Just Steam Tasting Session

February 03, 2017 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Just Steam Tasting Session
776 North Bridge Road

Opening Hours:
Daily: 5pm - 4am



https://www.facebook.com/juststeamsg/


This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session.
Attended with representatives from HungryGoWhere, The Arctic Star, Purple Taste, Epicurious Caniggia, Coffee & Cravings, Food Gem SG, Foodielicious, and Damien_TC.



Meal At Just Steam
Meal At Just Steam



Fresh, Steamed Seafood Galore

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 9
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 9
Service: 9
Value for Money: 9
Spent about SGD $45 per person.


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Founded in November 2016, Just Steam is a Chinese casual dining restaurant that offers a host of seafood, all cooked using their signature method; steaming. Just Steam has quickly gained popularity for its fresh, healthy, nutritious, reasonably priced seafood, served professionally in a comfortable environment.

Just Steam Signage
Just Steam Signage


Sculpture Of Man Bowing
Sculpture Of Man Bowing



Ambience at Just Steam is modern, clean, and casual. The brightly lit space is livened with a vibrant blue and white nautical theme, and the comfortable black cushioned chairs around the spacious, custom-built glass topped tables look sleek. The smell of steaming seafood hangs lightly in the air, and the sauce counter is easily accessible. Feels welcoming and lively. However, the outside of the restaurant looks drab, not visually appealing or eye-catching, save for a bowing statue.

Just Steam Exterior
Just Steam Exterior


Just Steam Interior
Just Steam Interior


Seating



Service at Just Steam is top-notch, modelled after fine dining restaurants. Staff are quick to welcome and seat guests, and while they converse mostly in Chinese Mandarin, they understand a little English. Good product knowledge, they're able to list the various types of seafood, and will accede to off-menu requests. All cooking is done by staff in front of you, as the injection steamer requires some skill. If you insist, staff will also let you cook the food on your own. They also offer a change of cutlery during your meal, and clear away empty / dirty tables efficiently.

Table With Attached Water Tank
Table With Attached Water Tank


Table Setting


Built-In Injection Steamer With Digital Dashboard
Built-In Injection Steamer With Digital Dashboard



Food at Just Steam is all about Chinese style steamed seafood. Freshness is key here, because you'll be able to taste the difference. I'm pleased to say that during our visit, the extensive range of seafood we had was very fresh, clean-tasting, and delicious. Cooked simply by steaming, the natural flavours of the seafood really shine. Portions are sized for communal dining, and visiting in groups of at least 4 or more people is recommended. Prices are mid-range, but considerably more affordable for premium seafood than elsewhere, and reasonable enough. Budget about SGD $45 per person for a full meal here.

Just Steam Menu Ala-Carte
Menu Ala-Carte


Just Steam Menu Set Meal
Menu Set Meal



They offer a small selection of sauces for you to create your own dipping sauce. Personally, I love the taste of the fresh seafood, so I tried to use as little sauce as possible. However, some items, like the fish, actually taste better with sauce. My picks for sauce include the sesame paste, sesame oil, chili paste, and fresh chili.

Selection Of Sauces - Spring Onions, Garlic, Light Soy Sauce, Sesame Paste, Sambal Belachan, Chili Paste, Parsley, Fresh Chili, Fish Sauce, Tabasco Sauce


Light Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil


DIY Mix Sauce



The Raw - Congee With Dried Shrimp / Seafood Porridge (SGD $5) is prepared before the start of the meal, with uncooked white rice and dried shrimp added to the bottom of the steamer, then staff lay the steam grill over the top. Throughout the 1 - 2 hour meal, the natural juices and flavors from all the vegetables and seafood flow down into the base of the steamer, cooking it.

Raw - Congee With Dried Shrimp / Seafood Porridge (SGD $5)


Raw - Congee With Dried Shrimp / Seafood Porridge



The Signature Pork Bee Hoon (SGD $8 / $12 / $16) looks plain, but has a wonderfully bold, smoky aroma, and a flavour that is savoury peppery with a hint of salty, completely delicious. The owner's daughter says she's been eating this since young, and it's easy to see why this is a best seller here. Highly recommended!

Signature Pork Bee Hoon
Signature Pork Bee Hoon (SGD $8 / $12 / $16)


Signature Pork Bee Hoon


Signature Pork Bee Hoon


Signature Pork Bee Hoon



The Display Of Fresh Seafood is a visual feast for the eyes, whetting the appetite, and allowing diners to inspect the good quality of the seafood.

Display Of Fresh Seafood
Display Of Fresh Seafood



Staff started us on the lighter seafood, being the Raw - Scallops (SGD $12), Oysters (SGD $6.50 Per Piece), which were steamed together. The scallop has a lovely bouncy chew to texture, with a light sweet savoury flavour, very clean-tasting and fresh. The oyster has a medium briny salty flavour, with a soft creamy texture, and I find adding a touch of lemon juice and light soy sauce to this helps enhance the taste. Good!

Raw - Scallops (SGD $12), Oysters (SGD $6.50 Per Piece)


Cooked - Scallops, Oysters


Scallop
Scallop


Oyster
Oyster






The Raw - Lobsters (SGD $45 Per Piece) look absolutely beautiful when laid out on the steamer. Fresh, clean-tasting, meaty sweet, the lobsters are so good. In particular the amount of lobster tomalley (actually lobster innards) is substantial, and having this luxurious ingredient feels decadent, like you're pampering yourself. Good!

