Chin Huat Live Seafood Restaurant

As Lips is newly single, I've had a lot more opportunities to meet up with her. Personally, if I were a guy, I'd marry her. She's the epitome of the perfect girl. She's cultured and elegant, genuinely sweet and nice, incredibly smart and successful, comes from a well-to-do family, but yet is one of the most unmaterialistic, unpretentious and down-to-earth girl I have ever met. AND, she's pretty. Slim too. That's why she's one of my favourite people to go out with.

As usual, I ditched the BF and went out with Lips alone. She's never had the crab flavour du jour, salted egg yolk (though she's heard a lot about it and she loves salted egg yolk prawns), so I brought her to have some.

Some of you late-night TV junkies might remember the tacky advertisement about Chin Huat selling lobsters that are bigger than a little girl? Chin Huat sells a lot of premium seafood (snow crabs, dungeness crabs, abalone, lobsters), so you see a lot of Chinese towkays with their business associates having dinner there. It does get crowded and service is inevitably slow, so go on weekdays or you can do what I did. Have dinner with a galfriend with whom you can yak continuously and subconsiously while the time away.

Chin Huat was out of Sri Lankan crabs, so we got the next best (also the next cheapest) option, Salted Egg Yolk Dungeness Crabs (which cost a whopping $58 per kg). Lips loved it. A pity Chin Huat's version didn't have more of the salted egg yolk bits. We were practically licking the salted egg yolk off the crab shells. We also felt that the dungeness crab was pretty nice, the flesh was delicate and sweet. The shell is thinner, legs are fatter but pincers are smaller than their Sri Lankan cousins.

We also really liked the Beancurd with Vegetable and Dried Scallops ($12), the dried scallops (conpoy) had imbued the oyster sauce gravy with a subtle seafaring saltiness. The beancurd was baby bottom-soft and smooth. We both liked that this dish had a lot of vegetables as well. This could have doubled up as a full vegetable dish.

We also ordered Lightly-Fried Spinach ($8), sauteed in garlic and soy, simple and gratifying. It was good that we ordered "fillers" such as the spinach and the beancurd dish because the crabs took a really really REALLY long time to arrive. These got our tummies to stop rumbling.

Although the crabs took a long time to arrive and service was generally slow and erratic, I have to say that the servers were very sweet and nice. They came over to check on us intermittently throughout the meal, apologised profusely when they'd run out of the soup we ordered and tried to fill up our iced waters efficiently.

Chin Huat Live Seafood Restaurant
Blk 105 Clementi St 12,
#01-30, Sunset Way
Tel: 6775 7348
Open daily from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunches and from 5pm to 10.30pm for dinner
Website: www.chinhuatliveseafood.sg/

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