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Kelong! Dinner on the sea.

Nov 25, 2014 | places

It’s been a long time since I was last at a kelong. I remember staying on one as a child, dragged there by my parents who were outdoor fishing enthusiasts. Photographic evidence from the past shows that I thoroughly enjoyed myself. And this time, it was no different.

kelong, for those of you not from these parts, is essentially an offshore floating platform made from wood. They’re primarily built by fishermen for fishing purposes or cultivating marine livestock, but at times, it’s large enough to serve as a dwelling space as well.

I could totally live in one of these. With internet of course.

Since kelongs are offshore, you’ll need to hire a boat to get there. The one we went to was situated between mainland Singapore and Pulau Ubin. The boat departs from the same terminal as the ferry that goes to Pulau Ubin and Penggerang, Malaysia.

I’ve discovered that I’m the happiest on water or in it. Perhaps I should spend my next vacation on a kelong.

I had a great time wandering around and taking photos. I think the table next to us had a great time mocking our attempts at photography. I took some great snaps nonetheless.

The family that stays on the kelong runs a “restaurant”. I’d say it’s more like an extended family dinner, with 4 tables which seat 12 people each. It’s a very rustic establishment, but extremely cosy. The sea breeze is a perfect complement to the very fresh seafood.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of the food as the dishes came out one by one. I didn’t want to be that person who keeps snapping photos of each plate while ignoring the company present. Suffice to say that everything we ate was delicious since the seafood was so fresh! My favourite? Fried calamari.

I must thank Uncle B who arranged everything, from giving us a lift to the ferry through to the dinner and ride back. A few of us marvelled at the fact that he was such a foodie that he even knew where to eat even offshore! A nice, refreshing change from the usual restaurant / cafe haunts Singaporeans love to visit.


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