No prize for guessing how much a huge salmon lover I am, especially if you’ve been following me on Instagram! In fact, the photo collage above was created from a handful of salmon-related photos I’ve posted on Foodiepink’s Instagram account. I have salmon several times a week and my favourite sashimi of choice is none other than the good, old salmon! When I got news of the arrival of Aurora Salmon in Singapore, I had just posted my salmon carpaccio for dinner! Now, you must be thinking, what Aurora Salmon?
One of the most sought after brands in Japan, Aurora Salmon is a special type of salmon that has been carefully farmed in the most ideal conditions, at the most unique of places – the Northern Lights of the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway. Most of the Norwegian salmon we have in Singapore are from the Southern part and for the very first time, salmon fish from further up North are imported into Singapore!
Chefs from the Kuriya Market awaiting their first cut of the premium fish!
Fresh from harvest and all ready to get into our bellies!
Let me introduce you to Mr Christian, Regional Director of Norwegian Seafood Council who collaborated with Ms Nakken from Lerøy company to bring this brand of salmon into Singapore. From him, we found out that the fresh cold clear waters in the North has a consistent temperature throughout winter and summer. Its optimal currents and oxygen levels will ensure the slow growth of the Aurora Salmon, resulting in higher fat content (& Omega 3!!) than other farmed salmon. Hence, you’ll be able to see more marbling and also, experience sweeter taste of the fish.
Look at how fresh the fish is! Even though it came all the way from Northern Norway, Aurora Salmon is air-flown fresh into Singapore within 48 hours of harvesting! Thus, highest quality is maintained for this premium fish.
The skillful chef prepared the salmon in a mere few minutes.
Aurora Salmon galore! This is certainly not the usual salmon that we are so used to having!
Couldn’t resist one more shot! At this point, we were all given a chance to taste our virgin slice of Aurora Salmon! My verdict? There is most definitely a difference between Aurora Salmon and all other salmon I’ve had in my life. The fish basically melted away in my mouth and the texture was extremely velvety. In fact, the texture was quite similar to Toro, with a sweeter-than-usual taste of salmon. For a split second, I forgot that I was tasting salmon.
After the cutting ceremony, we were treated to a 5-course feast of Aurora salmon!! Yes, lucky me! First up was Aurora Salmon Carpaccio Salad. My favourite dish of the day, the salmon was slightly torched at the edge, creating a pleasing contrast in texture.The greens further lifted the freshness of the salmon and the dressing was superb!
Aurora Salmon Sashimi – I was really savouring the slice of salmon belly!
Aurora Salmon Miso Soup – Thank goodness I took my slices out before it got overcooked! I was surprised at how tender and meaty the fin area was. When cooked optimally, the Aurora Salmon has a cotton-y texture and is so soft that it disintegrates at the marblings.
Aurora Salmon Teriyaki – This was unfortunately a little overdone despite the foolproof combination of salmon and teriyaki sauce.
Aurora Salmon Assorted Sushi Platter – My all-time favourite still remains – Aurora Salmon Belly Mentaiyaki (centre)! Obviously, I was burping salmon by this course but no way would I let this premium fish go to waste!
A well-stocked Kuriya Fish Market at Great World City! I’m afraid Aurora Salmon can only be found at Kuriya Fish Market for now, where they are pre-packed for take-away. However, good news is that, if they are well-received, Aurora Salmon will be introduced to the menu at Ichiban Boshi and even Kuriya Dining! I really hope this day arrives soon!
A grade above the rest – Aurora Salmon!
Launched yesterday on the 14th, you can find Aurora Salmon at Kuriya Fish Market!
If you’re a salmon fan like myself, it is a mandate to try Aurora Salmon. Try it and you’ll know what I mean. *nods head*
A huge thank you to Janice for the invite and Ichiban Boshi for the salmon feast!