Planning a meal after viewing the Rain Vortex? Renowned Chinese restaurant brand PUTIEN has opened an outlet at Jewel Changi Airport.
This is its 13th outlet in Singapore, and 62th in the chain of restaurants across Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan and Beijing.
You may not know that PUTIEN actually began in 2000 as a no-frills coffee shop-style eatery at Kitchener Road, specialising in Heng Hwa cuisines. I have been dining there since then (in fact it was one of my first few reviews), and seen how it has expanded yet still serve those familiar, comforting food.
The Michelin Guide noticed it in 2016, recognising its Hong Kong Causeway Bay outlet as a Bib Gourmand Restaurant, and awarding one Michelin Star to its Kitchener Road outlet consecutively every year.
Rooted to its namesake city of Putian (a Fujian coastal suburb), PUTIEN’s menu reflects the city’s heritage – fresh, light, and invigorating.
PUTIEN DUOTOU Clam Specials
If you dine at PUTIEN Restaurants from now till 31st July 2019, look out for the clam festival featuring DUOTOU Clams, a treasured delicacy, aka the “King of Clams”.
These popular clams have reached celebrity status, with over 80 tons of DUOTOU Clams sold worldwide last year.
DUOTOU Clams are named after Duo Tou village in the coastal city of Putian, where they have been bred for more than 600 years.
They are prized for being plump and meaty (they’re not called King of Clams for nothing) and for their unique, succulent taste.
These distinctly large clams can grow up to 6 cm in length, thanks to the abundant minerals, organic matter and brine algae from the fertile, sand-less, black mud in Duo Tou.
Compared to other areas, Duo Tou villages have a higher salinity level. This makes the clams especially fresh and sweet.
Enjoy these beautiful golden-shelled molluscs at PUTIEN, freshly flown in from Putian, and creatively prepared in eight different ways.
Also don’t miss out the new promo – order 2 DUOTOU Clam dishes for a special price of $39.80++. Consider trying the two new spicy flavours of Stir-fried Sambal Chives with DUOTOU Clam and Thai-flavoured DUOTOU Clam.
Stir-fried Sambal Chives with DUOTOU Clam ($22.80)
Welcome this new spicy taste in your plate of DUOTOU Clams, drawing heat from the distinctively South-East Asian condiment sambal.
Made from a mixture of chili peppers, shrimp paste, garlic and other seasoning, the spicy sambal paste is stir-fried along with the luscious clams to yield a savoury-spicy combo.
This dish is big on harmony as it displays a good balance of flavours, including a light onion taste from the heap of crunchy chives added to it. Fried over high heat, you would also love its wok-hei.
Thai-Flavoured DUOTOU Clam ($21.80)
The second new spicy flavour is inspired by the cuisine of Thailand, where fresh, succulent DUOTOU Clams are tossed in a special home-made Thai sauce.
This sauce is a refreshing mix of six different types of fruits and vegetables combining to create a unique flavour, which may just remind you of the Thai Papaya Salad dish.
Taste how the clams acquire a whole new taste with this slight spicy-sweet sauce.
Baked DUOTOU Clam on Hot Plate ($21.80)
Order this dish and find out why it has been Putien’s bestselling dish for three consecutive years.
These DUOTOU Clams are baked, then served steaming hot on a bed of sea salt. What you do it get a piece of the fresh clam and gently dip into the salt.
If you want to taste the original freshness of the clam sans any additional sauces, this would allow you to savour its succulence and natural flavours.
Steamed DUOTOU Clam with Minced Garlic ($19.80)
Another cooking method that brings out the best in clams is steaming.
The Steamed DUOTOU Clam with Minced Garlic allows you to experience this through a beautifully arranged spread of lightly steamed clams served in half-shells. This reminded me of the comforting dish of Steamed Bamboo (Razor) Clams.
As simple as it may sound, steaming preserves the flavours of clam better.
Each plump and juicy clam-on-a-shell is topped with a dollop of and sprinkled with spring onions, enhanced further with a splash of soy sauce.
My personal favourite DUOTOU dish – it would be hard to stop at just eating one piece.
Stir-fried DUOTOU Clam with Ginger & Spring Onion ($21.80)
One of the most loved traditional cooking methods among Fujian locals is stir frying. This home-style stir-fried dish is something you can actually find in most homes in Duo Tou village.
Fresh DUOTOU Clams are stir-fried over high heat and served with chopped scallions (spring onions) and ginger.
Enjoy this dish like a Fujian local by pairing it with Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon or PUTIEN Cabbage Rice.
Steamed DUOTOU Clam in Fermented Wine ($22.80)
Huadiao, a traditional Chinese wine, is central to this dish.
The fresh DUOTOU Clams are steamed in this fermented wine until the natural sweetness of the clams are infused into the alcoholic broth.
