I recently discovered a hidden gem for Chinese cuisine, a Private Ktv restaurant serving Traditional Style Steamboat and it’s none other than Hai Wang Seafood, located in the heart of Singapore at 369 Jalan Besar. Please make a booking in advance if you are planning to book the room with private KTV!
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Hai Wang Seafood takes pride in sourcing the freshest ingredients, and they offer live seafood that can be pre-ordered one day in advance from Ariki Seafood. With an exciting range of dishes on the menu, I was eager to embark on a delightful culinary journey.
Traditional Steamboat Red Grouper
Let’s start with the showstopper of the night – the Traditional Steamboat Red Grouper. What is traditional steamboat? Many steamboat restaurant serve steamboat with a portable gas stove or induction cooker. Traditional steamboat comes with a stove with hot piping charcoal in the middle to keep the steamboat hot and warm overtime! Authentic!
A fragrant concoction of Red Grouper fish, cabbage, yam, seaweed, Angelica, ginger, Wolfberry, and plum, this steamboat is a feast for the senses. As it was a chilly evening, the piping hot fish soup was just what I needed to warm my body and soul. The soup had a delicate herbal taste that elevated the freshness and sweetness of the ingredients.
Grilling the fish bones beforehand gave the soup a slightly milky hue, and the Red Grouper meat was most importantly fresh, firm and springy, delighting my taste buds with every bite. The cabbage and yam soaked up the flavourful broth, resulting in tender and incredibly tasty additions to the steamboat.
The best part? They kept replenishing the fish soup, ensuring we had an unlimited supply to enjoy throughout the meal. This Traditional Steamboat is an absolute must-try! I am not kidding. I drank at least 5 bowls of soup!
Salted Egg Sotong
Next up was the Salted Egg Sotong. Cooked to perfection, the squid was incredibly tender with no trace of rubbery texture. The thick salted egg batter coated the squid beautifully, delivering a burst of rich and savory flavours. Fragrant curry leaves and a hint of spiciness from the chili padi was well-balanced, making it a hit among everyone at the table.
Stir Fry Kailan With Dried Scallops
For a surprisingly different vegetable dish, the Stir Fry Kailan with Dried Scallops was a standout. The kailan was expertly fried to a crisp perfection, reminiscent of seaweed in both appearance and taste. The addition of premium dried scallops elevated the dish with a unique umami flavour that perfectly complemented the freshness of the vegetables.
Each bite was a celebration of textures, with tender scallops blending harmoniously with the crisp kailan. The dish was not only delicious but also visually appealing, thanks to the skillful cutting of the kailan and the fragrant scallops.
Tofu with Preserved Radish (Chai Poh)
Moving on to the Tofu with Preserved Radish, this dish showcased the delicate and silky smooth tofu paired with a rich sauce and preserved radish. The combination of flavours was simply delightful, creating a harmonious symphony of tastes. The tofu was easy to chew, making it suitable for diners of all ages, including the elderly.
Prawn Paste Chicken
The Prawn Paste Chicken was a real treat for my taste buds. The chicken wings were incredibly crispy, boasting a satisfying crunch with each bite. What impressed me the most was that the prawn paste coating was not overly salty, allowing the natural flavours of the chicken to shine through. It’s no wonder this dish was a must-order recommendation!
I have tried many Prawn Paste Chicken from many Chinese establishment but not many were able to cook the perfection state where the deboning process was so easily done!
Golden Crispy Tofu
The Golden Crispy Tofu was another awesome dish in the lineup. With its perfectly crispy exterior and tender, melt-in-your-mouth Japanese tofu inside, it’s a true masterpiece of textures. But what truly sets this dish apart is the skillful combination of flavours within. The harmonious blend of succulent prawn, delectable crab stick, sweet carrot, and rich egg filling creates an explosion of taste that celebrates the best of Asian cuisine.
Handmade Prawn Rolls
Hai Wang Seafood also surprised us with a hidden gem – the Handmade Prawn Rolls. Crafted with utmost care, these rolls were a true testament to the chef’s expertise. Boasting a perfect blend of succulent prawns and crab meat, each roll was hand-rolled to perfection, delivering a burst of crispness and rich essence in every bite. These delectable delights were perfect for sharing with friends and family.
Homemade Spring Rolls
The Homemade Spring Rolls were equally delightful. Featuring prawns enveloped in a delicate netted pastry, they were fried to a perfect golden crisp. Each bite offered a delightful fusion of yam, prawn, minced meat, and egg, making it a truly irresistible treat for the taste buds. The dish not only tasted great but also looked incredibly pretty and presentable.
Salted Egg Fish Skin
Last but not least, the Salted Egg Fish Skin was an excellent snack to round off the meal. The big pieces of crispy fish skin were generously coated with fragrant salted egg, making it an ideal companion to hot tea. Every single piece was a flavour explosion, and I found myself reaching for more!
Perfect Place for Group Gathering
Overall, Hai Wang Seafood provided a wonderful dining experience that catered to families and friends of all age groups. The cozy ambiance and warm hospitality made the evening even more enjoyable, and the private family KTV room added a touch of fun to our gathering. If you’re in Singapore and looking for a place to enjoy authentic Asian Singaporean cuisine, look no further than Hai Wang Seafood at 369 Jalan Besar.
Hai Wang Seafood
369 Jln Besar, Singapore 208997
(Closed on Tue) Monday, Wednesday – Sunday 5 pm–5 am
By Shiok Eats!