Given how many unagi-centric Japanese restaurants have opened up here (like Unaemon, Man Man, Uya Unagi and Miyagawa Honten), to say we’re familiar with eel would be an understatement. However, outside of the usual Japanese kabayaki-style unagi, which is slathered with a sweet, savoury sauce and grilled, it isn’t easy to find eel prepared any other way in Singapore.

Enter PUTIEN. The one-Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant specialises in Fujian cuisine authentic to Putian, a town in China’s Fujian Province. Sandwiched between mountains and the sea, Putian is known for its bounty of fresh produce and seafood. To spotlight these fresh ingredients, Fujian cuisine focuses on simple, modest cooking methods to bring out their natural flavours. The same food philosophy is applied to PUTIEN’s Eel Festival, happening from now till October 31, where two simple yet delicious eel dishes have been introduced to its menu for the first time.

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