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ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

ieatishootipost Makan Session – Ocean Kingdom Seafood Restaurant

ieatishootipost‘s Makan Session is a foodie outing which I try to attend whenever I can, cos’ I get to try the best of a recommended restaurant at the best value. These sessions are highly popular, and seats are as hard to book as K-Pop concert tickets. This time round, I managed to get a seat at their most recent makan session at Ocean Kingdom Seafood Restaurant. S$30 for a 10-course menu consisting of Sri Lanka crabs, prawns, scallops and the rare stone fish – not bad at all.

Menu
Fish Maw Soup
Deep Fried Bringal with Pork Floss
Hong Kong Style Steamed Stone Fish
Prawn in White Sauce with deep fried buns
Double Style Pork Ribs
Steamed Scallops with Garlic
Beancurd with Dried Scallops
Sri Lanka Crab with Beehoon
Longan with Aloe Vera

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

Located in an old bungalow house along Joo Chiat Road, Ocean Kingdom specialises in wild-caught seafood. The family-run restaurant are also seafood suppliers to other seafood restaurants, so you can be assured of the freshest catch from the ocean.

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

Mr ieatishootipost himself, Leslie Tay

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

Fish Maw Soup
This was pretty normal..I have had better.

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

Deep Fried Brinjal with Pork Floss
This was pretty good – the brinjal strips were well-complemented with curry powder and pork floss. It’s wasn’t oily at all despite being deep-fried, and tastily crispy like French fries. A good appetizer to prepare me for the highlight of the night…

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

The Stone Fish
This super ugly-looking creature is said to be the most venomous fish in the world. Its spines can puncture your feet through your shoes to cause excruciating pain, swelling, muscle weakness, paralysis, shock, and in the extreme cases, death. It also tastes good. Just like fugu (pufferfish), you need to know how to prepare this fish. Its skin has to be removed and thoroughly cleaned. Best served steamed, its flesh is firm, milky white, and really good.
Photo: Venus Zine

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

Peeking into the kitchen in anticipation of the dish I came to try…

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

Hong Kong Style Steamed Stone Fish
This dish is definitely not visually appealing – when it arrived, I couldn’t figure out which were the fish heads cos’ they just looked like a greenish mess with really huge bones. Ewww.

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

Hong Kong Style Steamed Stone Fish
Looking past its ugliness, it was really yummy! The juicy flesh tasted like the ocean and the way this dish was prepared brought out the sweetness of the fish. I had fish eggs too, yay!

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

Beancurd with Dried Scallops
A commonly-available dish, this was one of the dishes I liked as the beancurd was cut into the right size to pop into the mouth, and was firm and sweet. I love eating beancurd. D would know that haha.

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

Leslie coming by to check on his guests. One thing I like about the makan sessions is the effort Leslie makes to check on his guests to make sure everything is okay.

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

Peeking into the kitchen again…what’s up next? I’m still hungry!

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

Prawn in White Sauce with deep fried buns
This exotic-sounding dish tasted pretty normal. The white sauce didn’t have much flavour, but the prawns were really fresh and sweet.

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

My makan angel Mark – he knows the best foodie places and cooks a mean dish!

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

Double Style Pork Ribs
Coffee Pork Ribs & Red Wine Pork Ribs. I was more excited with the Red Wine Pork Ribs, but the aromatic Coffee Pork Ribs tasted much better. The Red Wine version had a slightly sour taste after being cooked.

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

Steamed Scallops with Garlic
This was one of the better dishes of the night. The scallops were very fresh and being a garlic lover, this dish sat very well with me. I must have smelt like a walking garlic after eating them.

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

Sri Lanka Crab with Beehoon
This was one of my favourite dishes of the night – the beehoon was moist and absorbed the sweetness of the crab. I finished my share in three mouthfuls. Glutton!

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

Longan with Aloe Vera
The dessert was a total miss. The soft drink would have made a better dessert.

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

Leslie thanking his guests. On his right is David Cheo the restaurant owner.

ieatishootipost makan session - Ocean Kingdom

An alfresco bar area to chill out after dinner

On the whole, I enjoyed dinner and catching up with my foodie friends. I wouldn’t say the cooking style was much to shout about, it was pretty normal. What stood out was the freshness of the seafood, perhaps they were so fresh there wasn’t much need to fancy-cook them any further. If you are looking for fresh seafood,  Ocean Kingdom’s a good bet. If you are looking for fanciful cooking methods, you are better off looking elsewhere. Recommended for family gatherings.

Ocean Kingdom Seafood Restaurant
Address: 382 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427622
Opening Hours: 12:00PM to 2:30PM; 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Tel: 6342 0382

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Author: spunktitud3

A little post by a fun-loving spunky gal in love with the quirky, the artsy and anything which inspires new creations. Read about her adventures on: spunktitud3.wordpress.com

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