One of the things that’s synonymous with the old school lifestyle of elderly Singaporeans is the wet market.
It’s a place that bustles with so much life and a gathering spot for the previous generations, yet millennials and the younger generations fervently avoid it.
As a millennial, I can attest that the smell and wet floors bothers me. I do try to avoid the wet market as much as possible, though sometimes I do join my grandfather on his grocery shopping trips.
Now, enter Dish The Fish.
A Modern Fishmonger
This fishmongering business began as an outlet in West Coast Plaza, equipped with a kitchen and cooking studio for cooking demonstrations and sampling.
Equipped with elegant wood-panelled walls, glass displays (so aunties don’t aggressively poke and pick) and iPads for ordering, Dish The Fish might be a modern fishmonger, but they’re not losing out to their traditional counterparts.
Now they have a 2nd outlet in Beo Crescent Market, that looks more like a traditional wet market stall.
They bring in a wide variety of seafood from various sources, with popular Asian fishes such as Threadfin, Grouper (Garoupa?) and Pomfret and even lesser known fishes such as Tongue Sole, Yellow Ribbonfish and Asian Whiting (better known as Sua Jiam).
If you’re lucky, you might even find seasonal catches such as Salmon, Turbot and the rare Kinki (a type of Japanese rockfish).
On a personal note, the Asian Whiting is SENSATIONAL when lightly battered and deep fried. Moving on!
Don’t forget to check their online store to see what’s on sale, in season or out of stock. You can order the fish online and they’ll deliver it to you!
I am ashamed to say that I cannot cook. If you’re like me, Dish The Fish is a godsend.
The staff are knowledgeable and helpful, and will assist you with making a choice on choosing the “right” fish and how to determine what’s fresh or not.
Basically, they teach you how to be competent with seafood.
That’s not all, they even give tips on how to prepare the fish and the best way to cook the fish of your choice.
While this is formally known as a cooking studio, it’s more of a dine-in restaurant situation. What better way to teach you the best method to prepare a certain fish, than to cook, serve and taste it?
The menu isn’t extensive, and it comprises only seafood. They serve prawns, so if you’re allergic, this is your heads up.
Now, the menu is small, with 4 set meals and 4 à la carte dishes available. However, one thing’s for sure, the seafood is FRESH.
For the set meals that are reasonably priced from $10.80 to $12.80, you have a choice of Teochew Style Steamed Whole Snapper, Thai Style Steamed Prawns, or maybe something different with an Aburi Salmon Bowl.
The à la carte menu showcases 2 curry dishes that uses stingray and fish head respectively. The remaining 2 options allow you to fully customise your dish – choose your seafood of choice and cooking style.
Eh, Can Join Member!
That’s right, this fishmonger even has a membership program.
You will get $5 rebate as a welcome bonus when you register as a member at any of their stalls. As a member, every $10 spent will give you $0.10 cash rebate that you can redeem any time AND you’ll also know about exclusive promotions and products first.
It’s time to introduce my parents to this.
Dish The Fish is a great place to start if you’re new in the kitchen and venturing into handling and cooking seafood. With their friendly and knowledgeable staff, it won’t take long before you’re dishing out seafood dishes at home like a seasoned chef!
Dish The Fish
Address: 38A Beo Crescent Market #01-24, Singapore 169982
Opening Hours: Tue, Wed, Sat – Sun: 7am – 12pm
Contact no.: 8742 8957
Address: 154 West Coast Road, West Coast Plaza, #B1-22/23/24, Singapore 127371
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10am – 9pm
Contact no.: 6988 9271
(Header Image Source: UOB and Dish The Fish)