Sin Hoi Sai Eating House, Tiong Bahru
This open air cze cha place (55 Tiong Bahru Road #01-59) was recommended not long ago and is apparently frequented by celebrities from time to time. I was quite surprised when we arrived to find huge tanks of all sorts of live creatures, including Alaskan King Crab and snow crab (wow - I don't think I've ever seen those in Singapore before...has anyone been watching The Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel recently, BTW?). And while many Chinese restaurants often have a couple tanks too, the water at those places often look stagnant with the seafood all the more lifeless. This place's tanks, on the other hand, looked vibrant and fresh. I was impressed.
Now, we didn't go for any of the Alaskan King Crab, but we did get a number of the usual local seafood specialities, including cereal prawns, chili crab, and black pepper crab. None of those blew me away, but they were all definitely above average. One interesting variant that I had for the first time though was salted egg crab, which gave it an interesting (and not entirely unwelcome) twist in the taste. I'm not sure if this is a speciality unique to these guys or not, but it sure doesn't seem very common compared to its chili and pepper counterparts.
Well, one thing that these guys are apparently known for is their prawn paste chicken, which came out piping hot and crispy. And while these were good, I think I prefer the taste of Ice Cold Beer's chicken though, which are a bit more subtle in taste. I'm told that these guys have a number of other specialities like hot plate tofu and frog legs with chicken essence, but we didn't get to try those tonight. Maybe one of these days on the way home from the office we can stop by again, especially since they are open until 5 AM or something.