Order this and you will be served a bowl filled to the brim with steamed DUOTOU Clams, and some nourishing broth with a heady aroma.
DUOTOU Clam Omelette ($22.80)
This dish is specially created by the chefs of PUTIEN as a symbolic appreciation for the clam farmers of Duo Tou Village (Do you know that most of the head chefs of PUTIEN are from Putian itself?)
Combining clams with eggs is traditional way of eating among the residents of Putian.
The succulent clams add a meaty texture to the egg, creating an omelette that’s a bit crunchy and chewy at the same time.
Similar to the local delicacy of Oyster Omelette, this should be a favourite of family and children.
Salted Spicy DUOTOU Clam ($22.80)
Prepared simply by coating the DUOTOU Clams in a light batter seasoned with salt and pepper and chopped chillies, the clams are then deep-fried to a crisp.
Despite the seemingly basic ingredients used, this dish is potentially addictive to munch on.
The salty spicy taste makes this a good starter, but excellent as a food pairing with your favourite drinks.
PUTIEN at Jewel Changi Airport – 3 Signature “Classic Treasures of Fujian”
The new PUTIEN outlet at Jewel Changi Airport features an open kitchen to showcase how they uniquely prepare their signature dishes.
These dishes are the “Classic Treasures of Fujian”, namely the PUTIEN Bian Rou Soup, ‘100-Second’ Stewed Yellow Croaker, and the famous PUTIEN Lor Mee.
PUTIEN Bian Rou Soup – pork meat wrappers in traditional soup ($4.90 per pax)
This signature Fujian specialty soup made with bian rou (similar to wonton dumplings) is backed with more than 500 years of history.
The delicate paper-thin wonton wrapper is actually made of pork meat, is handcrafted using a technique originating from the Chinese Imperial dynasty of Qin.
The pork meat is kneaded and rolled with wooden sticks, a method exclusively practiced in Fujian.
Imagine 3 hours of continuous pounding and rolling on the meat paste, tenderising it for more than 10,000 times to achieve a 0.3cm thickness. It is this degree of thinness that gives the pork meat wrappers a good bite and springiness.
The bian rou are presented in a light, tasty broth with specially-made vinegar and seaweed, which would have a comforting, warming effect on the belly.
‘100-Second’ Stewed Yellow Croaker ($14.90)
Commonly found in Taiwan Strait, the Yellow Croaker is best known for its tender and boneless texture.
What makes this dish special is how PUTIEN sources the fish from its original habitat. The fishes are flown in from Ningde, a seaside city in the province of Fujian.
It is so fresh the fish is delivered to the restaurant within 24 hours from harvest from the breeding grounds of Xiapu.
Named as such because it was cooked precisely for 100 seconds, the fresh Yellow Croaker is stewed with ginger and spring onions to create a light yet appetizing dish.
You can savour the tender flesh and natural sweetness of the fish, sliced to separate the flesh apart and yet keeping the shape of the fish intact. If you are looking for a healthy dish, this is a top choice.
PUTIEN Lor Mee ($10.90, $21.80, $32.70. Note: Only small $10.90 is available at JEWEL outlet for ease to travelers. )
A crowd-favourite, this unique version of lor mee is a PUTIEN specialty, made with silky Putian noodles mingling with chunks of pork belly, fresh prawns and clams.
The ingredients are altogether braised in the signature PUTIEN Lor Mee broth, a lusciously thick pork-based stock.
Unlike most lor mee broth which is dark-coloured, PUTIEN has set itself apart by creating a mellow-tasting light-coloured broth.
Tip: Add a dap of vinegar, or PUTIEN’s original Spice Mum Chilli Sauce.
PUTIEN – Jewel Changi Airport
#02-249 Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819666
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
Other PUTIEN Outlets
Kitchener Road – 127 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208514
VivoCity – 1 HarbourFront Walk, #02-131/132, Singapore 098585
Marina Square – 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-205, Singapore 039594
Tampines Mall – 4 Tampines Central 5, #B1-01/27, Singapore 529510
Jurong Point – 1 Jurong West Central 2, #02-34 JP1, Singapore 648886
Parkway Parade, 80 Marine Parade Road, #02-13/13A, Singapore 449269 (closed till 4 May for minor upgrade)
nex – 23 Serangoon Central, #02-18/19, Singapore 556083
Resorts World Sentosa – 26, Sentosa Gateway, #01-203/204, The Forum Singapore 098138
Raffles City – 252 North Bridge Road, #02-18, Singapore 179103
ION Orchard – 2 Orchard Turn, #04-12, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Northpoint – 930 Yishun Ave 2, Northpoint Shopping Centre, #02-42/43/44, Singapore 769098
SingPost Centre – 10 Eunos Road 8, #03-106 Singapore Post Centre, Singapore 408600
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with PUTIEN.