Lagoon in a Bowl – Unique Salmon Blue Pea Rice Bowl At Just $10!
The rice bowl trend is taking Amoy Street Food Centre by storm. First Gyu Nami, then Big Bowls Project, and now Lagoon In A Bowl! Opened just a month ago, Lagoon in a Bowl was launched with ONLY one dish on their menu — Norwegian Salmon Rice Bowl($10)! It might sound pricey on first impression, but I assure you that its quality and portion make it a huge bang for your buck.
The amiable young owner, Zilch, shared about the stall’s beginnings. “My friend, Daniel, has a stall there selling wagyu beef don at Gyu Nami. So, I decided to take a stall there too. To avoid clashing with him, I went with salmon rice bowl instead. So we’re kinda like surf & turf,” commented the owner. Zilch is also managing Don, a hawker stall dishing out Japanese-Western fusion rice bowls.
Zilch created a “salmon swimming in a lagoon” by adding a bed of blue butterfly pea rice. It’s not everyday that you meet Calrose sushi grains dyed with a natural blue dye in rice bowls. I am pretty certain that the alluring blue hue will attract die-hard Instagram users, as well as curious foodies. First things first, the serving of blue-stained grains is extremely generous. I was assured that only fresh rice is served. While done well, the sticky rice might get a little jelak for some, after a couple of mouthfuls.
You can always count on rice bowl stalls to add a medley of colourful greens, which includes cherry tomatoes, Japanese cucumbers, and corn to their rice bowls.
“Swimming” in the “lagoon” is a slab of sous-vide fresh Norwegian salmon. You don’t need a fish expert to deduce that the moist salmon has nailed a beautiful medium rare centre. I’m not a fan of sashimi, but I dare say that even most will enjoy the tender fish. The salmon is topped with homemade mentaiko sauce, which is torched to add a touch of smokiness.
The onsen egg is just the cherry on top. The perfectly-cooked egg is sprinkled with furikake for a burst of umami.
Beyond just tasting and looking good, the dish is also nutritious. I wouldn’t mind braving the lunch crowd for this bowl of goodness!
Lagoon in a Bowl
Address: 7 Maxwell Road, Amoy Street Food Centre #01-48, Singapore 069111
Phone: 9119 2619
Opening Hours: 11am to 3pm daily. Closed on Sundays.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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