Raw - Lobsters (SGD $45 Per Piece)


Raw - Lobsters


Steaming Lobsters
Steaming Lobsters


Cooked - Lobsters


Cooked - Lobsters


Lobster Tomalley
Lobster Tomalley


Lobster
Lobster


Lobster


Lobster Meat






Staff lay out the Raw - Fish Sea Bass (SGD $25), Clams (SGD $12), to steam together. Love the fresh, plump clams, which have a light sweet flavour, and completely lacks the bitter taste. The sea bass fish is meaty, and Chef has taken the effort to debone most of it, so the meat comes off easily. Do watch out for a few small bones that remain. The fish is clean-tasting and sweet, and I find adding a little light soy sauce and sesame oil helps enhance the flavour. Good!

Raw - Fish Sea Bass (SGD $25)


Raw - Clams (SGD $12)


Raw- Fish Sea Bass, Clams


Cooked - Fish Sea Bass, Clams


Clams
Clams


Fish Sea Bass
Fish Sea Bass



The Raw - Crabs (SGD $21), Glutinous Rice (SGD $6) is neatly arranged in a steamer basket, with the glutinous rice forming the base and the crabs on top. The sticky savoury glutinous rice, which has tender earthy shiitake mushrooms and chewy firm lup cheong / Chinese pork sausage cubes within, absorbs all the natural sweet juice and roe of the crabs, making it extremely delicious. The crabs are fresh and large, with a good amount of clean-tasting, sweet meat and roe. Love that Chef has thoughtfully pre-cracked the shells for easy eating. Highly recommended!

Raw - Crabs (SGD $21), Glutinous Rice (SGD $6)


Raw - Crabs


Cooked - Crabs, Glutinous Rice


Crabs
Cooked - Crabs


Crabs, Glutinous Rice


Crabs With Glutinous Rice
Crabs With Glutinous Rice


Glutinous Rice
Glutinous Rice






The Raw - Napa Cabbage (SGD $5), Golden Mushrooms (SGD $5), King Trumpet Mushrooms (SGD $5), Pork Belly Bacon (SGD $8 for 8 pieces), Mushroom Pork Meat Ball (SGD $10 for 5 pieces) is steamed together in layers. While the savoury pork belly bacon becomes soft, it imparts a slight meaty flavour to the crunchy sweet napa cabbage, tender earthy golden mushrooms, and chewy earthy meaty king trumpet mushrooms. The mushroom pork meat ball is home made, and has a bouncy texture with an earthy savoury salty flavour. Good!

Raw - Napa Cabbage (SGD $5), Golden Mushrooms (SGD $5), King Trumpet Mushrooms (SGD $5)


Raw - Pork Belly Bacon (SGD $8 for 8 pieces)


Raw - Mushroom Pork Meat Ball (SGD $10 for 5 pieces)


Raw - Napa Cabbage, Golden Mushrooms, King Trumpet Mushrooms, Pork Belly Bacon, Mushroom Pork Meat Ball


Cooked - Napa Cabbage, Golden Mushrooms, King Trumpet Mushrooms, Pork Belly Bacon, Mushroom Pork Meat Ball


Napa Cabbage, Golden Mushrooms, King Trumpet Mushrooms
Napa Cabbage, Golden Mushrooms, King Trumpet Mushrooms


Pork Belly Bacon, Home Made Pork & Vegetable Meat Ball
Pork Belly Bacon, Mushroom Pork Meat Ball



Staff assist to round off the meal with hardy vegetables, the Raw - Corn On The Cob (SGD $5), Purple Sweet Potato (SGD $6). The corn, still on its kernel, has a lovely fresh sweet flavour, though I found myself wishing for some butter and salt with it. Still tasty though, and really healthy. The Japanese purple sweet potato stains everything a vibrant hue, and its tender soft texture and light earthy sweet flavour is nice. Good!

Raw - Corn On The Cob (SGD $5), Purple Sweet Potato (SGD $6)


Cooked - Corn On The Cob, Purple Sweet Potato


Corn On The Cob, Purple Sweet Potato
Corn On The Cob, Purple Sweet Potato



Finally after 1 - 2 hours, and lots of steaming of seafood and vegetables, the Cooked - Congee With Dried Shrimp / Seafood Porridge is ready. Infused with all the sweet savoury flavours of the fresh ingredients, the medium thick porridge congee is warm and comforting. Staff add spring onions and help to stir everything, before serving. Love this satisfiying finish to the meal. Highly recommended!

Cooked - Congee With Dried Shrimp / Seafood Porridge


Congee With Dried Shrimp
Congee With Dried Shrimp / Seafood Porridge



Overall, Just Steam stands apart from the crowd with its focus on steaming food as a cooking method. With its extensive menu, great tasting fresh seafood, and reasonable prices, Just Steam is sure to continue attracting the crowds. Their professional and efficient service staff, along with the welcoming, comfortable ambience, make Just Steam an unforgettable dining experience. Can't wait to return for more!


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