Name of Recipient:
Mr. Steven Chua
Commonly known as a “Food Paradise”, Singapore hosts a wide range of food to satiate the appetites of people from different cultures and races. As eating is considered as one of our national past times, countless food places have surfaced in Singapore over the years, with foods like Hainanese Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak, and Roti Prata gaining cult status amongst Singaporeans. For a craving of fresh Seafood, they should look no further than the famous Orchid Live Seafood, located off Yio Chu Kang Road at 16 Jalan Kelutut and its sister outlet located off Sembawang Road at 1 Bah Soon Pah Road.
Established in 2002 by Mr. Steven Chua, Orchid Live Seafood is a haven for seafood lovers, presenting a wide variety of choices for individuals. While they offer up their signature dishes like Lobster Porridge and Steven Chicken, they also offer dishes such as steamed batin fish, deep fried tofu, live soon hock fish and prawns, whole abalones, and more. With their success, Steven has also opened up other restaurants, Orchid Live Seafood Beer Garden in Sembawang, as well as Suishouya Sushi Bar in the Singapore Island Country Club.
Steven is definitely not a newcomer in the F&B industry. Steven entered the F&B industry when he was only seven years old; he began doing jobs like washing dishes in a catering company. As he reached his teenage years, he had already learnt how to cook. The extensive exposure to the industry, coupled with his interest in food, drove him to open his first establishment, Crystal 18 Snack Bar. Gaining success in his Crystal 18 Snack Bar, Steven moved on to zi char cuisine, and eventually, in 2002, opened up a seafood restaurant in Orchid Country Club, aptly naming it Orchid Live Seafood.
When Orchid Live Seafood first opened its doors, Steven knew that their financial situation was not at its best. Therefore, as a result, he was not able to hire more employees to help with their workload, and Steven himself hence had to be hands-on with their work. Till this day, Steven is still a regular in the kitchen. “I’m still cooking the dishes for my customers all the time! Many times when I step out, my customers will tell me that they want me to cook their dishes personally.”
Slowly and gradually, Orchid Live Seafood built up their reputation as the go-to source for high quality seafood dishes, and customers started piling in the door. “At that time, there was no such thing as borrowing money from others. All we can do is invest money, and slowly expand the business.”
Since then, the reputation of Orchid Live Seafood had grew substantially in Singapore, with the introduction on local variety programs, celebrities had started visiting the restaurant regularly. Steven attributes much of their success to his signature dishes. “The Lobster Porridge was created thirteen years ago, and it is my own unique recipe and one of the signature dishes at Orchid Live Seafood. Another signature dish is our Steven Chicken, which was named after me, and is hand made by our chefs everyday. You won’t be able to find these dishes anywhere else except in my restaurants.”
As someone who has achieved much success in the F&B industry, Steven knows the well the ingredients to entrepreneurial success. “To succeed, one needs to be very hands-on and hardworking. When they start out, they will have to do much themselves, and they need to put their hearts into it. Doing it is different to just waiting for the money to come.” He then added, “Especially in the F&B industry, changes are constant and they have to be embraced in a healthy manner. They need to be attentive to their customer’s wants and requests in order to work their way to their hearts.”
Looking ahead to the future, Steven already knows what is in store for Orchid Live Seafood. “Today, many have opened up new seafood restaurants without knowing how to cook the food. So I am serving as an advisor and consultant for these restaurants in Singapore and overseas. For Orchid Live Seafood, we are contented with where we are at the moment. It will also be slightly difficult to expand, because of the shortage of manpower. For me personally, as I am reaching a certain age soon, I would be retiring, and handing over the business to my son, and letting him handle the business from then on.”
With their unique food offerings, long history, and the professional supervision of Steven, Orchid Live Seafood looks to be in good shape for the foreseeable future. With the legacy Steven leaves behind, we have no doubt Orchid Live Seafood will continue to be a favorite for seafood lovers in the years to come.
Orchid Live Seafood
16 Jalan Kelulut S(809033)
T| 6484 2495
Orchid Live Seafood Beer Garden
No. 1 Bah Soon Pah Road S(769959)
T| 6756 0311