, 2015.
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