East Coast BBQ Seafood

A few weeks ago, I met up with Jiawei, an old friend of mine.

This dude is quite the character, and I mean it in a good way of course. I remembered him as being very animated and lively. He has wide hand gestures that are hard to miss. It has been more than two years since we last met up. We used to be coursemates back when I was still pursuing my Mass Communication diploma at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

It was great to see that he was exactly the same – as cheery as always. As we caught up, I asked him what he was doing now and what he said next definitely pricked my ears and I’m sure you will be interested too.

He was helping out at his uncle’s barbeque seafood stall at East Coast Lagoon Food Village. Located at East Coast Park around the Marine Parade area, this food centre is known for serving up one of the best satay beehoon in Singapore. Then there’s also the famous barbecue pork noodles, beef noodles and the most delicious chicken wings. There are also many bbq seafood stalls there. I’ve eaten at one of the bbq stalls before but am usually rather disappointed because of the small portions and cut-throat prices. So naturally, when Jiawei told me about his uncle’s stall, I had to probe further.

But what’s the use of asking so many questions when I could actually taste for myself how good it actually is? You’ve got to taste it to believe it, yes?

So I went down last weekend with my mum and Dot. Before I say anything, perhaps you want to see the first dish we ordered:

The photo alone says plenty. Okay, maybe only if you are a big fan of seafood and perhaps clams.

Commonly known as ‘la-la’ here, these clams are usually stir-fried in a tasty spicy red sauce. We locals enjoy dishing the sauce on plain rice once we’ve fished out all the clam-meat.

I did the same here. But it was different, so different that I was very surprised.

But in a GOOD way.

The sauce that came with the clams were unlike any I had ever tasted. This is not an exaggeration on my part. Thicker and tastier, it had a fuller flavour than the other versions I’ve eaten. There was a slight sweet and tangy hint that made the spicy note sort of 3-dimensional.

Okay, I might be stretching it quite thin here. But bear with me. I am desperately trying to use every opportunity I can to practise my food description skills since that’s what I do (my full-time job).

So of course I was curious and I asked Jiawei’s uncle what made it so special. I hope I’m not leaking some trade-secret here, but he said that he added tomatoes. Oh and one thing to note, he makes most of his sauces at home before bringing it down to the stall and yes it is his own recipe.

Even the sambal he used for the lip-smacking sambal stingray is homemade:

Yes it looks fiery red and it is spicy but not until it burns your taste buds.

Now when I ordered the stingray, I assumed the only option I had was sambal. Well at least that’s what most of the bbq seafood stalls offer: Sambal Stingray. Then Jiawei told me that his uncle has another option: Butter & Garlic Stingray.

The moment he uttered those two words ‘butter’ and ‘garlic’, I was sold. But I still wanted my sambal stingray so he offered to season half of my stingray with sambal and the other half, with butter and garlic.

The result was enthralling. I know it’s not a common word used for food but what the heck anyway. I have never seen any other bbq seafood stall serving stingray the way his uncle does. Any foodie would know that butter and garlic is a marriage made in aromatic heavens and when done right, can create a whirl-wind romance, yes between said dish and hungry diner.

Sometimes it is true, you have to try it to believe it.

It looks like Jiawei’s uncle might have something really good up his sleeves. If he can manage to pull off good clams and stingray, I’m sure the rest of his dishes would be just as good, including the sambal kangkong:

And I was right. The kangkong was just as good with a solid sambal.

I found out from Jiawei that prior to the renovations of the food centre, his uncle used to have a satay stall there. But after they moved back in to the newly furbished food centre, he decided to focus on bbq seafood and they have been there for the past 4 years.

When I went there for dinner, I did tell Jiawei I would write about this place if I liked it enough and well since I loved it, I decided I had to share it with you.

They also sell salmon, sole, seabass, squid, lobster and fried oyster among others.

Seriously, I think sometimes, you don’t need a table with white starched table cloths and a room in air-conditioned comfort to enjoy a good meal. This stall might be small but it serves some kick-ass seafood that would be a delight to any diner.

You can find this stall at number 38, it is relatively near the DBS atm.



