Friday 20 September 2019

PUTIEN – Live Eels from Fujian [MEDIA INVITE]

Live Eel Cooked in Natural Spring Water

Following the successful DUOTOU Clam season where 130 tons were sold worldwide, PUTIEN introduces another seasonal ingredient – live eel. Famously known as a delicacy in Japan, these plump, live eels are best enjoyed in Midsummer (between August and October).

Live Eel

With the high demand for live eels from the Japanese market, China has taken the lead to cultivate eel agriculture concentrated in Fujian, Guangdong and Jiangxi provinces to fulfil the demand of the Japanese market.

Master Chefs at PUTIEN will be showcasing 2 different way on live eel preparation in PUTIEN, in a minimalist way.

Live Eel Cooked in Natural Spring Water

Live Eel Cooked in Natural Spring Water ($29.90). The eel is cooked in natural spring water with ginger, goji berries and sea salt. The result is springy and bouncy texture of the eel, with subtle sweet and savoury taste at the same time. The spring water broth is light and sweet. Yummy!!

Live Eel Cooked in Natural Spring Water

Pan-fried Live Eel on Hot Plate ($26.90 for small, $40.30 for medium). It is grilled on the hot plate with only a pinch of sea salt. The eel is plump and juicy, with a hint of crispiness on the exterior. The flavour is very light, it might need additional salt and lemon to lift the taste.

Pan-fried Live Eel on Hot Plate

I find the taste and texture of the eel are different from those normally served in a Japanese restaurant. Instead of the sweet flavour followed with delicate texture, the eel in PUTIEN is plump and springy. I really enjoy it and was hoping for more. Yum Yum. 

Pan-fried Live Eel on Hot Plate

PUTIEN Live Eel Promotion
When: 9th August to 31st October 2019.
Where: 13 PUTIEN outlets, island-wide

Although the live eel is seasonal items, you can enjoy the dishes below are the mainstay in PUTIEN menu.

100-Second’ Stewed Yellow Croaker - Sambal

PUTIEN Bian Rou Soup ($4.90). This Fujianese speciality with more than 500 years of history. The dumpling wrapper is made from pork meat, filled with more pork feelings. It is meaty, springy and swimming in robust tangy broth filled with seaweed.

PUTIEN Bian Rou Soup 

‘100-Second’ Stewed Yellow Croaker $14.90 – Original, Tomato & Sambal. It comes in different flavour but my pick still the original and tomato flavour. No matter which version you choose, you can be sure that each croaker is perfectly cooked.

100-Second’ Stewed Yellow Croaker - Original

100-Second’ Stewed Yellow Croaker - Tomato

Shredded Pork with Sesame Bun ($4.90 / pc, min 2 pcs). The shredded pork is succulent, well coated with a sweet and savoury sauce. The fried sesame bun has a crispy exterior and fluffy interior provided an irresistible pillow to savour this delicious pork.

Shredded Pork with Sesame Bun

Shredded Pork with Sesame Bun

Sambal White Water Snowflakes ($14.90 for small). The white water snowflakes vegetable is commonly found in Taiwan. It has a nice crisp and crunchy texture.  In PUTIEN, this vegetable is fried with the fragrant sambal resulting in an aromatic and crunchy vegetable dish.

Sambal White Water Snowflakes

PUTIEN Style Pork Ribs ($6.50 / pc, min 2 pcs). Tender and succulent pork ribs braised with gooey sweet sauce. Keep a lookout for the surprise ingredient at the bottom of the ribs, Wai San. This root vegetable helps to thicken the gravy and balance the fattiness of the ribs.

PUTIEN Style Pork Ribs

Stir-fried Yam ($14.90). One of 10 PUTIEN Signature dish. Caramelised externally, yet soft and moist internally plus filled with the delicious flavour of the yam. This time around, the plating just go up another notch with the dry ice.

Stir-fried Yam

PUTIEN Lor Mee ($10.90 for small). Signature PUTIEN dish. The silky noodle, cooked with pork belly, prawn and clam and braised with the superb pork stock. I never miss ordering this whenever I am dining at PUTIEN. 



Overall, it was a unique experience to try the minimalist preparation of live eels in PUTIEN. I like both ways, though I would prefer if the portion is bigger. Cheers!!

Thank you very much for Relish PR and PUTIEN for hosting the media tasting.

***Congratulations to PUTIEN at Kitchener Road on receiving its 4th consecutive Michelin One-Star Restaurant.***

Food: 7.75/10
Value: 8.5/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 7.75/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50

127 Kitchener Road
Singapore 208514

T: +65 6295 6358
IG: @putien_sg
OH: Daily, 11.30 – 15.00 (LO 14.30), 17.30 – 22.00 (LO 21.30)
Menu and Branch Location available online

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