It HAS been a while since I last had good seafood. The last time would be..scallops in Borough Market? Burger & Lobster in London? Chin Huat Live Seafood was our stop. Before you enter the restaurant, you will be greeted by glass aquariums with fresh seafood. Lobsters that were probably longer and thicker than my forearm, crabs so huge they could just engulf my face.
We did not just order these four dishes, as there were other appetizers and all, but these were, in my opinion, the main stars of that dinner. The lobster was cooked in their own Superior Broth. A common mistake would be to either undercook the lobster, making it absolutely uneatable, or overcook it, rendering it really tough but still eatable. However, Chin Huat did it well as the meat was tender and seasoned well by the broth.
The next two dishes were chilli crab and one of the menu highlights: Golden Sauce Crab. The crab was cooked in their signature sambal-based gravy, with corn starch and egg to thicken the sauce. Pair the sauce with white rice, happy days.
What impressed me was the Golden Sauce Crab. Some of you might have heard of or tried it before but I have not really heard of cooking crabs in a pumpkin based sauce. The sauce is so creamy, with a hint of spice from chilli padi and fragrance from curry leaves. You MUST order their deep-fried mantou which sells for $1 a piece. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Dip it well into either sauces (chilli crab/golden sauce), and enjoy the burst of flavours.
Last dish was Chye Por Hor Fun, a dish so filled with wok hei, succulent prawns, covered in a blanket of fried egg.
Blk 105 Clementi St 12, #01-30,
Clementi MRT Station (EW23)
Buses: 52, 154, 184
(Take to the bus-stop “Blk 109”, ID:12061)
11.30AM – 2.30PM
5.00PM – 10.30PM