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East Coast B.B.Q. Seafood
38, East Coast Lagoon Food Village
1220 East Coast Parkway


Posted on 8th Aug 2008 in East Coast Lagoon, seafood

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There Are 15 Comments

 

-=jiawei=- commented on August 9, 2008 at 2:34 am


hey cheryl.. why give me such a description when i’m not even catogorized anywhere near to food?? haha!!
anyhow, i read the whole thing with my uncle then he was like “wah!! your friend can write a lot hor??” then my auntie was like “wah the pictures taken very nicely hor!!” then i was like “mass comm student mah..” haha!
anyway, some correction, my uncle add tomato sauce *i think* to the chilli sauce for the gravy.. i don’t think its a trade secret.. and we don’t have lobster on the menu anymore.. =P
but still, my uncle thank you for the B-E-A-utiful description for our food.. great job and bring more friends over to eat next time.. i’ll help u apply for V.I.P. membership.. *winks* haha


 

the baker commented on August 9, 2008 at 6:25 am


hahaha…. i’m laughing right now. Dot is beside me and she say she will help you design the VIP membership card and if you need namecards or ta pau boxes also can :p

anyway, hahaha i write for a living, so i have to describe vividly! and yes i will bring more friends next time. hey tell your uncle his place is the place i will go to now, when i crave seafood. it’s really good. and yes, i know we finished the lala sauce but but it’s really sedap la! oh Dot asks if he sells crabs? we want crabs! 🙂


 

Our Mama Store commented on August 9, 2008 at 7:43 am


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ganache-ganache commented on August 9, 2008 at 7:51 am


Oh, I’m getting home-sick now…. how about some cheng tng to cool down after the meal


 

SIG commented on August 10, 2008 at 2:09 am


I love anything with sambal. 😉


 

-=jiawei=- commented on August 11, 2008 at 1:55 pm


haha!! u go design loh.. but its for urselves only.. anyway we dnt sell crabs anymore.. but we haf tiger prawns and crayfish.. equally good lah~~ next time when u crave for some seafood, do drop by wif ur frenz on weekends coz that’s when i’ll be ard to validate membership.. haha!!


 

valerie commented on August 13, 2008 at 11:18 am


hey, i saw yr nutella cupcakes in yr previous posts..is it possible to share the recipe?


 

The Girl With A Curl commented on August 13, 2008 at 8:23 pm


Cheryl, I’ve come out of lurking because of your comment on my Nutella Cupcakes post. Your blog’s a visual feast, and I swear I gain a pound or two with each of your food posts! That kangkong looks especially devilish. I think I’d eat heaps of that! Keep up the posts, I read all of em!


 

the baker commented on August 14, 2008 at 7:09 pm


ganache-ganache: we shared almond cream with white fungus and some pulot hitam after that delish meal 🙂 Ooo cheng tng, gosh you know i haven’t eaten that in a while!

sig: i so get that. kindred spirits we are. oh what would we do without some kickass sambal? 🙂

jiawei: you can count on it! i’ve been telling all my friends ;p

valerie: the recipe is on my blog 🙂 but if you still can’t find it, send me an email and i’ll reply you directly.

girl with a curl: hey j! glad you like my blog. i like yours too.. and you know what, i wish i had curly hair like yours! seriously.. i think the grass is always greener on the other side 😀


 

thebengsays commented on August 15, 2008 at 4:59 pm


good good… go tell everyone… haha!!


 

DK commented on August 18, 2008 at 6:19 am


I think I tried their stingray before. Really good. 🙂


 

somuffins commented on August 21, 2008 at 4:56 am


Hi there .. This is my 1st visit here. I made a comment on your 22nd June post titled “supercool snacks”. Regards


 

Cecilia commented on August 26, 2008 at 4:54 pm


cecy: i think i ate there too! yupz. every seafood dish there with sambal is good. haha. Rite jiawei?


 

thebengsays commented on August 26, 2008 at 5:58 pm


holy crap.. cecelia reads this blog too?? eh wait~ is this the celia i know frm pri sch?? hmmm~


 

Vernon commented on July 29, 2014 at 1:34 pm


.

tnx for info!!…


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