Date Traveled, August 2012
Makansutra Glutton's bay is a hawker center by the Singapore esplanade by the bay. It has great views of the bay with outdoor seating.
Unlike the traditional hawker centers which are large and usually simply named after the neighborhoods where they are located, the creatively named Makansutra Gluttons Bay is a smaller modern creation, perhaps reflecting the change in status of the hawker centers over the years from places where people with lower incomes went to eat to a much more commonplace popular dining choice for all kinds of people. Its location by the bay and close to the famous merlion statue of Singapore makes it very accessible for tourists who otherwise wouldn't have gone to a hawker center. Indeed even now most of the hawker centers will not see too many visitors from other places, but tourists are much more commonly seen at Makansutra Gluttons Bay.
But modern or traditional or not, the important thing for any hawker center is that the food needs to be top notch especially since Singaporeans takes their food very seriously. Fortunately on that front, Gluttons Bay is doing fine and serves up some delicious Singapore hawker center fare. I was working in Singapore for few weeks at an office near the esplanade and would go eat at Makansutra Gluttons Bay after work every now and then because of its convenience and so got to try some of their stalls. Note the place only opens in the evening or I might have gone much more frequently for lunch as well.
Makansutra's outdoor seating
I absolutely loved the carrot cake. There is a popular guide to Singapore food with the title, there is no carrot in carrot cake because of this misnomer. Carrot cake in Singapore and other parts of Asia typically refers to the popular Chinese stir fry dish, Chai Tow Kway, fried daikon or radish cubes. The dish is made from daikon mixed with eggs, onions and various spices and seasonings and cooked in a fish sauce. It was pretty good and I ate the carrot cake there a few times.
The other dish I recall enjoying there was the Nasi Lemak or fatty rice that is typically served with an egg, anchovies, a sauce and a curry. This may not have been the tastiest Nasi Lemak I had but it certainly was one of the most interesting looking.
I usually use that picture above to shock people about the awesome food you can get in Singapore and enjoy seeing their reactions to it. Nasi Lemak is great and usually doesn't come with such a big fish, just much smaller fried anchovies.
A visit to Singapore will usually take you to the waterfront to see the bay and the merlion. If you do end up there in the evening, it will be worth your while to also have a dinner stop at Makansutra Glutton's bay.