Sunday, February 12, 2006

The Sturgeon Quest

Sha Tin Kitchen
511 Geylang Road (off Lorong 27A)
Tel: 6747-2483

We set out on a quest to eat the sturgeon fish. The simple reason is, if the sturgeon as one of the most valued fishes in the world for its caviar producing nature, surely the flesh of the fish could not be bitter or terrible tasting. A while back we read a review about this slightly off the beaten road kitchen that served up some good family food and the egg-licious producing sturgeon fish.

This slightly non-descript kitchen sit along the long Geylang Road competing for attention alongside all the other fantastic food nooks around this area. This place has its own followings packing a full house on the weekend; it would be wise to make a reservation before making the trip.

There is a sense of humour in the menu that I appreciated, with an almost irreverent dish name like crouching tiger, hidden dragon, (lobster meat cooked with egg white and served on a potato nest) I simply could not resist ordering. Unfortunately, the dish sounded more exciting that it was, the lobster egg white mixture tasted a starchy and I could not quite detect the lobster at all. For the sturgeon dish, we opted for sturgeon stir-fried with eggplant. Thankfully this did not disappoint; the sturgeon fillets were first deep fried to create a crisp texture and the flesh of the fish was firm and sweet. However, other than that, the other dishes were not too extraordinary. The sturgeon adventure was a success, but I do not think I’ll be making another trip down here.

* Read colin’s from Only Slightly Pretentious Food review of Sha Tin Kitchen here, he dishes out better advice on what’s good here.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee the brinjal looks YUMS thou! Thks for de review. Wish it could juzzz Pop-Out of the screen. :)
Heh, seems like First Thai is catching on to you. So have you tried all de recommended dishes?
Btw, I finally went to Miss Clarity Cafe @Purvis St (same street as First Thai) for dessert. We tried the Chocolate Fondue for 2pax. It was good & cheap. Jux S$10 bucks Nett. It came with fresh marshmallows & pretty generous serving of fruits.
I will no longer order Choc Fondue fm Haagen Daz. Truly not worth paying so much for it.
Think I'll go back to Ms Clarity Cafe to try their food next time.

6:12 PM  
Blogger shaz said...

the fish dish looks absolutely amazing. do you think they'll ber crowded on saturdays?

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance this fish might be pacific dory ala catfish from the Mekhong river?

I heard it's quite a racket these days, passing off the Mekhong's catfish for a variety of other fish - best part, the catfish actually tastes good....


7:28 PM  
Blogger joone! said...

cin: yes, i love first thai! every time i'm around that region i try to suggest it to whoever i'm eating with. Miss clarity was disappointing for me when i first went and i haven't been back, maybe i will return.

shaz: the place is pretty pack on weekends, just call before you go to reserve a table.

eugene: i certainly hope not! if it is, my quest would be a failure! :)

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This resto also serves the best sambal in Singapore! I loved the sturgeon skin crackling it was amazing!

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

errata: it was crispy eel skin not sturgeon skin crackling

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Chef Tonny Chan has already left Shatin kitchen. Will update on his next location soon.

11:51 PM  

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