About four years ago, I picked up a book from the library that was simply titled "Steak". There are very few single words that have the power to command my immediate attention and this is one of them. The other is "Monnnnng!" which is what my Teochew name sounds like when it is uttered by my wife in an ascending tone. It usually signals an ominous change in the weather pattern which requires a drastic course correction.
Ponggol Seafood was founded by Mr Ting Chong Teng in 1969. At the time, he was working as a foreman at a sauce factory and driving taxi part time. One day he drove all the way to Ponggol point and saw a place for rent and decided to go into the restaurant business. With the knowledge gleaned from his experience working at the sauce factory, he managed to come up with different sauce recipes for his seafood dishes. In the beginning, it was quite difficult and one by one, his partners all exited the business. But Mr Ting persevered and the rest, as they say, is history!
Sushi can be divided into five different categories. They are shiromi-dane (white meat), akami-dane (red meat), hikari-mono (shiny skin), ni-mono (braised) and hokano-mono which is all the other stuff like squid, crabs, uni and our topic for today, kai 貝 (shellfish).
It is great to see the Japanese food scene in Singapore progressing towards more authentic and regional foods. No longer is Japanese food just about having all the familiar sushi, sashimi, tempura, tonkatsu under one roof, the Japanese restaurants here are moving towards more specialization, offering an increasingly authentic Japanese culinary experience.
Today we explore the anatomy of the Giant Grouper and see how this gigantic fish is appreciated, part by part. The whole gastronomic philosophy about this fish is quite different from fish that you eat everyday. From the fins to the skin to the lips and the testicles, each part of the fish is appreciated for its different texture and flavour!
Groupers are excellent eating fish which are found mostly in the tropics. The flesh is tender yet it has a bouncy texture that flakes nicely. I think that may be the reason why they are known as "cod" in Australia. There are a few theories about where the name "Grouper" comes from. Some say that it is because the fish tends to "group" together. Others maintain that it is because the fish gropes around the nooks and crannies in the coral reefs looking for food.
Located at the Northernmost part of Japan’s main island of Honshu, Aomori is surrounded by water on three sides and is famous for a wide variety of seafood. Aomori City used to be the port city where you catch a ferry across to Hokkaido. That was before the opening of the Seikan Undersea Railway Tunnel which […]
I have long been intrigued by kombu. Like any other ingredient, the quality of kombu depends on terroir. 90% of the Kombu produced in Japan comes from the waters surrounding Hokkaido and there are many different types such as Rishiri kombu, Rausu kombu, Hidaka kombu and Misuishi kombu. Each type not only refers to the place where the kelp is harvested but also its variety.
If you want to start cooking Japanese food at home, all you need is five basic ingredients, shoyu, mirin, sake, miso and dashi. These five form the basic building blocks for Japanese flavour. With it, you can make miso soup, sukiyaki, shabu shabu, tempura, udon, teriyaki, yakitori, oyakodon and many other popular dishes. So, if […]
I have grouped these fish together not just because they are all "snappers" but since this is a food blog, the emphasis is on how they are usually eaten! Any serious Singaporean foodie will tell you straight away that these are the fish which are most commonly used for that most iconic of Singaporean dishes -- Fish Head Curry!
Not only is the food authentic, they bring in the best seafood from the different prefectures in Japan every month. So, you get to literally travel all over Japan to taste the speciality seafood from each region!