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 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.
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.
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.
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)
Tel: 6484 2495