I love eating crabs. I can have crabs up to 4 times a week. My fondness for the crustacean is probably due to my family's love for its delicate and sweet flesh. When we were younger, my family would go out for a seafood dinner every week. Yes, you heard right. EVERY week.
Of course it was really a no-brainer what to have for our Fathers' Day dinner. Pops likes a couple of dishes exclusive to the Long Beach Seafood chain of restaurants, so I promptly made reservations at the Kallang Park outlet. It may not have the scenic location of East Coast, or the hip factor of Dempsey, but I know the manager there, so service is generally more personal and attentive.
Pops loves Chili Crabs ($44 per kg), so we got one of that. Long Beach's version is thick, spicy, slightly sweet but still very heady. Egg is stirred in well so it becomes a very fine mix in the rich gravy.
We ordered 2 rounds of the Fried Buns ($0.50 per bun) just to soak up all that eggalicious gravy. These were crispy, fluffy and utterly delicious.
Some of us prefer the black pepper version, so we got one of the Black Pepper Crabs ($44 per kg). These were dry-fried, with the heady aroma and subtle heat of black pepper infusing the sweet flesh of the fresh crabmeat.
We also ordered my sister's favourite, Steamed Live Prawns ($32), plump, juicy and sweet. These were humongous! Thick black sauce with cut chilis accompanied the dish.
Pops also likes the Homemade Beancurd ($16 for medium), silky-smooth and incredibly soft beancurd with fluffy pork floss was served with a side of thick sweet Thai-style chili sauce.
The Sea Cucumber with Fish Maw Soup ($36 for large) was also a hit. The rich and creamy bisque-like soup was choc-a-bloc with premium sea cucumber, fish maw, strips of black fungus, bamboo shoots and Chinese black mushrooms.
The Steamed Seabass, Hongkong Style ($30.40) was delightfully light. The soft flesh of the fresh fish was perfectly steamed and slathered in delicate soy gravy.
To round of the heavy, seafood-centered meal, we were thoughtfully served complimentary refreshing Fresh Fruits.
Long Beach King Seafood
220 Stadium Boulevard
Next to Kallang Park Macdonalds
Tel: 6344 7722
Open daily from 11am to 3pm; and from 5pm to 1.15am