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They steamed it, baked it, cooked it immediately or froze it for weeks.  They enjoyed the freshness, taste and texture - even their young children could tell it's different. That's aside from the convenience of home-delivered super-fresh fish that's ready-to-cook.  Read what customers say about their orders from The Sampan Catch.  Also check out their recipes and cooking tips.

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"Pound for pound, the fish is well worth every cent compared to fish from the market or supermart.  Apart from the great taste, we can eat every bit of the very fresh fish.  Even the head and belly are not wasted - see how my family and I demolished the fish for dinner!"

- Mrs Pat Ng, Newton

"V v fresh n big groupa!! ... Everybody's so happy." 

 - Dorothy Chew, East Coast

"This is what we cooked for one big size giant grouper tonight. Taste SO good! Need to have such a big size to have a taste of meat.  Bone and head was used to cook seafood soup. Soup and fish are both restaurant standard.  Meat is really succulent and fish soup is very rich and flavorful. We feel so blessed to have such good food for dinner."

 - Mdm Ng, Serangoon Gardens.  She cooked her Pearl Grouper Extra-Large (1.6-1.9kg) after having kept it frozen for a month.  She kindly sent us her recipe for Fried Grouper with Vegetables.

"The best Seabass that I've ever bought...Just like 5-star restaurant."

- Caren, Siglap

"Mum in law steamed this in black bean sauce...sooo fresh & yumm!!"

- Ms Ong, Holland Road 

"We had steamed sea bass and my family loved it!  For the first time, my 11-year-old daughter ate sea bass belly (tender sweet and not at all bitter) and was fighting with me for the fish head!  The flesh was so fresh that we stripped every inch of it.  Will definitely order more from sampancatch."

- Wendy C., Bukit Timah

"Having kept the sea bass freshly frozen after a week, I steamed the fish in teochew style.  The flesh tasted soft and fine as though freshly harvested. No fishy smell. My family enjoyed it so much! I strongly recommend my friends who are fish lovers to order from"

- Stacy, Sengkang

"Having spent 10 years in Hong Kong and really enjoying the freshest fish there,  I find it a huge challenge to prepare Hong Kong style steam fish when I returned to Singapore, as it is not easy to find fresh sea catch fish here.  I came across and decided to try it out.  I ordered four fish (3 groupers and a sea-bass) from the website and they were delivered in an ice box, individually packed.  

I decided to steam the grouper ordered from sampancatch. Only fresh fish tastes good when steamed and it is certainly a good way to tell if the fish from Sampancatch is as fresh as claims.

I am pleased that the grouper tastes really good even with minimal seasoning of only a dash of soy sauce. It has a firm and smooth texture, just like what we eat in the seafood restaurants in Hong Kong.  It is the perfect dish which is delicious, easy to prepare and very healthy for the whole family.  Although I cooked my last fish almost 2 weeks later,  I am surprised that it tastes just as good as the first one!  I am so happy I found and will highly recommend it to all fish lovers out there."

 - Mdm Ng, Serangoon Gardens. Check out her recipe for Steamed Grouper.


"I just had the steamed sea bass.  It's soooooo yammmy!!! The flesh is so thick and fresh."

 - Ivy, East Coast

"...we hv the grouper for dinner.  D quality is yummy + fresh ...  Oishi ney!  (Very Fresh)  ichiban!  Uno!  (Number 1)...ho jiak!"

- Desmond, East Coast, who cooked the grouper more than 3 weeks after delivery

"I was delighted with the way the fish was cleaned and packed, all ready for cooking.  Our extra large barramundi's flesh was tender with a subtle sweetness not found in store-bought fish. Cooked in a simple sauce, it made for a sublime dish that drew favorable comments from the table of 8."

- Mrs Retnam, Sennett Estate

"They (daughters aged 6 and 4) finished most of the fish, especially the sea bass. They said it is very fresh. They are very particular about freshness. That's why I have to go marketing for fish early morning and they only eat some when bought from the market."

 - Christina, who cooked the fish after freezing it for 3 days

"My son says: when chefs say fresh fish must smell like the sea, I wondered what they were talking about - now I know!" 

"Fresh and inviting"

 - Jeanne Yap, East Coast

 "The grouper was really fresh, flesh firm, flavorful. Enjoyed it thoroughly, thanks for recommendation."

 - Genevieve, East Coast

"I brought the grouper to my sis-in-law's place yesterday to steam and it still tastes good and fresh!  They love it!"

- Ms A. Goh, who had frozen her pearl grouper for more than 2 weeks

"It saves me going all the way to fish farm in Jurong for my fresh steam fish.  Yummy."

- Samantha H., Upper Bukit Timah

"The fishes were so delicious and fresh."

 - Brenda L., Bukit Timah


“I steamed the grouper.  It is most delicious!  Fresh, smooth flesh.  Good fish.  Will definitely order again!”  

 - Jeanne Yap, East Coast

“Baked seabass Thai style.  Very delicious.  Fish v fresh.  Intend to order again.” 

- Janice Chiang, East Coast 

My BEST result for steam-fish dish but it was definitely due to the freshness of the Barramundi (Sea-bass) that was delivered from ..... Yum! “

- Ms A. Goh, who steamed a piece of fillet from the extra-large barramundi she had ordered. Facebook posting.


“D12 (i.e. day 12) sea bass – steamed.  Excellent!  Kids loved it.  No fishy smell, still very tender, like recent buy from market though not as silky as D1 (day 1).  Of course there may be slight difference in terms of length of cooking.”

- Ms J.Ho, Jalan Pemimpin, on cooking The Sampan Catch sea bass after freezing it for 12 days

“Just had the grouperLoved it!  Finished every bit.  No more [supermarket name] sea bass n grouper for me.  I’m your regular.” 

- Sheryl L., Serangoon.  Check out her recipe for Steamed Grouper with Mushroom and Chinese Parsley.

“We just had steamed sea bass ... Everyone loved it. Very fresh. No fishy smell at all.  I have never bought a fish that is so well gutted before...the cavity was super clean!”  

- Mdm Yeo, Braddell View

Raving reviews from my friends. One actually steamed the 2nd fish coz first one was not enough. Another friend who isn’t a fish lover actually ate some coz it was fresh not fishy.

- Ms Loy, who ordered several pairs of sea bass as Chinese New Year gifts for friends


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