This is a brand-new “seafood in a pack” concept in Singapore.

While “HACK IT” is not the first here, but there are a few pointers what makes that difference – there are no physical restaurants only delivery, prices are considered pretty wallet-friendly, and this concept is by the famous JUMBO Group of Restaurants.

As to why the name, “HACK IT” is a term used to describe the action of cracking or smashing, and exudes the attitude of seizing the day.

You will be having fresh seafood prepared with JUMBO’s specially created sauces with Southeast Asian flavours, sent right to your house (via order.hackitseafood.com.sg).

A tasty option to consider for year-end gatherings.

Plus enjoy FREE delivery (min order $50) OR complimentary HACK IT’s Signature Salad and Yuan Yang Fries with purchase of 1 Seafood Pack with Promo Code HACKITXDFD (more details below).

Foodies should be more or less familiar with the Southern Louisiana style seafood concept, but local restaurants have given this a twist with Asian flavours.

Seafood are placed in bags, poured out ‘ceremoniously’ on tables, and diners eat straight from there with hands or gloves. Can be messy but fun.

HACK IT’s seafood packs have that extra edge because the seafood is wok-fried with sauce (wok-hei!) rather with sauces just mixed or tossed over boiled seafood.

There are six distinctive sauce bases to choose from: Chilli Crab, Black Pepper, Hot and Spicy Mala (additional $6), Smooth Creamy Butter, Sweet and Spicy Tomato, and Ginger Spring Onion Sauce.

This is to be paired with one of the four curated specialty packs of ‘Xiao Long Xia’ In A Pack ($42), Crab In A Pack ($66), Lobster In A Pack ($66), and Deluxe Seafood Pack ($108).

The idea is to pick your favourite seafood + sauce combinations. So even Xiao Long Xia with Chilli Crab sauce is a reality. There is also a complimentary choice of carbs, including Instant Noodles, Penne, Garlic Fried Rice and Steamed Rice.

This is what I have tried:

Crab In A Pack + Chilli Crab Sauce ($66)
Includes Live Mud Crab (600g), Clams (100g), Mussels (100g), Live Prawns (200g) and Pearl Corn (100g) with Choice of Carbs

It is only right that my default top choice would be “Crab In A Pack” in the signature chilli crab sauce.

The live mud crabs, seafood and other ingredients are first wok-fried in the mouth-watering signature sauce, packed and sealed (to keep in the heat), then sent your place.

Don’t need to use newspapers (yikes) on your dining table, as table cover, bibs and gloves are provided. But to be safe, you can always add another layer of plastic sheet below the paper cover.

Here’s the drill: Pour the seafood out and enjoy with HANDS. (You can scan a QR code for a special music playlist, but nothing is stopping you from playing your own favourite Christmas carols or Canto pop – I different era.)

I think the portion is good for two to share, and the thrill is just letting your hair down at home, reach out for the food, and even lick the sauce from your gloves or hands (without people judging).

The luscious Chilli Crab sauce is said to contain a myriad of over 10 different Southeast Asian spices such as chilli, turmeric, lemongrass, and candlenuts.

All-in-all, quite an enjoyable experience. I liked that sweet-tanginess with subtle eggy fragrance that brings out the freshness of crab. Somehow, I found this sauce even nuttier than the usual, though I wished there was more for me to sweep up the crispy mini ‘Man Tou’ (additional $3.60 for 4 pieces).

’Xiao Long Xia’ In A Pack + Hot and Spicy Mala Sauce ($48)
Includes ‘Xiao Long Xia’ (500g), Clams (100g), Mussels (100g), Prawns (200g) and Pearl Corn (100g) with Choice of Carbs

Being the Mala Xiang Guo lover, this pairing is also quite a straight-forward selection.

What I enjoyed was that the pack also comes complete with additional broccoli, lotus root and assorted mushrooms for those greens and crunch.

All Seafood Packs are served with complimentary side of staple. Pick the instant noodles, and it almost feels like having an indulgent-luxe version of Xiang Guo at home.

