At Sentosa, they love to put seafood restaurants near seafood themed attractions – there is Cat Cora’s Ocean Restaurant at S.E.A Aquarium and The Boxing Crab right behind Underwater World. Which really disturbs me for eating their kind after going gaga over the wonders of nature.
While getting here can be a hassle, I will do (almost) anything for crabs. Especially Boxing Crab’s Braised Claypot Crab with Superior Broth and Pumpkin. They are really one of a yummy kind.
The crabs are soused in a pumpkin-curry-salted egg yolk sauce, all umami thick, and orangey-yellow creamy, best dipped with a combination of deep fried mantou and fresh sweet flesh from the crab claws. Every mouthful turns out to be a little excitement – a touch of sweetness, a touch of mild curry spiciness.
But But But, don’t finish all the sauce by yourself if you are minding the cholesterol.
The Boxing Crab has also introduced a Mother’s Day Set Menu which I tried in advance. $328++ for 4 persons is pricey for me, though I think 5-6 can share with the huge portions given.
Some of the highlights are a show-stopping (looks wise) Deep Fried Spiny Lobster Salad with chunky fleshes of lobster, and Braised Treasure Chicken in Lotus Leaf. The latter is really my kind of dish, while not exactly a photogenic piece, has some of my favourite ingredients of chicken pieces, Chinese chestnuts, mushrooms and carrots cooked in a savoury sauce that goes very well with plain rice. There is also a faint fragrance of the lotus leaf with every bite.
The other dishes, the Homemade Water Chestnut Bean Curd with Spices Meat, and Stir Fried Sea Scallop and Prawn with Asparagus are just seafood restaurant standard satisfactory, while the Stir Vermicelli with Seafood is a let-down. So some hits and misses.
Two factors are working against The Boxing Crab – too far and a tad steep. The crabs are about $70 per kg. which is way beyond prices in the main island. The good news is, they are offering a 1 for 1 crab promotion for the month of May. Pass me both the pumpkin and the chilli crab.
The Boxing Crab
80 Siloso Beach, Sentosa (behind Underwater World), Singapore 098 969, Tel: +6274 7760
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 11:00pm