In Singapore, everyone has their opinion on which seafood restaurant has the best crab. I've heard people rave about No Signboard (tried once, didn't like their white pepper crab), Long Beach (never tried), Red House (tried a couple of times, not very memorable)...and recently my Moscow friends Roy and Lynn took us to their favourite one somewhere near Tanjong Pagar, I forget the name.
But for Eddie and I, and now Brian of course, our favourite place to eat crab is still Jumbo. No other place prepares black pepper crab the way Jumbo does, and the taste has stayed fairly consistent since we first went to the restaurant in 1993. I remember the year cos Eddie first went to the restaurant during a company dinner when he and his batch mates were trainee station managers. Subsequently, the group started having a monthly payday gathering here, with girlfriends joining in the feast.
No trip back to Singapore is complete without one Jumbo seafood dinner. In recent years, Brian has started joining in the fun, and I no longer get to have all the big claws to myself.
Jumbo gets really busy so I made sure to call up first so that I don't end up getting tiny crustaceans. This past Thursday, I called and asked if there were any 1.2-1.3kg crabs, and the lady said she would reserve 2 for me. Sneaky fellas, when we got there, they said there were only 1.1kg crabs left. Based on past experience, without reserving, they are likely to give you small crabs of around 900g, which is really not shiok lah.
What we had on Thursday. Drunken prawns. They don't do it anymore but in the past they would actually bring the bowl of live prawns, pour alcohol over them, and the prawns would jump up and down inside the bowl. Cruel eh? Well, Jumbo drunken prawns are still as good today as they were 17 years ago. They're so succulent and sweet.
Sigh...even at a seafood restaurant, we cannot escape from having a porky dish. Eddie's usual order of sweet and sour pork. Thankfully, this time, it was quite nice.
Yongchow fried rice for Sean...cos he won't eat the other food. I know, we should train him...lazylah. The fried rice wasn't nice, and he ate very little that night.
We also ordered Otar (no photo) which was quite nice and this chicken and beef satay, DO NOT ORDER Satay here, they're terrible.
A big pile of Kangkung even though we ordered a small portion. Was okay, couldn't finish this.
Chilli crab with yummy gravy and...
Man tou for dipping.
And the highlight of any Jumbo visit, the black pepper crab. I can't quite describe the taste, those of you who've eaten this please help me. It's spicy, fragrant, and somewhat buttery...I love it.