I would describe the sauce as in between wei la (mildly spicy) and xiao la (little spicy) with that element of spiciness and kick from Sichuan peppercorn, chilli pepper and various spices, but not being overly tingling to the tongue.

While I am not the biggest fan of ‘Xiao Long Xia’, this pack comes with quite a substantial half a kg portion, and the ‘baby lobsters’ were considerably meaty.

Deluxe Seafood Pack + Smooth Creamy Butter Sauce ($108)
Includes Live Mud Crab (600g), Live Boston Lobster (500g), Clams (100g), Mussels (100g), Live Prawns (200g) and Pearl Corn (100g) with Choice of Carbs

While most of the other sauces have an Asian-savour with a touch of heat (say Chilli Crab, Mala, Black Pepper, Sweet and Spicy Tomato), this full-flavoured creamy butter sauce would suit the non-spice lovers.

The smooth-milky sauce comes with apparent fragrance of butter and curry leaves, topped with crispy milk crumbs which is rather addictive.

There was a certain richness and mild sweetness, which worked well with the gently coated lobster flesh as it didn’t over-power the natural flavours of the seafood.

Best tossed with the complimentary served of Penne Pasta.

Order online for a selection of unique Asian side dishes, including:

Seafood Baked Rice with Chilli Crab Sauce ($9.80)
Assorted seafood with fried rice in sweet-tangy signature chilli crab sauce, topped with mozzarella cheese and baked.

HACK IT’s Signature Salad ($12)
A refreshing and fruity salad of mixed greens with sliced avocado, starfruit, rock melon, cherry tomatoes AND interesting addition of crunchy ‘chai poh’ bits (though not quite the same as those on chwee kueh).

Drizzled with olive, house-made plum sauce, and tossed crushed peanuts.

Sotong Dough Fritters ($9.80)
Inspired by the local rojak, an appetiser deep-fried sotong fritters tossed with diced pineapple and grapes in salad cream sauce.

HACK IT Mid Wings ($9.80)
Deep-fried mid wings coated with chef-created sweet and spicy sauce. Something like Korean sauced wings, except that this has a crispy outer layer.

Crab in the Cake ($9)
House-made Crab cake filled with fresh crab meat and vegetables, deep-fried till golden brown and accompanied with Thousand Island sauce.

Yuan Yang Fries ($10)
Duo of thick-cut Spam fries and baked ‘Man Tou’ Bread Sticks. Recommended to dip in Chilli Crab sauce.

Deep Fried Mini ‘Man Tou’ ($3.60 for 4 pcs)
When you have Chilli Crab sauce, you need those fluffy mantou.

All Seafood Packs are served with a side of staple: penne pasta, instant noodles, steamed rice or garlic fried rice.

Optional add-ons include seafood of Live Dungeness Crab, Live Alaskan Crab, Prawns, along with other ingredients such as assorted mushrooms, broccoli, lotus root, potato, and luncheon meat.

For those who prefer to customise your own Seafood Packs, you can choose to have the HACK IT Your Way Seafood Pack, where you get to pick your favourite seafood items, ingredients, and sauce.

The full selection of star crustaceans includes ‘Xiao Long Xia’ (500g), Live Mud Crab (600g – 1.6kg), Live Dungeness Crab (900g – 1.1kg), Live Alaskan Crab (2.4kg – 3.2kg) and Live Boston Lobster (500g).

HACK IT
Delivery hours: 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Website: hackitseafood.com.sg
Ordering Platform: order.hackitseafood.com.sg
HACK IT officially launches on 3 Dec 2020. Pre-orders have started.

HACK IT X DFD Pre-Order Special
Use Promo Code HACKITXDFD for complimentary HACK IT’s Signature Salad and Yuan Yang Fries with purchase of 1 Seafood Pack. Valid till 20 Dec 2020.

HACK IT Launch Promotion
Enjoy FREE islandwide delivery with a minimum spend of $50. (Note: FREE delivery is not valid with any other promotions, discounts or promo codes.) Valid till 31 Dec 2020.

* This entry is brought to you in partnership with HACK IT.

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