It seems like everyone has a small obsession with mentaiko these days, judging by all the mentaiko dishes available these days – mentaiko sushi, mentaiko fries, mentaiko pasta, mentaiko grilled seafood… The list can go on. Perhaps you’ve been wanting to create your own mentaiko dishes at home, but the process has been hampered by subpar mentaiko sauces. You just can’t seem to recreate the savoury, rich and creamy sauce at home. Not to fret, because we’ve rounded up a list of places to buy mentaiko sauce in Singapore, all delivery options so you don’t even have to leave the house at all!
Recreate your favourite mentaiko dishes or dips at home! Or go all out with a homemade mentaiko bowl with BigBigFries’ mentaiko sauce and a blowtorch for that added smokiness. Each bottle of BigBigFries’ mentaiko sauce retails at S$12 each, or S$33 for 3 bottles. You can either order it on their online store, or head down to their stall at Chomp Chomp where you can also feast on handmade long fries, mentaiko salmon bowl or the mentaiko bomb – popcorn chicken fully blanketed in a layer of torched mentaiko mayo.
Premium selections curated by foodies, influencers and husband-wife duo KayKay and Brandon, Orient Ocean has not just one, or two, but three different mentaiko sauce in Singapore! Mama Mentai ($18.90 for one, $49.90 for a bundle of three) is the OG recipe and we love it for its versatility. You can pair it with just about anything you want – pasta, seafood, potatoes gratin, or use it to bribe your kids to eat their veggies. Folks who enjoy a little spice should try the Hot Mama Mentai ($19.90 for one, $50.90 for a bundle of three), and their most recent release is the Truffle Mama Mentai ($24.90 for one, $68.90 for a bundle of three), an ultra indulgent version for mentaiko and truffle lovers. Made in partnership with Aroma Truffle, the secret recipe is combined with 100% real black truffles to create flavours that will delight your taste buds!
Zairyo stands for 'Ingredient’ in Japanese, and this online-based Japanese gourmet grocer offers a selection of freshly-imported seafood, seasonal vegetables and fruits, premium meats, sauces, condiments and snacks. For mentaiko sauce in Singapore, Zairyo carries fresh mentaiko tubes ($28) freshly air-flown from Japan. It is great on seafood, vegetables such as shiitake mushroom, leek and eggplant. You can also use it to make onigiri or toss it with noodles! For a Halal-friendly option, Zairyo also has a mentaiko paste ($34) for our Muslim family and friends. Check out their mentaiko mayo and mentaiko pasta recipe that you can easily make at home!
Oceanwaves SG located at Jurong Food Hub is a leading fresh seafood and meat supplier in Singapore. Packed in a convenient tube for easy use, the mentaiko sauce ($30) is made of Salted Alaskan Pollock Roe, which is actually not a pollock species, but that of a cod. Marinated with spices and other savoury seasonings, this mentaiko sauce is great for creating your own sauces, dip and mentaiko dishes at home! While you’re at it, why not pick up some fresh seafood that you can pair with your mentaiko sauce?
Shiki is a boutique purveyor of specialty seafood, fruits and vegetables from Japan. Acting as a bridge connecting Japanese chefs, farmers and marketeers to local food connoisseurs, Shiki is a great online shop for some of the highest quality produce that Japan has to offer. The Premium Kanefuku Concentrated Mentaiko Sauce ($24.50 each) is specially chosen and brought in from famed mentaiko maker Kanefuku. Savoury and full of umami, it is lightly brined and spiced, totally delicious by itself. Make it even better with a light aburi torch or mix the mentaiko with some kewpie mayo to create your own mentaiko dip!