One of the biggest events for the world’s favourite sporting activity – watching soccer that is –is well on its way! As foodies, our allegiance definitely still lies with what goes into the tummy, but we cannot help wanting to join in the festivities. So in the true spirit of food lovers, we’re giving the spotlight to some of the best Coca-Cola and spicy food meal pairings:
1. Spicy drumlets
Conventionally known as ‘buffalo wings’ in the United States ,the tangy and spicy goodness of this bar grub goes well with soccer matches: a bite of the wings and a sip of ice-cold Coca-Cola leaves a tingling sensation on the taste buds that is sure to excite the senses. You will likely not stop at just one.
At Wings World,the wings or drumlets ($7.95 for six pieces) are served fried, mixed with Cayenne pepper hot sauce and vinegar. There are also other variations, like the one at Timbre@The Art House,which is tossed in tom yum paste and chilli powder for an oriental kick ($15). To challenge your spice threshold, head to Sunset Grill & Pub for its levels one through to ten wings ($17.50 - $32.50 for six pieces).
2. Tom yum soup
This fiery soup should be one that is familiar to most locals. It packs a punch with its distinct hot and sour flavours. There is nothing quite like downing hot soup then drinking a huge gulp of refreshing Coca-Cola to wash down the flames.
Aloy Thai serves the fragrant tom yam seafood soup in an earthern bowl ($7.50). Those who want something tamer can head to the classic Thai restaurant, Thanying Restaurant at Amara Hotel for a milder chicken tom yum ($10) with a creamier mouthfeel.
3. Sambal char-grilled dishes
The smoky aroma of chargrilled food, combined with the spiciness of sambal is perfect to kick off any match. Get pumped for the games over sambal stingray, sambal sotong and sambal kang kong with aromatic slices of onions and lime juice. In the midst of the joy, what better way than to toast together with cups of Coca-Cola; it will add a sweet note to the meal while keeping the tongue-numbing spicy sambal dishes under control.
New Ubin Seafood Restaurant has a pretty mean renditions of the sambal kang kong ($8-$16) and sambal shellfish ($9-$20), which you can have on the side of their much raved about steak and beef fat fried rice. Lai Huat Seafood Restaurant dishes out an amazing plate of sambal pomfret topped with dry sambal ($28-$42).
Just thinking about the thick broth of this dish, infused with creamy coconut milk and curry with a dollop of sambal chilli to taste, makes my mouth water. Curry laksa is one of the most popular local dishes and is often served with fishcake, cockles, beancurd puffs, boiled egg, and prawns for an explosion of flavours and textures with every mouthful. A gulp of chilled Coca-Cola helps to cleanse the palate a little and you are ready for your next mouthful of the spicy fragrant broth.
While everyone has their favourite laksa store, one of the most well-known of the laksa sellers is 328 Katong Laksa which popularized eating laksa with only the spoon ($4 a bowl). If you want somewhere air-conditioned, Old School Delights cooks the dish using a yummy family recipe ($6.50). Depot Road Claypot Laksa does a version with a thicker broth ($4.50) cooked in a claypot in order to truly unearth the exhilarating showcase of flavours in the dish.
5. Taiwanese street snacks
Taiwan’s night markets feature street snacks that are quite the crowd-pleasers, and the dishes have, naturally, been franchised over to Singapore. While Taiwanese street snacks may not have mind-numbing spices as we find in Southeast Asian cuisine, there is also a prominent use of chilli powder and chilli oil in their dishes. The handy snacks go perfectly with a can of cold Coca-Cola as you munch your way through. Be warned though, what starts as a mild spicy kick will build into a fierce bite - keep the can of chilled Coca-Cola at hand!
You will know Shillin Street Snacks and the latest newcomer, HotStar Large Fried Chicken, for their juicy chicken cutlets ($3.80/$4.00) and other street snacks ($2.80 to $3.80/$1.50-$4.50). For a sit-down experience, Lee's Taiwanese also gets a stamp of approval for their authenticity.
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