I returned to Singapore on work for three days. The days at work is somewhat OK … not gruelling as I originally anticipated. At the end of the second day of work, Patrick invited the project team out for dinner.
We went to the East Coast Seafood Centre where there were a lot of major seafood restaurants concentrated in the block.
Crabs, in particular chilli crab, is very popular in Singapore. Many people consider the chilli crab the defacto national dish of Singapore. So, the East Coast Seafood Centre is undoubtedly the place to bring guests and visitors to.
Even on a weekday night, the parking lot was quite busy. I was told that the traffic and parking is worse on weekends.
We went to this restaurant which had an unique name: “No Signboard Seafood”.
We started off with a plate of Fried Crispy Baby Squid. I had never tried this before. They were very good — very crispy. A great starter dish.
I told Patrick I wanted to try their chilli crab and left all the ordering to him. However, when the crab came it was not chilli crab! Grrr … instead what he had ordered was the White Pepper Crab (or I think that’s what Patrick said it’s called).
It wasn’t bad at all, in fact, it was quite good. It’s just that it’s disappointing that we did not have the chilli crab. The chilli crab gravy would have been great with hard-crusted bread or rice. This one does not have gravy.
The crab was fresh and very fleshy. It was good but wished it was chilli crab … just can’t get over missing chilli crab!!
This is something new too to me — Crayfish (or crawfish). I think they were fried with butter, I am not sure.
The crayfish looked like a cross between a lobster and a very, very large prawn. The flesh tasted a lot like lobster. What I liked best was the flakes from the fried butter. Great on rice.
The below is a squid dish wrapped by yutiao. This is unique but does not have much of a taste.