Saturday, September 01, 2012

Chilli & Black Pepper Crabs [珍宝辣椒与胡椒螃蟹] @ Jumbo Seafood Waterfront (Singapore Indoor Stadium)

A big decision is looming on my radar and money has to be saved in order to prepare for the rainy days that would come shortly after the decision-making.

In this case, you might ask why am i eating crabs at Jumbo, one of the seafood restaurants popular with tourists and many assume that prices are usually higher than average.

Answer: a S$50 voucher that can be used for a minimum spending of S$100! It should not take you long to realise that this is a direct 50% discount! And i had two such vouchers! 

Herbal Drunken Prawns
Two pre-requisites to enjoy these drunk prawns; cooler weather (would love to put cold but we all know it is close to impossible in Singapore) and live, kicking prawns! 

Shiok! The liquor could only be described as subtle (personally, i like it this way) while the herbal-ness of the soup coupled with the sweetness of Chinese wolf berries literally warmed the heart. A tad too sweet though, if i may add.

Homemade Beancurd (Tofu)
Our original choice was a recommended deep fried special tofu, which was unfortunately out of stock at an early 1pm! So we had to make do with the above dish that looked more appetizing on the menu.

The green stuff topping the beancurd was some sort of vegetable mix but it provided a unique twist to the silky soft tofu that made it really delicious! The first thing that came to mind as i slowly chewed to savour the flavour; strong tasting beancurd skin!

Supreme Fried Rice with Seafood
Both mom and i thought this was pretty well done with ingredients (i counted prawns, scallops etc) that you know were caught fresh from the tank!

However, Alex had a different opinion (Remember? He is a fried rice specialist; not that we are convinced he is one) which we finally agreed on; it was nice but not as flavourful (note: salty is the right word)! 

Chilli Crab
I had said how much i love the chilli crab from Jumbo (East Coast branch). The same could not be said of the chilli crabs here; i could not help but feel that something was lacking! It's like a nagging thought that remains irritating and disappointing to this day!

Black Pepper Crab
Eng Seng black pepper crabs are unforgettably good even though some diners have complained the gooey thick black pepper sauce covering the crabs was way too sweet. 

In this case, consider the black pepper crabs in Jumbo that are as true as their name goes; hot, spicy, peppery. Not my cup of tea frankly.

Yam Paste with Gingko Nuts
Do you like your or-nee with a heavy mixture of pumpkin, corn bits and gingko nuts? If you do, sit beside me and enjoy this bowl of yam paste in Jumbo.

If you do not, please order another dessert!  

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Location
2 Stadium Walk,
#01-05 Kallang Indoor Stadium

Map
As above

Opening Hours
Lunch: 12noon - 3pm (last order at 2.15pm)
Dinner: 6pm - 12am (last order at 11.15pm)

Reservation
Call 64403435

Price

Herbal Drunken Prawns - S$26.00 (by grams)
Homemade Beancurd (Tofu) - S$14.00
Supreme Fried Rice with Seafood - S$18.00 
Chilli Crab - S$49.40 (S$52 per kilo)
Black Pepper Crab - S$52.00 (S$52 per kilo)
Yam Paste with Gingko Nuts - S$4.50 per bowl
[Subject to GST and Service Charge]

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