Friday, June 20, 2014

Lunch @ Red House Seafood, Prinsep Street + {Giveaway}

Knowing that most places would be so crowded on Father's Day itself, we had an early Father's Day lunch at Red House Seafood, Prinsep Street the day before with my parents. My dad's been real busy at work lately so it's nice that we can have a relaxing family get-together, especially for this special day to celebrate the two most important guys in my life :)

Established since 1976, Red House is one of the oldest seafood restaurants in Singapore that continues to draw diners with its delicious local seafood fare. Did you know they got their name from its original location in a striking red colonial bungalow formerly located at Upper East Coast Road?? Anyway, since it is celebrating its 38th anniversary this year, the restaurant recently introduced a host of new dishes and set meals, which we went to try since daddy {well, the rest of the family too!} is a HUGE seafood fan.

Red House actually has 2 other outlets at  East Coast Seafood Centre & The Quayside, but this is its flagship restaurant in a beautiful conservation shophouse. It is pretty large and spacious, which I like as you can eat comfortably without having to scream over the next table's conversation and you don't feel like you're in a sardine can :P

We started our meal with the Dim Sum Basket of siew mai, mixed mushroom dumpling, crispy scallop & chives dumpling, and chilli-crab bun. Red House is known for its chilli crabs buns {fried or steamed} which is stuffed with their signature chilli crabs, but these are only available during lunch-time.

Recently, the chefs tweaked the recipe to include bamboo charcoal powder which adds a black hue to the bun and improve its taste and texture. Seems like bamboo buns are getting quite popular! I've seen it sold at a few bakeries already. Anyway the black hue also lends a beautiful contrast to the fiery red crab filling! It was really delicious and pretty interesting as it was the first time I ate chilli crab this way. Too bad the boy can't take crabs but oh well... more for me!! I wish there was more chilli crab filling in the bun though :P

Next up was another of their signature dishes - Shelled Prawns with Creamy Custard Sauce. It was absolutely delightful with more than enough sauce to drench each juicy tiger prawn bite. I thought there was salted egg yolk inside that made it so savoury and appetising, but it's actually an aromatic blend of milk, butter and kaffir leaves. Even the boy, who is allergic to prawns as well {oops!} couldn't help but salivate at its fragrance too.

I think our fave dish of the day was the Steamed Megrim Fish, a departure from the usual fish options that we usually have. It's quite an uncommon flat fish from the turbot family and has a very silky texture. It was lightly steamed with garlic, soya sauce and spring onions and didn't have much small fish bones.. which was great because Lil Pumpkin kept asking for more, more, MORE! Sometimes I'm scared to feed her fish in case she chokes on the bones, but luckily this one's all right.

I thought the Crispy Duck Szechuan looked rather dry but the boy and my mum loved its crispy skin. Lil Pumpkin also had fun wrapping it up in the thin pancake skins and dipping it the sauce, which wasn't too salty.

The last dish before dessert, Oyster ‘Yuan Yang’ Hor Fun, featured deep-fried swirls of hor fun {broad, chewy noodles} in a delicious gravy covered under a bed of fluffy omelette and Scottish oysters. The serving size was just right and did not leave us feeling too bloated. It was a nice twist to the usual hor fun dishes, and one of the restaurant's new dishes.

We ended off our lunch with Chilled Mango Pomelo with Sago for the boy & my parents, while I shared my Chilled Lime Sherbet with Lemongrass Jelly with Lil Pumpkin. The only gripe from the boy that day about our meal was that the mango dessert seemed too watery... kinda like a custard drink? My lime sherbert was a little tart, but I liked it that way. The lemongrass jelly was smooth and refreshing as well. I need to learn how to make this at home!!!

Red House Seafood, Prinsep Street
68 Prinsep Street
Mon – Fri: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.00pm – 10.30pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 11.00 am – 10.30 pm
Tel: 6336 6080

Just for my special blog readers and friends only, I have TWO Red House Seafood 5-Course Set Lunch Packages {worth S$38++ for 2 pax} to give away! Each 5-course set lunch currently comes with a Dim Sum Basket, Creamy Custard Prawns, Oyster 'Yuan Yang' Hor Fun, Fried Daily Greens and Homemade Durian Mochi.

Please note that depending on your chosen date of dining {available daily}, dishes may vary and this is to be redeemed exclusively at their Prinsep Street outlet by 31 Aug 2014.

