Zi char is still the quintessential Singaporean dinner. Cheap, cheerful and tasty. Then comes the question - which wine should we bring to such an outing? Very good question indeed. There is one way to find out - let us bring some bottles, and taste for ourselves. And we will do just that.
We will do this free and easy - bring a bottle each, order dishes, eat, enjoy, split the bill.
Thinking of the all-time favourite zi char dishes, such as prawn paste chicken, sambal kangkong, frogs' legs with spring onion and ginger, deer meat on hot plate, chili crab with fried mantou, egg tofu, champagne pork ribs, just to name a few, we would recommend these as good bets:
Marlborough Sauv Blanc - crisp and herbaceous, to cut through oiliness of deep fried dishes, or dishes with onion flavours.
German Rieslings - dry ones to work with fried dishes, or off-dry ones to work with spicy dishes.
Fruity/medium body French reds, such as fruity Bordeaux or Rhône blends for not so spicy pork or deer dishes. Medium bodied south Australian red would also work.
Light sparkling, like a Prosecco, because they are fun, happy, bubbly, and also would work with gentle dishes like egg tofu.
We would recommend these stockers, to help you with selections like the above:
Crystal Wines, http://www.crystalwines.com/, Fraser Suites ,[masked], for Australian, NZ or French wines.
Le Vigne, http://www.singaporewines.com/, 72 Namly Place,[masked] (talk to Patricia or Lewis), for Australian, NZ, French wines, and also a very nice TLN-recommended prosecco.
Wein & Vin, http://www.weinvin.com/, call Boon at[masked], for well priced German & French wines. They don't have a retail shop, but can arrange pick up/deliveries.
For specialist of German wines, Magma on Bukit Pasoh (near Outram Park MRT) is having a clearance special of their stock.
If you want dishes we haven't thought of, ask the vendors for recommendations, they should be able to help you. Any further questions on what to bring and where to get them, just post a message to me - happy shopping and see you there!