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Singaporeans love their seafood and having seafood in a bag is fast becoming a common phenomenon in many restaurants. So when my dad suggested one day that we should try this new place that opened in Pasarbella called Ah Hua Kelong Seafood Restaurant, I did not think too much about it and assumed that it was no different from Dancing Crab, which was only next door.
Nonetheless, our interest was piqued by its Singaporean name and brought the family down to check the place out. We were greeted by the friendly owner Jing Kai, who more than enthusiastically gave us an introduction on the types of seafood the restaurant offered and how all the fishes, mussels and crabs in the tanks in front of us were farmed at their own kelong (fish farm) and harvested on the same day that you eat them. This means that the fish literally comes from kelong to table and is as fresh as fresh can be.
Located at the seafood area of Pasarbella, next to the Oceans of Seafood, it is not hard to locate the many tanks of live seafood which marks the spot where Ah Hua Kelong Seafood Restaurant is. Reservations are highly recommended judging from the huge crowds that came by the Friday night that we were there so while they will not be able to reserve a table for you (since it is a shared space and common area), you will at least be assured that you will have food because quantities of stock for each day are limited.
Following the heels of the opening of Tsuta aka the first Japanese ramen eatery to earn a Michelin Star, at Pacific Plaza, another Michelin-Starred restaurant has also taken residence at the same location, just a few units down.
Kam’s Roast from Hong Kong, which has earned accolades for attaining its Michelin Star within 6 months of opening in 2015, and thereafter in 2016 and 2017, has become a household name for roast goose and meats in general, and they have OPENED IN SINGAPORE. While there will not be any goose on the menu at this FIRST outlet outside Hong Kong, their other signature roasts such as the Roast Duck, Suckling Pig, ‘Toro’ Char Siu and of course the legendary Wonton Noodles are all still available.
Rest assured as well that the owners of Kam’s Roast have guranteed that the standard and quality of their roasts will be the same as that of Hong Kong. They have after all, flown in their Head Chef from Hong Kong, Chef Wong Kwan-sang to train the staff at this outlet and also work alongside the Singapore Head Chef until operations are smooth. The Singapore Head Chef, Chef Lam was also previously from Yung Kee, where the Kam’s Roast story first began.
The TEPPEI group is no stranger to our Singapore food scene and has made waves for the affordable Omakase sets they offer in their hole-in-the-wall space in Orchid Hotel, which by the way has a three month long waiting list. Apart from that, they are also known for their Chirashi Dons that are brimming with thick slices of fresh raw fish at Hanare, a few doors down.
Fast forward a few years later, Chef Teppei Yamashita will be creating long queues again with his new venture- an Unagi speciality restaurant that will be opening its doors today, 12 Oct 16, along Keong Saik Road, walking distance from the original Teppei Japanese Restaurant in Tanjong Pagar.
The eel served here is imported directly from Japan, from the Mikawa Isshiki region. They are so fresh that they are still swimming in the makeshift tanks at the corner of the restaurant before being slaughtered live in front of diners who choose to sit at the open concept kitchen. Not for the faint-hearted because it gets bloody, real bloody but no worries about any oil or splatter because there is a glass screen between you and the Chefs. However, I would personally not recommend that you sit there unless you really need to catch some live action and watching your dinner prepared in its rawest form.
Roast goose is almost quite synonymous with Hong Kong and is a definite must try when you are in this food paradise city. Although there are a number of places that do serve roast goose, few have risen above the ranks and made a name for themselves, earning a Michelin Star even in the process. Mention roast goose in Hong Kong and the following names- Yung Kee, Kam’s and Yat Lok will surely be in the conversation. I personally tried Yung Kee when I was in Hong Kong three years ago but sadly was none too impressed and thought it was quite overrated. Because of that previous experience too, I was not too keen to have roast goose during this trip but the family wanted to try it and that was how we came to try Yat Lok.
According to our research, Yat Lok was reputed to have the crispiest skin so that alone was our sole basis on choosing it over Kam’s. However, the reviews also revealed that approximately 5 out of every 10 people who ate at Yat Lok, complained that the service staff were really rude, queues were extremely long and altogether not a very pleasant experience. But like I said earlier, the family wanted to try roast goose so we decided to take the chance and went mentally prepared i.e. we were not going to get offended even if the shop aunty was to yell at us.
I have just returned from my short weekend getaway in the land of Dim Sum and needless to say, we squeezed in as many eateries and restaurants as we could during the short 2 days we had in Hong Kong. Some were not too impressive, others we simply could not stop raving about even till today. One such example is Chau Kee 周記點心, located in the quiet and relatively obscure neighbourhood of Sai Ying Pun. Famed for their Golden Lava French Toast and classic Dim Sum items, we also heard stories about the crazy queues and lacklustre service but was delighted to find none of that when we went down ourselves on Friday morning at about 10am.
The space was very quintessential Cha Chaan Teng style- small tables huddled together with tight walking areas that were narrow in width. Lucky for us, the lady at the front counter gestured for us to sit at a corner where five of us fit rather comfortably.
Prices for the Dim Sum items range from HKD$18 – HKD$35 (the exchange rate was SGD$1 = HKD$5.70) so that worked out to approximately SGD$3 – SGD$6, which was still rather affordable. Menus were also translated in both English and Mandarin, for those whose grasp of their Mother Tongue (like us) is rather limited and although the range offered was not extensive, it was more than sufficient. We did find it difficult to decide who should make the short list.