BBQ stingray in Singapore
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. And for stingrays, this statement holds much truth, as most fishermen beyond our shores consider this fish an unwanted catch. But for us Singaporeans, BBQ stingray is a need to have at supper tables. Though this seafood is commonly found in many hawker centres, good ones are hard to come by. The next time you are craving this supper staple, be sure to head down to one of these 10 stalls!
1. Star Yong Kwang Seafood
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Best known for their salted egg prawns, Star Yong Kwang Seafood’s BBQ Stingray has recently started to garner attention from its loyal patrons. Priced slightly above market rates ($16/$22), this is a dish you will not regret splurging on, thanks to the sambal chilli that accompanies the tender meat. Take it as paying a small token fee for enjoying the special sambal concoction that is made in-house with good quality shrimp!
Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-04, Alexandra Village Food Centre, Singapore 150123
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 4:30pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 4pm to 10pm
2. Chan BBQ
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Highly recommended for the chilli heads is Chan BBQ’s BBQ stingray ($10/$12/$14) . Atop generous portions of stingray meat is an equally generous degree of spiciness that comes from the rich sambal. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, this sambal paste is a few notches spicier than the usual – great for those seeking a fiery kick. The sambal paste is house-made, and you can expect a nutty undertone complementing the shrimp flavour!
Address: 85 Bedok North Street 4, #01-24, Fengshan Market and Food Centre, Singapore 460085
Opening hours: Daily 5pm to 1am
3. Chomp Chomp BBQ
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If tongue-numbing sambal isn’t your thing, there’s an equally noteworthy alternative just a few stalls down. Chomp Chomp BBQ’s stingray ($10) is less about the fiery burn and more about the smoky undertones. The stall uses thick cuts of stingray, resulting in a nicely charred surface with a juicy interior. Be sure to try their chinchalok sauce that gives the savoury dish a desired sweet and tangy punch!
Address: 85 Bedok North Street 4, #01-44, Fengshan Market and Food Centre, Singapore 46008
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5pm to 1am
4. Hai Wei Yuan BBQ
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The OG BBQ seafood stall at Chomp Chomp Food Centre, Hai Wei Yuan BBQ stands out from its counterparts with its cooking method of using a stove instead of coal. The result is a tender and evenly cooked Stingray ($12). The only downside is that the stingray is slightly thin. The sambal here is also slightly more muted than the usual – ideal if you like your chilli simple.
Address: 20 Kensington Park Road, #01-01, Chomp Chomp Food Centre, Singapore 557269
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 5:30pm to 12am
5. Jiao Cai Hotplate BBQ
As with most stalls at the hipster Yishun Park Hawker Centre, Jiao Cai Hotplate BBQ serves the hawker classic differently from the ones we are accustomed to. Instead of using banana leaves, their Sambal Stingray Hot Pot ($15) features a thick slice of fish completely covered in sambal served sizzling on a metal plate. This portion is usually meant to be shared between two hungry diners, so those looking for a single portion can get the Sambal Stingray Rice Set ($7.80) instead. It comes with rice, a fried egg, a serving of kang kong, and a smaller portion of sambal stingray.
Check out our full review of Jiao Cai Hotplate BBQ!
Address: 51 Yishun Avenue 11, #01-39, Yishun Park Hawker Centre, Singapore 768867
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 8201 4400
6. Tokyo Seafood BBQ
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One of your best bets at getting a good BBQ stingray fix is at Tokyo Seafood BBQ, a quirky looking stall that – despite its name – does not sell Japanese food. The stingray here ($10/$12/$14/$16) is longer and thicker than the usual, with meat gliding off the cartilage to give a nicely coated mouthful of sambal-dense stingray. With more than 30 years of history to their name, the stall maintains a strong crowd with other popular items such as their Oyster Omelette ($8/$10/$12) and Grilled Prawns ($12/$15/$20)!
Address: Blk 503 West Coast Drive, #01-07, Ayer Rajah Food Centre, Singapore 120503
Opening hours: Daily 6pm to 11:30pm
7. B.B.Q Seafood
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A dish impossible to miss while you’re at Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre is B.B.Q Seafood’s Sambal Stingray ($10/$13). It seems to be a dinner staple for all who dine there, and unsurprisingly so; the stingray is thick and succulent, and the sambal is rich in spice and zest, with an appetising deep red browning. Unlike many seafood BBQ stalls, B.B.Q Seafood does not open late into the night, so be sure to get there before 9pm if you want to get your hands on their sambal stingray!
Address: Yung Sheng Road, #03-178, Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre, Singapore 618499
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3pm to 9pm, Sat-Sun 10pm to 9pm. Closed every alternate Thursday.
8. BJ Grill Seafood
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BJ Grill Seafood is one of the newer entrants into the BBQ stingray scene, and they’ve sure brought something new to the table. Deviating slightly from the usual sambal stingray, this stall offers an interesting alternative: Yuan Yang Stingray ($10/$12/$14/$16). This version gives you the best of both worlds, with half a stingray slathered with sambal, and the other half covered in a scrumptious garlic butter sauce. The garlic butter gives a savoury balance to the sweet sambal chili. Do note that this dish is part of a secret menu, and isn’t part of the displayed menu; you’d have to request for it specifically!
Address: Block 51 Old Airport Road, #01-101, Airport Road Food Center, Singapore 390051
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 5pm to 11pm
9. Xin Fu Ji Seafood
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If you like to add a little extra vinegar to your bak chor mee, or ask for additional limes for your har cheong kai, Xin Fu Ji Seafood’s Sambal Stingray ($15) is one you would appreciate. The sambal here has a tangy freshness against a subtle spiciness. The portions are generous, and so is their hospitality – each order comes with a complimentary pack of tissue!
Address: 121 Pasir Panjang Road, #01-17, Pasir Panjang Food Centre, Singapore 118543
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 5:30pm to 11:30pm
10. 526 Hotplate BBQ
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Finally a stall catering to the non-chilli eaters. 526 Hotplate BBQ’s stingray ($8) comes with a house-made sambal paste that derives its flavour more from dried shrimp than the chilli itself. Though not the best choice if you are looking for a spicy kick, the robust and fragrant paste will definitely satiate your BBQ stingray craving. Do make reservations before heading down, as this place crowds like no other.
Address: Jurong West Street 52, Block 526, Singapore 640526
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 4pm to 11pm
Places serving BBQ stingray in Singapore
Just like roti prata and BBQ chicken wings, stingray is one of the many dishes that is synonymous to supper. If these places are still not enough to satisfy you when the supper cravings hit, check out these other eateries that open till 3am or later!