Giveaway Method: Random Draw

1. Be a Sakura Haruka Facebook page fan

2. Be a Red House Seafood Singapore page fan

3. Like & Share this Facebook photo and tag a friend. Make sure your post is public!

4. Leave me a blog comment telling me your best kids meal idea + FB name you used to like the pages + email add. For those unsure of how to comment, choose "Name/URL" option then add your name and comment. If you prefer to send me your email add privately, leave a comment for the other answers then contact me at sakuraharuka {at} live {dot} com.

TWO random winners will be chosen. Just complete all 4 simple steps!

* Open to Singapore residents only.
* Ends Monday, 30 Jun 2014 2359hrs {Singapore time} 
* Incomplete or inappropriate entries will be deemed invalid and will not be included.
* Winners will be announced by Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 on this blog post and notified via email. Winners have 3 days to reply, or the prize will be redrawn.
* Set lunch package does not include drinks and is available only at Prinsep Street outlet. 
* Prize to be redeemed by Sunday, 31 Aug 2014.

UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. The winners are Gordon Ngiam and Junie Chia. Stay tuned for more blog giveaways on Sakura Haruka! Check out my current readers promos too. Thanks for your support!

* Disclosure: Red House Seafood Singapore provided the set lunches  for review and giveaway. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.



Celyncloset said...

Vegetable & Meat patty!!! My kids don't like green so I will cut it into small pieces and mix with meat. Then fry the patty for them!!!! They super likes to eat if I cook it this way!!!!

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Unknown said...

Wish we haven't been to singapore yet! Would have loved to had gone here for a meal!

Anonymous said...

Mmm fish & chips and goodie bag full of toys
Fb Vincent lee wee ping

Tay Lucy said...

Smashed Potato with minced meat.

FB name : Lulu Tay
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preciouz said...

spaghetti bolognese is a sure win..the kids polish their plates in record time

jaime chan

prectitude said...

My kids luv pumpkin rice, with prawns, chinese sausage n green beans

FB name Kathy Woon-Tan

Anonymous said...

Fiah & Chips
Facebook name: wendy lee

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Teck Huat said...

The way to attract kids to love what they are eating is how we present our food. The best kids meal to me is meals that come with cartoon character that the kids love. on top of that, we must make sure the food do not look dull. While preparing the meals, we must make sure that the food is cook and it is not hard. It is so that, the kids could chew and sallow the food more easily.

Teck Huat said...

FB name: Teck Huat

Shirley said...

My idea of best kid's meal should consist of a well-balanced diet with fish/chicken meat, some veg and some soup. Best if it can be served with pretty cutleries and plates that will attract kids.

Shirley Yong

Ser said...

Noodle soup with greens and pork slices. Its a healthy and easy to made 1 dish meal.
FB Name: Ace Serene

Unknown said...

Thanks for d give away contest :)
My bao bei gal gal favourite food is rice and noodle. If I get to win will definitely bring them try on d yuan yang hor fan which they like to call it as Ah Fan... wahahaha!!!
cheers :)

Unknown said...

Present the kids meal in a cute way and they will finish up fast!

Fab nick Adeline koo

Unknown said...

Prepare a salmon bento meal with kids and make them decorate their own food. It will be fun and at the same time healthy for them,

FB : Eddy Khoo
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Unknown said...

Best kids meal is full of colourful vegetables, fish n meat in nice arrangement n shapes.
Facebook name: Cherry joanna

Nancy Cheng said...

The best kids meal is something that they wolf down with much enthusiasm. My older one was a reflux toddler till 4yr; my younger one was a super fussy eater. Even when they wolf down a simple cheese bun, it is delight to our hearts!
FB Name: Nancy Cheng
Email: nczls (at) yahoo (dot) com

Mum's calling said...

Best kids meal would be easy to prepare dishes, I like doing the kids pasta with meat and veg!

fb name: ka-ren chen

girls and me said...

Wow.. Dim Sum Basket look yum!!! Hope got chance to try. My young gal don't like to eat vegetable so I will cut it into small pieces and mix with egg. Become fry eggs. she loves it. She call it colorful fry egg 😊

FB: KaRen Ong
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Unknown said...

Best kids meal is something creative,healthy food that is suitable for our kids. My eldest daughter is very picky on her meal. she loves colorful dishes and every meal must have a steamfish. If I win the Set Lunch Packages from Red House Seafood I will definitely bring her there to try her fav steamed Megrim Fish. FB: Apple Junie Email Address:

Cherie said...

My favourite kid's meal idea is steamed eggs! Its easy to make, nutritious and my kids love it so much!

