There’s something really satisfying about getting your hands dirty and digging into a messy seafood boil (or bucket), also known as shellout. If you want to take that experience to the next level, look no further than Sampanman, a halal seafood restaurant in Jewel Changi Airport, that’s sure to delight the most avid of seafood lovers.
Opened by the same team behind Louisiana seafood bucket concept Cajun on Wheels, Sampanman pays homage to Singapore’s history as a fishing village, most notably, the traditional Southeast Asian seafaring ethnic groups (like the orang laut) that lived on wooden boats.
That’s why the fresh and hearty seafood platters they specialise in — Singapore’s first “Boat Seafood” — are all served in custom-made griller sampan boats.
The largest platter of the lot, the XXL Fisherman Sampan (S$238), comprising Sri Lankan Crab, Boston Lobster, Prawns, Flower Clams, Mussels, Half Shell Scallop, Mantou Bun, Macaroni, and a choice of sauce, can feed up to six diners. It’s a feast, ya’ll.
Those who’ve dined at Cajun on Wheels will be familiar with this repertoire of sauces, with classics like the beloved Singapore Chilli Crab and Salted Egg Yolk, as well as the less traditional Sichuan Mala, Herbs and Butter, and Cheesy Soil.
Diners are also given the option of building their own sampan, so you can take your pick from the assortment of seafood, in varying sizes, and go all out!
Don’t forget to supplement your sampan feast with other sumptuous dishes like the Butterfly River Prawns (from S$14), Flower Clams with Tom Yum or Sambal Chilli (S$22), and even Chinese skewers (from S$1.50).
Not to be missed is the signature Truffle Buttermilk Crab Bee Hoon Soup (S$48), rice vermicelli (bee hoon) and a whole crab cooked in a milky broth with yam, nai bai, and aromatic truffle paste.
Prefer a lighter meal? You can find different varieties of comforting Bee Hoon Soup (from S$9) and Seafood Soup with Rice set meals — a great option for smaller eaters and solo diners.
Whether you’re hosting friends from abroad or celebrating a special occasion with family, this is one spot that’ll definitely make for a memorable communal dining experience. I guess we’ll sea you at Sampanman, then?
Reservations can be made here.
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