Much Below Par Crab Beehoon Soup @ Uncle Leong Jurong East on 6May2016

crab beehoon

crab beehoon – S$68/kg add S$5 for soup

i arranged a 5pax lunch with my OPS primary school buddies at uncle leong jurong east on 6.5.2016. ^^

i had quite many excellent crab beehoon soup at uncle leong jurong east last year (2015).

& recently a OPS primary school buddy bought a very good lunch at red house, so i wanted to let them try the crab beehoon soup at uncle leong.

crab beehoon

crab beehoon – S$68/kg add S$5 for soup

price of crab has gone up from S$63/kg to S$68/kg. adding soup still S$5.

higher price is ok, but somehow the soup was not as intense & flavourful as every of the previous times i had???

crab beehoon soupcrab beehoon soup=1kg crab S$63

if you look at the 2 past photos above, the soup previously all had a deeper yellow colour. just by the look, it appeared more delicious than what we had today!

also, as one friend mentioned immediately, the crab was not as “strong” ie the meat texture is not as firm, and i felt also not sweet as a very fresh good crab should taste.

recently i made a 6-course dinner including crab beehoon soup for a very good friend’s birthday.

the crab beehoon soup i made using 2x250g small crab was very nice. i commented that uncle leong’s was much better, but if i were to c/w what we had today, i think mine was better both for the soup & the crab. my crabs were tiny but very sweet!

cereal prawns

cereal prawns – S$25

the cereal prawns was still good.

however for comparison, i just had cereal prawns at red house 2 days back for another friend’s 7pax bjrthday dinner, and red house cereal prawns were so much better.

seafood pot

seafood pot – S$30

the seafood pot was still very good.

many good ingredients including fish maw, sea cucumbers etc.

hotpot tofu

hotpot tofu – S$15

this hotpot tofu was the worst dish. no comparison at all with any zi char tofu dish say the likes of kok sen etc

hotpot tofu

3-egg tofu – S$15

i used to think this was the best 3-egg tofu.

my taste buds must be different today, but while it was still pretty ok, i thought the recent 3-egg spinach at red house was better.

longan sea coconut

longan sea coconut – complimentary

when we first tried the crab, immediately we told the server it was not so good.

i did not really expect anything, it was not so good but it was not like “bad”. anyhow the server arranged a complimentary longan sea coconut dessert for us.

the lunch came to S$176nett for 5pax like S$35pax. it was really quite below my expectations, much below par.

the last many times i came in 2015, i used a $51 for S$100 voucher so those meals were first super nice & second like super value-for-money. this time no discounts, but i was ok if only the food were as good, but they were not….

c.h.e.f andy

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Uncle Leong (Jurong East)

Address:

262 Jurong East Street 24, #01-485, Singapore 600262

Contact:

(+65) 6897 2881

legacyseafood262@gmail.com

Opening Hours:

Mon – Sun: 11am – 11pm

Wonderful 7pax Birthday Dinner @ Red House at Prinsep on 4May2016

dungeness crab 苏格兰面包螃蟹

#4 dungeness crab 苏格兰面包螃蟹 – 1.2kg S$86

we had a wonderful dinner for a very good friend at red house @ prinsep street on 4.5.2016. ^^

my primary school classmate bought lunch here recently (also a birthday). i thought the food was pretty good & might be a good place for the birthday dinner. 🙂

red house @ prinsep street

red house @ prinsep street

my wife & i were early as we wanted to look at some shop nearby. street parking was full at 6pm so we parked at sunshine plaza which had a lot of parking.

ambience was quite good. nice place.

thai lemongrass chilli lobster

#1 thai lemongrass chilli lobster – S$88

i ordered 7 dishes. 🙂

there was a promo thai lemongrass chilli lobster at S$88.

thai lemongrass chilli lobster

#1 thai lemongrass chilli lobster – S$88

the chilli was excellent. everyone loved the taste.

it was quite a large serving too, i later learned it was a 800g blue lobster. 🙂

cereal prawns

#2 cereal prawns – S$28

we ordered cereal prawns 400g at S$7/100g.

cereal prawns

#2 cereal prawns – S$28

this was really good too.

pepper crab

#3 pepper crab – S$58

crabs were priced at S$72/kg.

we ordered a small sri-lankan pepper crab, 800g for S$58.

pepper crab

#3 pepper crab – S$58

this was a red house signature dish, and it was very good!

dungeness crab 苏格兰面包螃蟹

#4 dungeness crab 苏格兰面包螃蟹 – S$86

the 苏格兰面包螃蟹 (similar to dungeness crabs at pier 39 san francisco, also a common crab dish in hong kong & china seafood restaurants) was priced at the same S$72/kg. it’s 1.2kg so S$86, quite a bit more expensive.

dungeness crab 苏格兰面包螃蟹

#4 dungeness crab 苏格兰面包螃蟹 – S$86

this also red house signature dish.

the crab meat was quite solid & more firm than sri-lankan crab.

dungeness crab 苏格兰面包螃蟹

#4 dungeness crab 苏格兰面包螃蟹

i felt sri-lankan crab was tastier & had a better texture.

also my wife & i thought the chilli sauce was quite poor really, quite sweet but not intense with meat sweetness, instead gluey, sweet not spicy, more like a tourist version.

i would say alan’s homecooked chilli crab was a lot better than this la…

actually we ordered the chilli sri-lankan crab but they came with the expensive (heavier at 1.2kg)苏格兰面包螃蟹 . it was ok for us too to try a new crab dish.

dungeness crab 苏格兰面包螃蟹

#4 dungeness crab 苏格兰面包螃蟹 – S$86

this crab had a lot of roes & tomalleys.

friends ordered additional 10pieces man tou, so they must like the chilli. 🙂

spinach tofu

#5 spinach tofu – S$21

spinach tofu

#5 spinach tofu – S$21

we ordered a medium spinach tofu, 9 pieces S$21.

i liked this dish. it was very good. 🙂

3 egg heng chai (spinach)

#6 3-egg heng chai (spinach) – S$22

the 3-egg spinach also very good.