FB name: Cherie Lim
Email: cherieladie(at)msn(dot)com

Diana said...

Son loves everything I cook! (Thankfully)

Kid meal idea/kid friendly food is definitely anything homecooked, green vegetables, fresh poultry and some seasoning and we have delicious healthy home style claypot chicken rice.


Ms W said...

My best idea or kids meal will be oven baked mashed potato, fish and green vegetable with cheese.

Fb name: Suwanti Tan

Mamamie said...

My favourite kids meal is probably PIZZA, coz my children love pizza so much they can eat again & again.
FB: Amie Chen

Tony Ong said...

Cubed Luncheon Meat,Cubed Potato and Cubed Carrot with Tomato Ketchup.

FB Name : Tony Ong
Email :

Unknown said...

My best kids meal idea is steamed red brown rice served with their favourite dishes: stir fried baby spinach, crispy-outside-tender-inside air fried salmon, and slow steamed silky chawanmushi.

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
My girl has recently taken to eating crab and I hope to bring her to try THE BEST!

Wendy Tay

June Lee said...

I will use ingredients filled with nutritious value and make fun looking bento to make the best kids meal =)

FB Name : June Lee

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Eileen. 静 said...

Pasta :) simple prawn and peas pasta or add in some salmon for my god children. they love noodles!

FB name: Eileen Lim

An Apel a Day said...

I love your photos! The food they have looks really good!

Stacy said...

I don't have a single surefire thing my fussy girl will eat! *cry* So for now, I just go for variety.

(Gahh what DOESN'T look good on your pics?? *droolzz*)

Grace said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

ABC soup - nutritious and easy on the palate.

FB: Grace Tan

daphnegal said...

Favourite is macaroni soup !

Fb Name : daphnegal
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themodernparent said...

i am definitely coming to you for all my advice whenever I get to visit Singapore. Certainly somewhere that is on my list and that food looks divine!

Unknown said...

My three kids favourite has to be oxtail stew as it has sauce, veggies and meat..a complete meal by itself
FB name: Fonteynleow

Unknown said...

My kids favourite is Hakka abacus is a highlight as it is only served during special occasions.

Unknown said...

my kids favourite is french toast as this is a breakfast they can make themselves without relying on the maid
facebook: Jeslyn Leow Fon Fon

Meixin said...

Ideally my kiddy's meal should packed with nutrition but my girl is a picky eater so I'd rather to have it packed with what she likes - potato, egg, chicken wing and rice!

Thanks for the giveaway!

FB Name: Mei Zeng Xin

Unknown said...

Best kids' meal:
My 5 year old's answer: Nuggets, fries, ice cream, Yakult and a big screen TV!
My answer though is slightly different: All food groups represented to them, and an empty plate returned to me. So something like grilled chicken with mashed potatoes and broccoli, with fruit for dessert :)

Adora from Gingerbreadmum!

Anonymous said...

Grilled salmon, steamed broccoli, corn with rice. Durian as dessert!
Little Detour

Josephine said...

Mashed potato,corns,peas,carrots and a slice of cod fish..Nutritious and healthy for a growing child. Any child would be enticed by the colourful display of the food.

FB Name: Josephine Tan Kiat Teng

Jingxian said...

Soups and spaghetti. Somehow they prefer noodles than rice.


Unknown said...

Steamed Rice with cod fish, broccoli, carrot and a hot bowl of soup!

FB name: KM Wong

Yippee said...

Fish & Chips

FB Name: Yippee Woods

Unknown said...

Freshly made salmon patties with lots of vegetables on a bed of fluffy Japanese rice.

Jessie L H Sng

Carol Mei Mei said...

Loved the kids' pasta meal at Spuds and Apron at Faber Peak. Al dente spaghetti chock full of Bolognese sauce n meatballs. Great value for money.

Carol lim mei mei

Robert Sim said...

Robert Sim

My homecooked sweet potato & scallop porridge, with miso cod and sesame chicken! Nutritious for my kids.

S Sim Neo said...

Fried noodles are great one-dish meals. It has the ability to whet one's appetite and be nutritionally balanced!

Dotz said...

Best kids meal: Grilled cheese sandwiches and milk!
FB Name: Dorothea Xu

Unknown said...

I love to make vegetable samosas for kids as they're chockful of healthy veges.

Jane Lee

Unknown said...

Healthy & A Meal that will make the children to eat. Creativity will makes them curious and thus they will see and eat it to experience it. Vegetables & Fruits plays a important part. <3

Facebook Name : Felicia Leong
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Unknown said...

