Unagi has been very popular in the last few years ever since Man Man introduced their hitsumabushi at Keong Siak Road. With queues resembling the eels themselves, other live unagi restaurants like Uya and Unagiya Ichinoshi quickly emerged to cash in on the action. As this segment of the food scene matures, new players need to find other compelling reasons to lure unagi lovers into their eateries. For Singaporeans one surefire way to get our attention is price.
Sep 2020 Update We were back at PUTIEN, this time at their new outlet at Great World to check out their live eels again. In addition to eels cooked on hot plate and in natural spring water, this year they are baking them in a claypot with a moreish garlic and Puning bean sauce! In […]
Unagiya Ichinoji: Miyagawa Honten’s First Unagi Restaurant in Singapore
If you recall, in my previous story of Singapore's love affair with the unagi, I talked about the impending shortage of unagi next year as fishermen reported a 80% decline in the catch rate for baby eels this season. The owners of Uya were just lamenting about the bad timing of the opening of their restaurant earlier this year. The last thing you would expect is for yet another new unagi restaurant to open in Singapore, right?
I've got good news and bad news. The good news is that if you love unagi and have been intimidated by the queues at Man Man, then there is a new place where you can satiate your craving for char-grilled live eels!
Man Man Unagi Restaurant: Live Eels Grilled over Charcoal!
I never used to enjoy unagi (fresh water eels) until I came across one which was live-killed and freshly grilled over charcoal. It was that moment of epiphany when I suddenly realized what the fuss was all about!