Half a year ago (Aug 2010), I was won over by Sheng Siong's frozen tilapia fillet. Having only purchased 6 bags of fillet (and thereafter completely sold out at all branches), I have been wondering where to get good quality frozen fish because I absolutely hate the taste and smell of sutchi fillet. Having endured going rather fish-less since Chinese New Year, we've relied largely on whitebait, squid, prawns, dried oysters and snapper as ingredients for seafood dish.
2 unopened packs of frozen grouper with skin
I don't deny being a fan of Sheng Siong supermarket - apart from their reasonable pricing, they're often showcasing new seafood products. Being fans of seafood, this place has become THE store to visit when we need a seafood fix.
The nice lady who taught me how to fry whitebait
Kudos to the ladies who are dishing samples of seafoods and cooking tips tirelessly everyday at certain branches of Sheng Siong supermarkets. They've really taught me alot about handling fish and seasoning them.
Immediately set 2 pieces to defrost - around S$2.50
(fresh grouper will cost around S$10)
Last week, I was at Sheng Siong again and went up to the lady (who did a great demo of frying whitebait and frozen tilapia) to say hello and shamelessly take sampling (the deep-fried whitebait she prepares is terribly addictive!). Remembering me, she said in Mandarin, "I have something new and better this time! Grouper fillet! Same way of cooking like the other fish that's sold out - you will like it!"
After 20 minutes... Definitely grouper fillet (can see
from the skin and markings)
Just in case you're not familiar with prices of fish, the grouper is considered an expensive species (especially if you order a whole fish steamed/fried at Chinese restaurants) - I guess now many more cost-conscious families can afford to have grouper all the time! Hence, after trying a delicious sampling of deep-fried grouper fillet, I proceeded to buy three packs of fillet without further ado... My husband gave the thumbs up too 'cos he likes eating fish with skin (the tilapia fillet came without skin).
Grouper fillet sliced and ready for seasoning
S$8.50 (for a pack of 5 to 8 pieces of fillet, depending on size) is a very reasonable price.
Best of all, no cleaning needed and keeps well frozen - I am sure going to stock up more packs.
Tastes great - no fishy taste. Won't even know it's frozen if no one declares it!
Pan-fried grouper and prawns with sweet-sour
sauce dip and boiled kailan