Sweet & Sour fish, egg, hotdog and rice decorated in the shape of a crab to complement what the adults would usually order - chilli crab.
FB - Macy Siew Ang
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Anonymous said...

Creativity and presentation in a meal will attract the child's attention to try the food. A balanced meal of meat and vegetables with potatoes will be ideal.

Gordon Ngiam

shawn said...

Facebook: shawn toh junji

Best kids meal has to be something visually appetising to keep their attention and also not too bland yet healthy.

The dishes at Red house seafood would be perfect for kids as it offers variety and has the above qualities. Kids can also choose the portion the want from each dish in order to reduce food wastage.

Other popular choices would be spaghetti as it is easy to prepare and affordable.

coldkohmew said...

vegetable crab patty with potatoes

Koh Jun Jie Jason

Winston Teo said...

Fish and chips

Winston Teo

Grace said...

My mouth is salivating and I just had lunch!!! That steamed fish! The duck! Nom, nom, NOM! :) x

Pearlyn Toh said...

My best kids meal idea is one that is high in nutrition and nicely decorated on a plate with a cartoon character! This way, kids will be more willing to try to eat vegetables or food that they don't like! :)
FB name: Pearlyn Pei Lin
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Chay Hwai said...

Food with cute cartoon faces. It would attract children to finish up all the food.

PH Pang said...

Pancakes with different types of fruits toppings!

PH Pang

Vinturesome Joy said...

Cartoon design food with bite size cut.

Vinturesome Joy

Missy Grace L said...

My ideal kid's meal is a little of everything ( nutritious food ) place nicely in a cartoon bowl This probably will encourage kid's to eat more.

Cecilia Chng said...

My best kids meal idea is oats + yogurt + milk + chia seeds + fruits and leave them overnight for their next day nutritious and delicious breakfast!
FB name : Cecilia Chng
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Bebe Gi Lee said...

No oily, heaty and cold food. Healthy food of veggie, fish, chicken and etc that's good for their health.

Elisabeth said...

Fish and Chips!!
FB Name: Elisabeth Howard
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Richard said...

Lobster & Fruit Salad served with Mayo. Red House Seafood is the best! yummy! Cheers!!!

Debra said...

One pot pasta!


Michelle Ang said...

Tomato Pasta with chicken meat. Healthy and nice!!
FB: MicHelle ANg

Kaye Wong said...

My best kids meal idea is to make a rice roll filled up with vegetables and meats, and decorated like a little snowman :-)

Facebook Name: Kaye Wong
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Anonymous said...

Okonomiyaki with layers of veggies, meat fused together with pancake mix and drizzled with sweet teriyaki sauce :)

FB name: Jovinne Sham

Unknown said...

My idea of a best kids' meal is healthy & blaalanced diet. With a fish/meat and veg and a soup, I am more than happy knowung that they have eaten well.

Yeo Keng Seng

Joe Woon said...

Name: Joe Woon


Kids fav food is Mummy's special rainbow sushi (colourful veg) made with love! Healthy and pretty, always brings out e smile in them

Gan Say Bin said...

Either DIY sushi roll or DIY pizza, both fun and nutrition combined for the kids!

Gan Say Bin

Daphne said...

ABC Soup, nutritious & savoury

FB name: Daphne Chua

Peng Geok Soh said...

Tomato omelette with cherry tomatoes and ketchup. Simple and delicious!

FB name: Peng Geok Soh

Hong Liang said...

Having arcade basketball machines and those claw-catching machine on the left side, beside the dining table. On the right side, there's an magnificant seaside view and a clear blue sky, with a mini pool where one can enjoy a dip into it anytime. On the dining table, I strongly believe that a home-cooked meal is always the best. For soup, a bowl of hot pipping boiled chicken soup with ginseng will be awesome. As for the appetizer, there's a home-cooked scallips in XO Sauce. Main course is always the climax of any meals. A fusion of grilled dory fish and caramel sauce, acoompanied with fresh greens and potato salad will be perfect. Its dessert time! A strawberry banana lava cake with a scoop of passion fruit ice cream will mark a sweet and wonderful end to a good meal! My definition of a best kids meal must be delicious, home-cooked and must have the feeling of warmth and Home.

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Wenny Ow said...

crepes with baked apples and fresh berry sauce

FB name: Wenny Ow

Unknown said...

Tonkichi Pork Cutlets is my son's hot favourite meal!

Hope to win.

Name of FB Account : Audrey Soo