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A Simple Guide To Enjoy Oysters – Should You Chew or Swallow Whole?

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It is not uncommon to see a restaurant serving oyster but how much do we actually know about them? Today, we are going to explore the different types of oysters and how to eat them. Do not worry this is nothing overwhelming and just perfect for beginners.

Common Types Of Oysters Served in Restaurants

For your information, there are actually hundreds varieties of oysters yet it all comes down to a total of only 5 species of oysters. They are namely Crassostrea gigas, Crassostrea sikamea, Crassostrea virginicas, Ostrea edulis and Ostrea lurida. To put it in lay man’s term, they are Pacific oysters, Kumamoto oysters, Atlantic oysters, European flats and Olympia oysters.

Oyster farm in which oysters are bred and raised.

1. Pacific Oysters

Pacific oyster or Japanese oyster (Magallana gigas) are oysters native to the Pacific coast of Asia. They tend to be meatier and creamier in which the more popular types include Kusshi and Marin Miyagi.

2. Kumamoto Oysters

Kumamoto oysters are usually deep-cupped with smaller meats inside. Although it is smaller in size, they are a favorite for both new oyster eaters and connoisseurs. It is also known as the ‘Chardonnay of oysters’ due to its fruity flavours with a hint of brininess.

3. Atlantic Oysters

Atlantic oysters (aka great American oyster) are usually a lot bigger and they are most commonly found in North America. In terms of taste, they come with a slight metallic finish and because of that it is not recommended to beginners.

4. European Flats

As the name suggests, the European Flat oysters are native to Europe. These European countries include England, Denmark, Nether­lands and many others along the western and southern coasts of Europe. They are usually larger in size compared to other types with a rich and extremely flavourful taste recommended only to true oyster lovers.

5. Olympia Oysters

Last but not least, the Olympia oysters which are just bouncing back from being almost extinct. As a matter of fact, they were wiped out and for many years thought to be extinct. With that being said, they are the least common type of oyster found in this day and age.

Here is a fun fact: Oysters get their flavours from their environments. Meaning the same species of oysters in another region of the world may have a different taste when eaten.

How To Eat Oysters

Oysters are usually served with a slices on lemon on the side.

Now the interesting part, eating oysters! For a start, you would want to eat the oysters naked with no sauce added. This way you can truly taste the region or seawater of where the oyster is from. Moving on, you can gradually experiment by adding some lemon, cocktail sauce, vinaigrette or horseradish to find what best suits your taste buds.

All in all, the general rule of thumb here is to never over sauce the oysters as it will mask its natural taste. The tip here is to add just enough sauce and chew it twice to release the flavours within before swallowing whole.

The key is to never over sauce the oyster!

To make it simple, here is a step-by-step on how to eat an oyster:

1. Use the fork to release the oyster from its shell.

2. Add your preferred sauce or simply have it naked.

3. Using the shell as a spoon slide the oyster into your mouth.

4. Chew it twice to release the flavours within then swallow whole.

5. Repeat.

Where To Eat Oysters

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With these 5 simple steps you can now start your journey in search of the best oysters in town! Better yet, save your precious time by checking out these top seafood restaurants on TABLEAPP. Bon voyage!

Blog #18_5 Best Seafood Restaurants in KL

5 Best Seafood Restaurants in KL

Dear seafood lovers!

Check out this week's dining guide on the best seafood restaurants in KL that are so worth of cholesterol. Time for some special delightful seafood!

Blog #18_5 Best Seafood Restaurants in KL_OneSeafoodRestaurant

One Seafood Restaurant IS the place if you are looking for good and quality seafood cooked Chinese style in Kuala Lumpur. You will find plenty of finger-licking dishes, all at reasonable prices. The dishes served here have traditional Chinese cooking elements with a fine dining twist. Their food ranged from a garden salad created from local market gardens, to fish, poultry and oysters fished live from their aquarium. The lunch, dinner, and dessert menus have been carefully assembled to offer tasty traditional fare and palate – pleasing specialties. And all this trying to use as much local produce as is available. The restaurant adheres to a philosophy that only what’s fresh will be served and the multi-course menu would be planned by their awards winning chef from time to time. The menu is drawn from more than 100 types of cuisines the chef has developed and continue to expand on.

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Blog #18_5 Best Seafood Restaurants in KL_TheEliteSeafoodRestaurant

Previously known as Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant (PJ), The Elite Seafood Restaurant maintains the same unique characteristics that have long made an all-time favourite among seafood enthusiasts despite the name changed. Owned by Unique Seafood Group of Restaurants – one of Malaysia’s largest suppliers of live seafood – you can rest assure that there is always a fresh and abundant supply of seafood at the restaurant. Besides the more common choices of live seafood, diners can also choose from rarer ones such as French turbots, Australian snow crabs, Alaskan spider crabs and Canadian geoduck clams. At Elite Seafood Restaurant, thematic VIP room is available for guest to have different feel for dining in in different atmosphere.

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Blog #18_5 Best Seafood Restaurants in KL_SouthernRockSeafood

Southern Rock Seafood sells one of the best seafood in Kuala Lumpur. This place serves Western-style seafood with rave reviews from guests. Since 2008, they have supplied high quality imported seafood to Malaysia's leading hotels and restaurants and the most health-conscious households. They specialise in fresh and smoked fish and shellfish from Australia New Zealand and Europe. In 2015 they opened Southern Rock Seafood Kitchen right next door to their fishmongers to showcase their delicious product. Do keep your eyes peeled for their catch of the day, you never know what kind of surprise awaits! What’s better? TABLEAPP users entitle a 10% discount on total bills!

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Blog #18_5 Best Seafood Restaurants in KL_JustSeafood

Calling all seafood lovers! You will love this restaurant. Just Seafood at Sunway Giza Mall serves up bounties from the sea, cooked on charcoal barbecue grills. You can choose to sit al fresco or indoors, both are equally relaxing! And when comes the time to dine you can expect to feast on lobster, giant tiger prawns, flower crabs, air flown scallops and oysters, clams, and more, served together with nine variants of Just Seafood chilli sauce. TABLEAPP users entitle a 20% OFF on total bills for every booking made online!

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Blog #18_5 Best Seafood Restaurants in KL_UniqueSeafood

Nothing more authentic than the Unique Seafood dining experience. If you want to know what are the steps from the aquarium to your plate, that’s the best place. Live seafood swimming in tanks may seem squeamish to some but at Unique Seafood, that’s the only way to serve it. Freshness is their top priority. “From the tank to the table” seems to be their motto and seafood lovers can’t be happier. The Aquarium area features a spectrum of tanks filled with live fishes, prawns, lobsters, Alaskan crabs, clams and abalones etc imported from all over the world. Guests can make their selection of the live fishes and seafood from here to be prepared to their liking by the Master Chefs. What a genius concept!

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BONUS: Brolly @ Persiaran KLCC

If you are still hesitate this IS the restaurant to go. Brolly has multiple promotions on seafood at the moment. Here, you will get spoiled for choices from decadent oysters, to succulent grilled meats, to contemporary Asian to Southern Hospitality, and more. Current promotion covers crabs, oysters and Red Lobsters – you have the choice! Limited time offers only for booking made via TABLEAPP.

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