Singapore: A wedding at Marina Bay Sands

2015 was the year of weddings – I attended a total of five weddings, while the SO attended six.

And it seemed fitting that the final wedding of 2015 would be the most splendid, visit the Site to learn more about this unforgettable party. – it was of a dear friend while we were back in the motherland. But what else can one expect when it’s held at Marina Bay Sands?

Marina Bay Sands

I had forgotten how lavish and elegant wedding banquets can be. Our own wedding – and we had two – were quite simple affairs by Asian standards. We hadn’t been in the work force for very long and we paid for most of our wedding ourselves, including my Australian visa application.

Everything about Marina Bay Sands whispers opulence and finery. The integrated resort houses the world’s largest atrium casino, as well as a mall, a museum, two large theatres, seven celebrity chef restaurants (Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, Spago and CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda to name a few), two floating Crystal Pavilions, a skating rink and a convention-exhibition centre.

So I cannot be blamed for having eyes as wide as saucers as we walked down plush carpet to the wedding dinner venue in the convention centre. My slitty Chinese eyes grew even wider when I looked at the menu.

Marina Bay Sands

No sharks fin soup in sight? Brilliant!

The table had also been set with little blue boxes of kueh lapis, a rich moist multi-layered cake that uses a ridiculously number of egg yolks (some recipes call for 22 egg yolks for a 9×9″ tin). I think kueh lapis is a far better cake option than dense fruit cake, so big thumbs up!

The assorted combination platter brought back many childhood memories. Sometimes known as the cold dish platter, this banquet appetizer can come in a multitude of options. This one had jelly fish salad (my favourite!), braised duck, fried prawn rolls, octopus salad with sesame seeds and prawn mayo salad.

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

The SO’s favourite dish was the stirfried scallops and asparagus in XO sauce. Coupled with the aromatic XO sauce and slightly crunchy asparagus, these plump juicy mollusks were generous bites of orgasmic joy. And best of all? We were at a table with a few non-seafood eating friends, so the SO got extra helpings.

My favourite on the other hand, was the braised abalone with broccoli. I’m not usually a fan of abalone. This marine snail is often chewy (think rubber band), bland and expensive, but this was divine. The braised abalone was tender and easy to bite into. So good!

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Considering the sheer volume of food needed to cater to the wedding (and there were at least four other weddings at the same time), I was very impressed with every dish and am willing to overlook how late dinner started.

I had also forgotten how late wedding banquets can go till. Thankfully Bubby fell asleep in the Tula despite the ridiculously long taxi line to get home.