Mellben Pasir Ris – Crabby Crabs
Travelled all the way to Pasir Ris for crabs. Nothing can make me do that but for crabby cravings and good friends. And why not the Ang Mo Kio or Toa Payoh branch? I was told you can get a seat easily here and true enough, the coffee shop space was relatively empty.
There were a few interesting versions of crabs which include a Laska Crab Bee Hoon Soup, Curry Crab and Butter Crab. I was recommended by fellow reviewers that the Claypot Crab with Bee Hoon is formidability delicious.
Now… I won’t say it is not delicious but I expected better. The crabby soup was only mildly tasty and thick, and had a tad too much of evaporated milk. Somehow the crab meat was not as tasty as I would have imagined and it felt that the flavours have flowed away somewhere else. To where I don’t know. Perhaps it could have been more flavourful if I ordered two crabs instead of one. We all gave the crab the benefit of the doubt.
The Pepper Crab Dry Bee Hoon should have been the hot seller, though the presentation itself leaves much to be desired. They just anyhow put it on the plate. Anyway, it is unlike some other black pepper crabs where the spiciness would mask the taste of the crab. While the bee hoon was ‘dry’, there was sufficient soup for you to savour slowly. The soup was part peppery and part stocky, and no doubt that I would lick the plate if nobody was looking.
The other must-recommend was the Guinness Stout Pork Ribs ($10/12/16), crispfully fried on the outside while the meat was still tender and moist. The faint beer marinade complimented well and it fortunately and almost single-handedly made the meal end on a high note.
Will I travel again to Pasir Ris for this? Er…. maybe try Ang Mo Kio next.
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