Christmas Dinner at Orchid Live Seafood at Jalan Kelulut


Glass door of Orchid Live Seafood were pasted with photos of many celebrities that visited the restaurant.

I am trying to catch up with my food blog while right now I am having my staycation with my girl friend at Ritz Carlton for our 2nd year anniversary. Anyway, we visited this restaurant on the Christmas day after a night of great BBQ and gathering with my friends (only few though) on the day before. We were trying to get a simple dinner at Serangoon Gardens but most of the restaurants were closed due to Christmas and Chomp Chomp Hawker just does not appeal to me. Instead we loitered around Serangoon area before reaching Jalan Kelulut for Orchid Live Seafood. I have visited this restaurant about two years ago, before I started off with my food blog so I decided to visit again also for the purpose of introducing and reviewing Orchid Live Seafood.

The restaurant sits along a line of shophouses that are surrounded by semi-dettached bungalows . It was quiet without much people around, perhaps the dinner crowd has dispersed since it was already past nine. We went ahead for the restaurant and they were still opened for business. On their menu, they offered set meals but we though the portion might be too much for us and though we choose a la carte instead.


Lobster Porridge. Price: $ 60.00.

Lobster porridge is one of their signature dish at the restaurant which I think all has to really try it. As my girl friend does not really like to have carps for dinner, we intended to ordered a one person portion but the minimum order for the porridge is at least three lobsters (about 600 grams). The “porridge” is actually cooked with the broth, lobster and steam rice boiled together which is more like a Mui Fan instead of normal porridge. The broth itself is tasty and with the lobsters, it makes a very good seafood soup. With all the rice being cooked together with the soup, it is easy to down the carps down your throat and at the same time enjoy the freshness and taste of the soup and lobster.


Nai Bai. Price: $ 8.00 for small size.

We needed some fibres to go with our lobster soup and thus went on to ordered the Nai Bai. Nai Bai is a type of Pak Choy (or commonly known as Milk Cabbage). They stir-fried the vegetables with Ikan Bilis (Anchovies) and garlic. The dish is lightly salted and compliment well with our lobster porridge. The vegetables are crunchy and juicy that you can’t just stop chewing it.


Hot Plate Otah with Egg. Price: $ 10.00

We did not really expect to find Otah in the menu on a restaurant like this, but they did ! My girl friend had a really bad craving for Just Good Food’s Otah, but the catering shop is missing ! This dish was quite an eye opener because it is unusual to have Otah cooked with egg and on a hot plate. The egg were cracked and left on the hot plate to cook by itself while two large piece of Otah loaded on top of it. The eggs were not being seasoned but the Otah alone, bring out the unique taste of the dish.

Conclusion

The entire meal cost us about an average of S$ 43.00 per person. Main portion of the cost comes from the lobster porridge while the rest of the dish are considered of average price. The quality of food is definitely up to standards so even though it is slightly above average spending, it was worth it.

Orchid Live Seafood
16 Jalan Kelulut (off Yio Chu Kang Road)
Singapore 809033
Tel: 6484 2495

Reunion Dinner at Dempsey’s Long Beach – With Yu Sheng !

It is hard to imagine how time passed and soon we are entering the year of Snake. As usual, before the starts of the Chinese New Year, my friends and I would all gather together to have our own annual dinner at Dempsey’s Long Beach. I supposed this is the third time which we are having Chinese New Year Dinner at the same location.

Prosperity Yu Sheng - for the good year coming
Yu Sheng


It is a tradition in most Chinese people to have Yu Sheng aka Lo Hei in Singapore. It is a dish that symbolizes good luck and fortune coming year and a must dish prior to the start of dinner. We had two tables and decided to combined our Yu Sheng together to make a mega one. Something special as compared to the previous year, the Long Beach actually uses strawberry sauce instead of the traditional honey sauce. I didn’t took a photo of the end process of the Lo Hei, as it has always been the case that we are messy all over the table. Perhaps because of the strawberry sauce, the Yu Sheng tasted watery but not as sweet. The overall taste was not bad. A new fusion to the Yu Sheng !

Steamed Live Scottish Razor Clam with Minced Garlic
Steamed Live Scottish Razor Clam with Minced Garlic
This is another dish which we never fails to eat as well. Personally I liked the taste of garlic and together with the soy sauce and tang hoon, it makes a perfect combination ! (Though I have to take two portions since my girl friend has a small appetite, but she managed to finished all the garlic before passing it to me….) The dish was cooked in perfect timing and it was not that “rubbery” and easy to swallow. 
Live Golden Stripe Lobster | Long Beach
Live Golden Stripe Lobster
The Stripe Lobster was a signature dish at Long Beach and definitely it lives up to its reputation. Compliment with sweet flakes covering the entire lobster, the freshness and juiciness of the lobster meat together with the crisp of the flakes is never too full to have a second serving. A must try dish !
Traditional Peng Cai (or treasure bowl)
Traditional Peng Cai (Treasure Bowl)


Last but not the least, the Traditional “Peng Cai” or Treasure Bowl. Nevertheless, this is not a must dish to eat during Chinese New Year but it symbolizes good fortune and most of the chinese people likes it. The dish consists of few main ingredients including, brocoli, prawns, abalone, tofu skin, mushrooms, sea cucumber, carrots, duck meat, pork, dried scallops and maybe other more meat which I did not managed to see all neatly placed in a claypot and boiled with superior broth. The portion above is good for 10 person easily without ordering any other dish, and of course we did not even managed to finish half of the dish after we have eaten those above. The good thing about it is the restaurant has actually catered (or maybe foresee the dish could not be finish at all) the claypot to be taken home which we can consumed later. Phew !

Overall the service of the restaurant is good, with attentive manager and waitress, I would say it is a good place for dinner. How about the price ? I did not pay a cent as it was a treat from my friend, but I would have guessed it might be over $600 per table.

Long Beach at Dempsey
25 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249670 (Left turn to Dempsey via Holland, before Peirce Rd)
Reservations: +65 6323 2222
Opening Hours: 11.00am to 3.00pm, 5.30pm to 1.30am daily