3 egg heng chai (spinach)

#6 3 egg heng chai (spinach) – S$22

but really this 3-egg spinach dish the best i had was at uncle leong jurong east.

seafood horfun

#7 seafood hor fun – S$18

we ordered a medium seafood hor fun.

it was pretty good. several friends commented good wok hae! 🙂

seafood horfun

#7 seafood hor fun – S$18

the broad kuay teow was especially flavourful. & the serving had quite a bit of prawns & sotong.

it was a good round-up dish for the dinner.

birthday cake

birthday cake

i didn’t have time so just got a 6″ 500g cake from swissbake at holland village.

this their most popular signature cake paradiso di nicciola. 🙂

cake was pretty good but the double chocolate praline from patissier was just a ot better la…

another friend, my weekly jogging partner, quietly paid for dinner without our knowledge. we were still waiting for the bill but he already settled it. ^^

dinner came to S$409. it was less than S$60pax nett. i think pretty good for this quality of food & actually cheaper than the recent 5pax lunch (which was S$311 for 5pax).

the service here was excellent, very friendly, very attentive, keep changing plates & gave a lot (continuous supply) of wet tissues etc. very good service indeed!

c.h.e.f andy

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Red House 

Address
68 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188661
Contact
Fax = +65 6336 6801
Email = prinsep@redhouseseafood.com
Parking
Sunshine Plaza, POMO and Somerset Bencoolen

Opening Hours

Mon – Fri

11.30am – 2.30pm (last order 2pm) 5pm – 11pm (last order 10.30 pm)

Sat, Sun & PH
11am – 11pm (last order 10.30pm)

(My First) Crab Beehoon Soup

crab beehoon soup

crab beehoon soup

recently i had crab beehoon soup twice at uncle leong jurong east, excellent both times.

the taste was like lingering, most endearing, i decided to give it a try myself & did one myself on 11.12.2015.

i googled online recipes, & fashioned after crab bee hoon soup at foodmadewithlove.net, which itself was a variation of rasamalaysia.com’s crab beehoon recipe.

i set my sight on uncle leong’s crab beehoon soup. it is of course just an aim, not an expectation.

crab beehoon soup

crab beehoon soup

happily as it turned out, my first crab beehoon soup was really quite good.

both my daughter (who already had dinner) & my wife loved the dish. broth was very tasty ( i feel not as intense as uncle leong’s but both wife & daughter said they were quite happy as it was).

the crab was very sweet & firm.

crabs from sheng shion S$29.95per kg

crabs from sheng shiong S$29.95per kg

i went to sheng shiong & bought 2 crabs at S$29.95/kg for S$30.55, so each crab was about 500g.

crabs from sheng shion S$29.95per kg

crabs from sheng shion S$29.95per kg

but daughter was eating out, so there were only wife & i for dinner. i decided to kill & put one crab in a ziploc bag & put in the freezer.

prepared crab 500g

clean & prepare crab – 500g

the other crab was full of life so i kept it in water with some ice till about 5pm, then put in the freezer for 1/2hr, then kill & clean the crab, break the pincers & cut into pieces.

crab beehoon soup

crab beehoon soup

the recipe was a lot simpler than i thought –

  1. broth was actually quite easy to prepare. i fried 10 sliced ginger & 1 cut chilli padi in 2tbsp butter (30ml) in a claypot, then added 3cups stock (i used chicken veg stock).
  2. (i added some chinese cabbage & boiled for 1/2hr, then added 1tbsp shaoxing wine 绍兴酒, 1tbsp fish sauce (to taste) & 1cup evaporated milk.
thick beehoon

thick beehoon

when ready to serve, i added 1/2 packet of thick beehoon & the crab into the claypot, and boiled for about 8 to 10mins.

crab beehoon soup

crab beehoon soup

it was a very enjoyable dish & so easy to prepare.

it’s a small crab, 500g c/w 1kg at uncle leong’s. crab meat was firm & very sweet today. overall a truly excellent dish.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients :-

  • 500g crab, cleaned and cut into pieces
  • 1/2 packet thick beehoon
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 10 slices peeled ginger
  • 3 cups chicken vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce (to taste)
  • white pepper
  • chinese cabbage or baby bok choy
  • 2 stalk cut scallion & some coriander for garnishing

Directions :-

  1. put crab in the freezer for 1/2hr, kill & clean the crab, break the pincers & cut into pieces.
  2. fry 10 slice ginger & 1 cut chilli padi in 2tbsp butter (30ml) in a claypot
  3. add 3cups stock (i used chicken veg stock)
  4. add some chinese cabbage & boiled for 1/2hr. then add 1tbsp shaoxing wine 绍兴酒, 1tbsp fish sauce (to taste) & 1cup evaporated milk.
  5. add 1/2 packet of thick beehoon & the crab, boil for about 8 to 10mins. garnish & serve.