"Gourmandism is an act of judgement, by which we prefer things which have a pleasant taste to those which lack this quality." – Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Crab

Hairy Crabs

I first had hairy crab in Hong Kong in 2013. The whole shop basically sells hairy crab and you choose the size you like.

Price in HK

Price in HK

They steam it for you and you collect half an hour later. They were sweet and roes were sinfully delicious.

But we see a different story in Singapore. Hairy crabs is four or five times more expensive here after importing them.

Price in SG

It was a coincidence that I walked into Putien wanting to eat their bee hoon and saw that they have hairy crabs. Oh yes, it is the season now! So I ordered one. They didn’t have the female ones and so I had a male one.

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It was still sweet but nothing compared to what I had in Hong Kong. Putien imports their hairy crabs from Taihu.

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Putien Restaurant
Website: http://www.putien.com/menu/

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Red House Seafood Restaurant

It has always been on my wish list to eat here. Dad used to meet clients at this restaurant ever since I was in Primary School and he would pack leftover crabs for us. But because it is pricey for the family, he didn’t bring us there for meals. I finally got a chance to dine there with my buddies for their birthdays. Here’s what we had:

Drunken Prawns $30 (400g)

We were first served with drunken prawns. The wine and herb based soup was fragrant. There was also sweetness from the prawns! The prawns were bigger than a medium-sized prawn. The meat was very succulent and fresh. We finished every drop of soup.

Boston Lobster noodles $68 (usual price $98)

Next came our Boston Lobster noodles. The lobster was meaty and each of the four of us had a good portion of the lobster. The noodles were cooked well to a springy texture that had properly absorbed the best of the broth. One could top up $10 for additional noodles.

Black Pepper Crab (1kg @ $50)

Black pepper crab came next. We all thought that this was one of the best black pepper crabs we had eaten. Our crabs were from Sri Lanka and they were full of succulent meat.

Chilli Crab (1kg @ $50)

Singapore’s well-known chilli crab was served next. Frankly, I’m not a chilli crab lover. I totally see no reason why it is a “must eat” dish when one visits Singapore except for the sweetly-flavoured man tou. We thought that this dish wasn’t really good. A pity the restaurant does not serve crabs cooked with salted egg yolk.

Baby Kai Lan $10

The baby kai lan was crunchy and it wasn’t oily although being stir-fried with garlic.

Service was a little slow on a Wednesday evening. We had to remind them to serve us our man tou and baby kai lan. However, it was a good meal overall.

Pickle $2.50
Tea, water and towel $1.50 per pax
Fried Man Tou $0.70 each

Prices exclude 10% service charges and 7% GST.
10% discount using OCBC credit cards.

Restaurant: Red House Seafood
Address: Blk 1204 East Coast Parkway #01-05 East Coast Seafood Centre Singapore 449882
Tel: 64423112
Website: http://www.redhouseseafood.com
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 12pm – 11.30pm; Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 11.30am – 11.30pm


U Crab Wang Restaurant 柔蟹皇海鲜饭店

Had supper at this place yesterday at Seremban. We ordered 3 crabs cooked in 2 flavours – mushroom and chilli (辣子). We were quite apprehensive about the mushroom one at first but since the waitress said it is one of their most popular flavour, we decided to give it a try.

We couldn’t really tell how they made the mushroom gravy, but guessed they probably used Campbell’s canned soup and added onions, garlic and cheese. It was quite flavourful.

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The chilli one was not bad either, with curry leaves, dried shrimps, garlic and chilli. I felt it was not spicy enough.

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The crab was meaty but had a slight tinge of muddy taste. Price – RM$63 per kg.

The restaurant offers 28 types of flavours of crab. Besides this, they also have a “zi char” menu.

Note: Mosquitos are abundant at night. Spray insect repellent first if you are eating supper.

Restaurant: U Crab Wang Restaurant 柔蟹皇海鲜饭店
Address: 259 Jalan Haruan 5/7 Pusat Komersial Oakland 2, 70300 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Tel: 06-632 7833; 016 906 6591
Email: ucrabwangrestaurant@yahoo.com
Opening hours: 11am – 3pm; 6pm – 12am. Closed on Tuesdays.


