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Grouper King

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Ellen Grant
• Friday, 27 November, 2020
• 11 min read

I have been asked a number of times by overseas TV producers to introduce Singaporean cuisine which is off the beaten track and preferably with some “shock” factor. I guess what they are looking for are bizarre foods like insects, reptiles or monkey brains.

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In the last nine years of blogging, I have come across it a few times, but it hasn’t managed to stir up enough fascination to compel me to write about it. Once we get to fish the size of a large snapper, we can start serving just the head in order to appreciate the different textures that it offers.

With a fish so big, even a small organ such as its testicles is large enough to be made into a dish! Before we start our anatomical devastation, I just want to touch on the fascinating method in which the fish is dispatched.

It was cleaved oil alright, the kind that you might find at aromatherapy shops. Johnny proceeded to climb up to the back of the tank and added about a teaspoon of the stuff into the water.

Johnny explained that this was how the fish was put to sleep in order to transport it from his farm in Sarah by air to Singapore! This particular fish weighed about 30 kg and took about 2 years to grow from eggs which where hatched at his farm.

This specimen is considered a juvenile compared to the 270 kg giant which he served at his restaurant in 2013. The lower part of the head is prized for its skin which turns wonderfully gelatinous when stewed.

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The part just under the gills (2a) is especially prized and has a texture similar to duck web. The lips (2b) are also very sought after, but they are not as thick as the Sew Ma (Napoleon Wrasse).

The upper part of the head is not as valuable as the only portion of interest is the area around the eyes. Stewed Fish Head (2b)The Chinese have a penchant for gelatinous textures which gourmands of the West might dismiss as “phlegm” or “mucous”.

That is why things like sea cucumbers, chicken feet and fish heads are prized in Chinese gastronomy. The stewed fish head (lower portion (2b) was excellent and should make mum very happy.

In fact, the internal organs, which are usually discarded in smaller fish, are considered delicacies. It is less powdery but not as creamy as phone gas and the “livery” flavor is not as pronounced as with pork liver.

The pectoral fin (7) section is rather tough in the Giant Grouper, unlike tuna and yellowtail amber jack (burn) where the Kama (neck) is tender and has a wonderful flavor when simply grilled with salt. We sampled the dorsal fin braised with soy sauce and ma Che in an earlier session.

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I didn’t think that the braising sauce suited the flavor of the fish, although I thoroughly enjoyed the balance of meat, fat and collagen in the fin. The bottom-most part of the belly (11) is very well exercised and is full of connective tissue which can be broken down into gelatin through slow cooking.

The next three parts are so small that they are not on the menu and is only offered to patrons of the restaurant who specifically ask for it. Giant groupers are monastic protogynous hermaphrodites which means that they change sex as they mature.

The taste is ok and the texture is like minced meatballs but it isn’t something that I would specifically ask for. The jelly like marrow lies within the vertebral bone and it’s best eaten raw.

Now, I won’t advocate eating anything raw (unless it is served by a sushi chef), but I did have a taste of it after I was assured by Johnny that a certain prominent doctor always reserves this for himself. In smaller fish, the amount of red muscle is so small that you don’t make it a point to separate them.

The scales of the grouper has become quite a commodity in recent years due to the popularity of collagen. I first encountered grouper scale soup while we were doing a mission trip in Andaman with Educate.

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One of the best ways to get some extra collagen is to order their guiding GAO for dessert. It tastes quite similar to guiding GAO made in the traditional way.

The hotel is located in Terminal three and is reasonably easy to find, though a few more signs would be helpful. It's only a five-minute walk from terminal to hotel and saves the hassle of getting transport int...

I chose this hotel as I was travelling from London to Sydney and only wanted an overnight stop in Singapore to break the journey rather than shop sightseer etc. The hotel is located in Terminal three and is reasonably easy to find, though a few more signs would be helpful.

It's only a five-minute walk from terminal to hotel and saves the hassle of getting transport int... I chose this hotel as I was travelling from London to Sydney and only wanted an overnight stop in Singapore to break the journey rather than shop sightseer etc. The hotel is located in Terminal three and is reasonably easy to find, though a few more signs would be helpful.

It's only a five-minute walk from terminal to hotel and saves the hassle of getting transport into the City. I had booked as a single person and was given a large very well appointed room with a King Size bed, large bathroom with spa bath and separate shower, flat screen TV etc.

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Arriving late evening and resuming the next morning on a connection flight out of Singapore. Arriving late evening and resuming the next morning on a connection flight out of Singapore.

Arriving late evening and resuming the next morning on a connection flight out of Singapore. So I had to access bookings online on my dying smartphone, and then she proceeded with the check in process.

Called reception a couple of times in the end manage to switched room to 211. Called reception a couple of times in the end manage to switched room to 211.

Called reception a couple of times in the end manage to switched room to 211. We feared that short-stay rooms were only in the transit area before immigration and before collecting bags.

1st visit with my wife in 2008, & we fell in love with the hotel since... As it's our 10th year of marriage, we decided to have a simple & relaxing 2D1N stay at our fave hotel & therefore booked a Superior rm at affordable discounted price via Agoda. We requested for a high floor non-smoking rm, early check-in & late check-out.

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1st visit with my wife in 2008, & we fell in love with the hotel since... As it's our 10th year of marriage, we decided to have a simple & relaxing 2D1N stay at our fave hotel & therefore booked a Superior rm at affordable discounted price via Agoda. We requested for a high floor non-smoking rm, early check-in & late check-out.

We know everything is subjected to avail...1st visit with my wife in 2008, & we fell in love with the hotel since... As it's our 10th year of marriage, we decided to have a simple & relaxing 2D1N stay at our fave hotel & therefore booked a Superior rm at affordable discounted price via Agoda. We requested for a high floor non-smoking rm, early check-in & late check-out.

:))) I always thought good customer service & hospitality is a rarity in SG, except when paying high bucks... the hotel, Ms Jana and the lounge staffs really made us feel special. There is a special laid-back feeling in the air which can relax one's heart & mind from the hectic SG life.

The room is clean, staffs are always smiling & looking to serve you, & we really love the rooftop swimming pool where we can enjoy the great view of Play Bin, the sky & the sea under the warm sun. Although we do not use the Lounge much, it's great for a private moment to read a book, having a coffee or enjoying the music.

But for a night and comfortable place to lie down, you better book a Hotel just across this lounge. This hotel was not cheap, however the room had two king single beds and was quite spacious.

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This hotel was not cheap, however the room had two king single beds and was quite spacious. This was a surprise in comparison to most of the other hotel rooms available outside the airport.

It contained all the necessary items in the bathroom, which means you don't need to pack things like towels, hairdryer, shampoo, shower gel and toothbrush in your carry-on! The big... This hotel was not cheap, however the room had two king single beds and was quite spacious.

There is no dining area as such but you have access to a lounge room where they will serve your meal, you can get your own coffee and watch TV. Definitely recommend getting a hotel if you are travelling to Australia and have to wait overnight in Singapore until your morning flight.

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