101 Seafood Gourmet is a new Zi Char restaurant in the crowded block 101 Yishun Ave 5. After we parked our car, we took a wrong turn exploring the block. LD and I count there was about 5 other seafood Zi Char restaurants in that block itself. Looks like the competition is going to be stiffed.
To be exact, 101 Seafood Gourmet ('101SG') is located beside POSB ATM, which is directly near the entrance of the block 101 carpark. Although you can not see the shop directly from the road, keep a look out for their brightly lit signboard on the pavement.
We started the tasting session with 101SG signature dish: Lala Bee Hoon with Superior Broth ($20 for Large). This white colour looking broth actually packs punch. It was robust and peppery, with a touch of sweetness from the clams. The thin, smooth and silky bee hoon soaked up the richness of the broth, to provide a good base for the fresh and juicy clams. A touch of heat from the pepper, helps to arouse your appetite for the meal.
|Lala Bee Hoon with Superior Broth|
Crab with Bee Hoon ($38 for 2 crabs during this promotion period). Yes, the price is correct and value for money. Of course don't expect Sri Lankan crabs, instead 101SG uses Indonesian Crabs, to be exact the female crabs which was fresh, sweet and filled with roe. The broth was a little bland to my liking and missing much of the crab flavour, especially for thick bee hoon. Although the crab was fresh and meaty, it was not something that I will order if I return.
|Crab with Bee Hoon|
Threadfin Fish Head ($68 – seasonal price). A giant piece of fish head that is enough to feed a table of 8 to 10 pax. Steam with a special homemade chilli on top of the fish, it will dazzle the chilli lovers. It is perfectly steam, the meat is fresh, soft and flaky. Once the chilli paste mixed with the tangy soup from the fish, it created a unique flavour like tom yum that enhance the flavour of the fish. A very good dish indeed, thumb up from LD.
|Threadfin Fish Head|
|Threadfin Fish Head|
Salted Egg & Black Pepper Crab ($38 for 2 crabs during this promotion period). A combination of two currently popular crab dishes in Singapore, salted egg and black pepper. The salted egg sauce here is the watery version. Using the female Indonesian mud crab, the crabs was fresh, sweet and filled with roe. The uses of the black pepper actually hinder the salted egg flavour to shine, making it a here nor there dishes. LD and I agree that it will be better if they stick to one version instead of trying to fusion the two type of sauce.
|Salted Egg & Black Pepper Crab|
|Check out the roe|
Green Dragon Vegetables ($10 for small). Also known as the vegetables from the forest. It has similar texture and taste like chives. Stir-frying it with bean sprout added a crunchy texture to the dish.
|Green Dragon Vegetables|
Ayam Goreng Kalasan ($18 for half – special for the day). This fried chicken dish drew its inspiration from Ayam Kalasan, which is popular dish in Java, Indonesia. Normally the chicken is boiled in its marinate before it was fried to crispy dry. The version at 101SG only fried till the skin is crispy and served with fried tofu. I actually think this is better compare to the original Indonesian version. Here you can enjoy crispy skin, with the succulent meat. The fried tofu is a bit heavy on its seasoning, so better eat it with the rice and chilly to balance the saltiness. Please note that this Ayam Kalasan might not be available everyday.
|Ayam Goreng Kalasan|
Salted Chicken ($18 for half). A signature dish of 101SG and I can see why. The kampong chicken is baked in salt, that seal the juice of the chicken and seasoned it at the same time. The yellow colour skin of the chicken and gravy, reminds me of the Hong Kong version of Hainanese chicken. The meat is succulent with well seasoned kampung chicken taste. In the broth you can taste the dang gui (herbal angelica) used to seasoned the chicken. One of my favourite dish of the night.
Salted Egg Prawn ($16 for small). This salted egg prawn version is totally the opposite of the salted egg crab. Each of the fried prawns are coated with the salted egg batter. You can taste the crispy and bold flavour of the salted egg with the crunchy prawns. Yum Yum.
|Salted Egg Prawn|
The Verdict, with such a high competition in the neighbourhood, 101 Seafood Gourmet has the ingredients to be a successful zi char place. The dishes are creative, while the cooking is just mouth watering. The service is very friendly and the price is reasonable. What else you can ask for. So you are planning for some great food in Yishun, give 101 Seafood Gourmet a try. Cheers!!
Thank you very much to HungryGoWhere and 101 Seafood Gourmet for the tasting invitation.
Food & Drink: 7.75/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Budget per Person: $11 - $25; $26 - $50
101 Seafood Gourmet
T: +65 8117 0101
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