Big Eater 大食家海鲜

Introducing you the favourite restaurant near my neighbourhood that serves great seafood and zi-cha! My colleagues and I will go there for birthday celebrations. The price is also affordable and the portions are filling.

Some must eat items are:
1. Crab bee hoon soup 螃蟹米粉
2. Black Hokkien Noodles 福建炒面
3. Stir-fry “lala” (subject to availability)
4. Yang Chow Fried Rice 扬州炒饭
5. Crab with Salted Egg 咸蛋炒螃蟹
6. Black pepper crab 黑胡椒螃蟹
7. Deep-fried fish (Soon-Hock)
8. Beancurd skin rolls 腐皮卷

Hokkien Noodles (Small) – $4.80
Salted Fish Fried Rice (Small) – $4
Hot Plate Deer Meat (Small) – $15
Crab – $38 per kg
Spinach in soup – $14
Beancurd with Pumpkin (S) – $12
Sweet and Sour Pork (M) – $15
Crispy Roll (M) – $15

Green Apple with Sour Plum juice – $4.50
Ice Honey Lemon – $2.50
Chinese Tea – $1.50
Sour plum – $2
Coral Grouper – $60
Rice – $0.80
Peanuts – $1
Towel – $0.30

Exclusive of 7% GST. No service charge.

Stall name: Big Eater 大食家海鲜
Location: No. 34 Jalan Pari Burong (Upper Changi Road) Singapore 488700
Tel: 62457268

Other branches:
1. Big Eater Restaurant Pte Ltd 大食家海鲜
Blk 964  Jurong West St 91, #01-342 Singapore 640964 Tel: 63970480
Blk 155 #01-324 Bukit Batok St. 11 Singapore 650155 Tel: 65614836
Blk 524A Jelapang Road #01-01/02 Singapore 671524 Tel: 67649819

2. Grand Eater Seafood Restaurant Pte Ltd 大食家海鲜
Blk 279 #01-337 Bukit Batok East Ave 3 Singapore 650279 Tel: 65691272
Blk 273 #01-78 Bukit Batok East Ave 4 Singapore 650243 Tel: 64252372

3. Master Crab Seafood Restaurant Pte Ltd 螃蟹师傅
Blk 108 Punggol Field #01-01 Singapore 820108 Tel: 64258079
Blk 475 Choa Chu Kang Ave 3 #01-31 Singapore 680475 Tel: 67649487
Blk 639 Punggol Drive #01-07 Singapore 820639 Tel: 64259435
Blk 19 Ghim Moh Road #01-229 Singapore 270019 Tel: 63141868
Blk 227C Compassvale Link #01-13 (Unit 03) Singapore 544277 Tel: 65556515

The restaurant must thank me for typing out all their branches!

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大食家 (Big Eater)

This a place you cannot miss!! This place sells fantastic crabs and zi-cha. My favourite is their crab bee hoon in XO soup! No place sells this taste this good. The soup is really fragrant with the freshness of crab as well as the XO they poured in.

Next is their black pepper crab. Spicy black pepper together with curry leaves and crab’s roe – HEAVENLY. Their chilli crab with mini buns is ok. Not fantastic. If you’re not craving for chilli crabs, you should order something else on the menu like cereal oats crab or butter crabs.

Another of their restaurant must-eat dishes is their black Hokkien Mee. This restaurant uses udon, unlike others using flat mee (like those in lor mee). Fragrant with deep fried pork fats (猪油炸) ensures you leave the place with guilt. Very few places can serve such nice black hokkien mee.

I would also recommend you their “la-la”. Very different taste here. Not the hawker centre taste. They fried it with lots of mini shrimps (虾米). Another one will be their deep fried prawn meat in beancurd skin. Their fried rice is good too. The hor fun is not that great.

1 kg of crab for $38. Usually their crabs are big (more than 1 kg each)
No service charge in this restaurant. This gives you really affordable meals with such good tasting food.

Stall name: 大食家 (Big Eater)
Location: Upper Changi Road (Near Simpang Bedok, Changi Fire Station)
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