These four fishes are grouped together because they are all known as "Chior" 鲳 by the Teochews/Hokkiens, although scientifically, they belong to different families. They are similar in size and shape but quite different in flavour and texture.
There has been quite a bit of discussion about grass-fed vs grain-fed beef in recent years. You hear chefs and food show hosts touting its flavour and health benefits on TV and food activists decrying the cruelty of feed-lots where the cattle spend its last few months fattening up for the slaughter. It is said […]
Fans of bitter sweet durians would be starstruck by the dark greyish green seams of the “Black Gold” durian. This is the stuff durian aficionados dream about. Durian devotees will instinctively know that those black seams are a sign of a mature durian tree capable of producing deep, bitter, complex flavours with a musky, seductive […]
Kanda Wadatsumi: Sea Squirts, Bering Sea Cockles and Coho Salmon
Sea Squirt, Ascidian, Sea Pineapple Halocynthia roretzi Japanese: Hoya This post is for the hardcore gastrogeeks. What is a gastrogeek, I hear you ask? Well, over the years I have been trying to find a term to describe myself as a person who loves to eat, shoot and post stories about food. The press usually refer […]
The Durian Tree: Honesty is the Best Durian Policy
I started writing about durians back in 2008. At the time, I was motivated by the quest for durian knowledge precipitated by the emergence of so many different durian cultivars which was unheard of when I was a kid. Everyone knew of Mao Shan Wang and D24 but there was scant information about these cultivars and […]
Singapore Fish Files: Spanish Mackeral, Spotted King Mackeral and Korean Seerfish
Spanish Mackeral, Narrow-Barred Mackeral Scomberomorus commerson Teochew/Hokkien: Batang, , Mandarin 马鲛鱼 (ma jiao yu) Mal Tengiri Batang Links: Fishbase, Identification key The Spanish Mackeral, locally known as batang, is a popular food fish in Singapore. It is commonly used for fish soups and otah. They belong to the family Scombridae which are a pelagic species whose […]
Singapore Fish Files: Ikan Kurau, Threadfin, Ngoh Her
Indian threadfin Leptomelanosoma indicum, Hokkien: Ngor Her, Orh Ngor, Malay: Ikan Kurau The indian threadfin is a highly prized fish in Singapore with prices ranging from $20 to $55 for the prized “Balai” Ngor which is fished off the waters of Tanjung Balai, one and a half hour ferry ride South West of Singapore. The […]
I got my first taste of the Jamon Iberico de Bellota back in April 2011 at the now defunct Santi restuarant. At that time, the AVA had just approved of its importation from Spain. It was one of those moments of epiphany which every pilgrim of gastronomy is searching for. The Jamon Iberico was presented very […]
GAP-FF accreditation of Singapore Fish Farms: Kühlbarra Barramundi
In the last year however, I got wind of a local fish farm which was producing Australian Barramundi (That is what the Aussies call them) in the Southern waters off Singapore. I ate it the first time at The Naked Finn and I was amazed at how good it was. My friend Ken Loon who owns The Naked Finn is a crazy seafoodie, so when he started raving about this locally farmed fish, it naturally piqued my interest.
CUT: Hokkaido Snow Beef is now available in Singapore!
This one is for the serious beef lovers. When CUT started selling real Kobe Beef last year, I thought I could finally close the book on Japanese Wagyu. Having tasted Matsuzaka, Oumi and finally Kobe, I had covered what is widely considered the top three Japanese Wagyu brands and didn’t think that there was a […]
Singapore Prawn Files: The Small Prawns and one very big one!
This final post on Singapore prawns deals with all the small shrimps which are frequently overlooked as they are not as impressive as their larger cousins. They are a pain to de-shell but these shrimps are treasures of tender flavour just waiting to burst in your mouth! They are small by virtue of their species […]
Singapore Prawn Files: The Sand Prawns – Sua Lor, Greasyback, Jinga, Middle, Western King, Red Spot King Prawns
Metapenaeus ensis Greasyback shrimp Sua Lor – Ang Bueh 沙卢 (lit Hut in the sand) – 红尾 (red tail) I first heard of Sua Lor prawns when I spoke to the uncle at Che Jian Fried Hokkien Mee at Chomp Chomp. He told me that he only uses wild caught Sua Lor for his Hokkien […]