My mom was here in visiting me. As she doesn’t eat much meat nowadays, she prefers seafood and vegetable more. So chilli crab was our best option and I wanted her to try this local dish.
After reading so many reviews for chilli crab, this one was getting the most positive reviews, furthermore it was near my place and didn’t need to travel to East Coast area.
We didn’t make reservation and reached there around 12 noon. The restaurant was quite packed already. The captain who served us was really polite, he brought us to our table and apologies for it was near the toilet, he said if there was table available, he could move us. Anyway, we were pleased for his thoughtfulness.
I ordered chilli crab, no doubt and checked on the captain for any recommendation. Actually, my eyes are bigger than my mouth, I want to order cold crab dish as well but the captain advises try it next time as the chilli crab is a big dish, it is well enough for the 2 of us. It seems popiah is one of their signature dish and I like popiah, why not have a try.
This popiah size is the biggest I have tried and of course charges are steep too. It has so many ingredients. Taste wise, it isn’t my type of popiah. I prefer kopitam or hawker’s popiahs, humble and yet flavouring.
We were impressed for the chilli crab dish. It was such a huge dish! The weight of the crab stated 1.5~1.8kg. We added 6 mini steamed buns to go with the chilli sauce. We liked the sauce, it wasn’t too spicy or too thick, the sauce itself was a winner already. We have our giant pincer first, it was so satisfying, the meat was bouncy and tasteful, it could tell that the crab was live before cook! When my mom took the crab shell and started eating the crab roe, I starred at her….then she ate half and gave the other half to me to enjoy! We all know crab roe is high in cholesterol, we should limit our consumption. Nevertheless, we managed to finish the whole crab. Half way through the meal, the captain came and asked us about the dishes, it was such a warm greet.
If it wasn’t the positive reviews, I wouldn't think that we could have chilli crab in a traditional Chinese restaurant, moreover, this restaurant is one of the oldest and famous in Chinese cuisine in Singapore.
We enjoyed our meal so much and gratify for our choice. We should try the cold crab dish on our next visit.
Date of Visit: Apr 21, 2013
Spending per head: Approximately $65(Lunch)Other Ratings: