Best BBQ sambal 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 sambal 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 stalls!
1. Star Yong Kwang Seafood
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 (from $18), 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!
Read our Star Yong Kwang Seafood review.
Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-04, Alexandra Village Food Centre, Singapore 150123
Opening hours: Daily 3pm to 9:45pm
Tel: 9174 4964
Star Yong Kwang Seafood is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. Chan BBQ
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Highly recommended for the chilli heads is Chan BBQ’s BBQ stingray ($12/$15/$20). 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 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
Chan BBQ is not a halal-certified eatery.
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 ($12/$16/$20) 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 which 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: Daily 5pm to 12:30am
Chomp Chomp BBQ is not a halal-certified eatery.
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 (from $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
Hai Wei Yuan BBQ is not a halal-certified eatery.
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(from $12) 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
Jiao Cai Hotplate BBQ is not a halal-certified eatery.
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 ($18) is thicker than the average. 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 seafood menu overall.
Address: Blk 503 West Coast Drive, #01-07, Ayer Rajah Food Centre, Singapore 120503
Opening hours: Daily 6pm to 11:30pm
Tel: 6778 5045
Tokyo Seafood BBQ is not a halal-certified eatery.
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 ($14). 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 7pm 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 8pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 8pm.
B.B.Q. Seafood is not a halal-certified eatery.
8. 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 (from $12) 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
Xin Fu Ji Seafood is not a halal-certified eatery.
9. 526 Hotplate BBQ
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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 it’s not the best choice if you are looking for a spicy kick, the robust and fragrant paste will definitely satiate your barbecue 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
Tel: 9761 0032
526 Hotplate BBQ is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. 31 Heng Heng BBQ
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Another stall for some of the best sambal stingray you can find at Newton Food Centre is 31 Heng Heng BBQ. The seafood zi char joint is one of the highest-rated eateries in the food centre, so you’re in good hands when ordering their Sambal Stingray ($18). Grilled till juicy, with just the right amount of char, the stingray is the perfect vehicle for their signature, piquant sambal that’s livened with a squeeze of lime juice.
Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave North, #01-31, Newton Food Centre, Singapore 229495
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 8224 9929
31 Heng Heng BBQ is not a halal-certified eatery.
11. Stingray Forever
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East Coast Lagoon Food Village is home to many famous eateries, including Stingray Forever. The stall has been around for almost a decade now, serving up fresh, barbecued seafood and other wok-fried delicacies. Try their Hottest Stingray ($18), which comes with a generous, thick slab of fish, dressed in a sambal that’s not for the faint of heart. The stall also serves up a handful of more unique seafood dishes apart from the usual crab and crayfish, including Fresh Salmon with Garlic ($15), where sashimi cuts of salmon get served with sambal and a garlic dressing, and Cheesy Lobster, available at market price.
Address: 1220 East Coast Park, Singapore 468960
Opening hours: Thurs-Mon 4:30pm to 11:30pm
Tel: 6245 2828
Stingray Forever BBQ Seafood is not a halal-certified eatery.
12. Stingray Goh Chew Kee Seafood
Those looking for halal-certified sambal stingray need to look no further than this Newton Food Centre stall. Stingray Goh Chew Kee Seafood sells their signature dish from $13, and portions come generously doused in a fiery sambal that is heavy on the belacan. Other must-tries on their menu include their stir-fried Lala ($13), fried with chilli and aromatic spring onions, as well as Cereal Prawns, priced from $20.
Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave North, #01-19, Newton Food Centre, Singapore 229495
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 4:30pm to 11:30pm, Fri-Sat 4:30pm to 1:30am
Tel: 9646 1281
Stingray Goh Chew Kee Seafood is a halal-certified eatery.
13. Macpherson Barbecue Seafood
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Barbecue stingray is meant to be shared, but sometimes, you want to just dig into an individual portion without having to splurge. For that, swing by Macpherson Barbecue Seafood, a zi char joint along Boat Quay’s that’s hidden from the tourist trap sprawl. You can get BBQ Stingray & Egg with Rice ($7.90) set meals here, where you get a solo portion of the barbecued fish, along with plain rice and a sunny-side-up egg. If you want to pair your stingray with other seafood, try out their Combo Meals, which allows you to mix and match different proteins for $9.90.
Address: 34 South Bridge Road, LEAGOO Building, Singapore 058668
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6533 3758
Macpherson Barbecue Seafood is not a halal-certified eatery.
14. Toa Payoh Hot Plate BBQ Fish
There’s something extra special about having your seafood or stingray served on a hotplate. If you want in on the sizzle action, pay a visit to Toa Payoh Hot Plate BBQ fish in Toa Payoh Lorong 5. The hawker stall sells portions of grilled stingray, served with a house-made, small-batch sambal, from $10. Also try out their Sotong (from $10), which fans have raved about consistently.
Address: 75 Lorong 5 Toa Payoh, #01-27, Singapore 310075
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 4:30pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 8282 0664
Toa Payoh Hot Plate BBQ Fish is not a halal-certified eatery.
Where to eat BBQ sambal stingray in Singapore
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