Monday, October 11, 2004

Feed my crab greed!

Sin Huat Restaurant
659/661 Geylang Road Lorong 35
Tel: +65 6744 9778

This is probably the only or one of the few kopitiams in Singapore that accepts visa and mastercard. Don’t be fooled by its humble appearance. This kopitiam has character. The chef is the only one who takes the orders and cooks at his own timing. He does a one man show in the kitchen, and it is only this man who would take your order in the kopitiam. Everyone else knows their place, they will simply usher you to a table, take your drink order and tell you to wait for THE MAN to come.

Located at Geylang and sitting by the busy roads on a cool evening has its charms. Furthermore, they have their own fish tanks of live seafood here to add to the dining experience. What I thought was really amazing was that they had live stingrays! I’ve only seen them lying deadpan on a bed of ice, but I’ve never seen any restaurant in Singapore yet that stocks them live this way. The food here is fantastic. See Toh brought Anthony Bourdain there, and if it is good enough for them both to be there at the same time, I reckoned I ought to go there and to check it out for myself. We went as a group of 8 and so we managed to sample a whole range of dishes.

In sequential order we had:
1.Steamed Scallops with some sort of thick garlicy black sauce
2.Gong gong served with a chili garlic sauce
3.Kai Lan stir-fried with garlic
4.Frog cooked in Brands Essence of Chicken
5.Braised Sting Ray
6.Steamed Prawns with loads of garlic
7.Crab Bee Hoon

Just a word of caution, if you don’t love garlic, you might not like this place. I love garlic and so it was absolutely wonderful for me. Every dish is just an explosion of taste in your mouth. If you can only have one dish, have the crab bee hoon. The bee hoon has a smokey taste from the wok and the crab that I haven’t tasted in other restaurants, and the crabs were fresh and the meat was firm too. Needless to say, we were all really satisfied after our meal, although I’m not sure if he any MSG because we were left feeling a little thirsty after the meal. However, in addition to being big in taste, the bill for 8 of us was a hefty sum of about 600+, but if I had to do it all over again, I won’t change a thing.
Feed my crab greed.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This restaurant is overated and far too expensive. You can better food, good service and correct pricing at Melban Rest in Ang Mo Kio or Seafood Paradise in Defu.

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