Dinner @ Wan He Lou

October 26, 2014 in Chinese

Continuing on with my hairy crab adventure, my friend and I were off to Wan He Lou. Actually, my friend just wanted Chinese cuisine. And the only few Chinese restaurants that I can remember offhand are those which I’ve shortlisted to try their hairy crab. Haha. =p

And with that, we arrived on a Tuesday evening to a packed restaurant. We noticed most were dining in big groups. And we were lucky to be seated promptly as there happened to be an empty table meant for pairs.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Green dragon vegetable with dried shrimps, $9.90 (small) (above) – With 7 options to choose our vegetables to be done, we went with ‘sambal belacan’. Other ways include ‘sauteed with chopped garlic’, ‘anchovies’, ‘oyster sauce’, ‘preserved beancurd’, ‘spicy bean paste’ and ‘black bean’. This was not too bad. Vegetable was crunchy and refreshing, although it was a little spicy for me. I really can’t take spicy food.

2) Signature chicken, $11.90 (small) (above) – This was not bad. The meat was scarped such that it’s a ball at the end which made eating very satisfying. Imagine being able to take one big mouthful of meat easily. And this actually reminded me of coffee pork ribs. The chicken drumlets were fried such that its exterior was crispy before coating them with the sauce. Very nice.

3) Half shell scallop in garlic sauce, $16 (4 pieces) (above)

4) Hairy crab, $26.90 (above) – There’s a promotion of ‘buy 3 get 1 free’, but we decided to share 1 instead. When we were placing our order, we were given an option of male or female, which we went for the former. And upon served, the staff asked if we needed help which we said yes. And with that, the staff dissected the crab very skillfully for us. Amount of roe was not too bad for its price tag. However, the staff forget to give us our cup of ginger tea till we reminded them.

5) Signature lobster porridge, $39.90 (above) – Lobster porridge being their signature dish, we just had to order this. It’s stated on the menu that this costs from $29.90. And upon placing our order, the staff updated us that it would cost us $39.90 for a portion that’s good for 2. And this certainly did not disappoint. Staff assisted to remove the lobster from the bowl before we helped ourselves to the porridge. And the soup was so good. Rich and flavourful.

I certainly recommend Wan He Lou. With their dishes being very affordable, Wan He Lou makes an ideal venue for big group outings. Service was okie although we had a little difficulty initially in trying to get their attention to place our orders. Parking was not an issue aswe parked at Jalan Besar Plaza, with its car park entrance being just opposite Wan He Lou too. Very convenient with affordable parking charge too. We paid only $1.50 for parking (It’s per entry for Monday to Saturday, after 6pm).

And for those interested in their hairy crabs, Wan He Lou is offering them till end of November 14.

65 Maude Road, Singapore
6294 8057, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 11:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 6
Mon – Sun : 17:00 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Service: 7

Lunch @ Min Jiang

October 15, 2014 in Chinese

And the month of October is synonymous with the hairy crab season. =)

I had my first hairy crab more than 3 years ago and I can still very much remember how delicious the roe was. Thus, as October drew near, I did my research to find out the respective interesting creations churned out by the few Chinese restaurants (which are under my radar). And Min Jiang was one of the restaurants I shortlisted to try. Not just for their hairy crab, but also for their other signatures dishes like peking duck! I been wanting to try their peking duck for the longest time ever.

My girlfriend and I decided to go to the Goodwood Park outlet instead of the Rochester’s for its better accessibility. Anywhere in town is always convenient. Ha. And upon arrival, we were promptly led to our table.

I would have preferred to sit alfresco where one can have full view of the swimming pool. But it being 12.30pm with the sun up and crazily hot, we decided to sit indoors. There were a few big groups that day, so the restaurant was a little noisy.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Platter, $28 (above) – Steamed ‘xiao long bao’ with chilli crabmeat, baked Japanese fresh scallop with ‘mentaiko’ mayo sauce, chilled angel hair noodle with truffle oil & hairy crabmeat. And this was one of the creations from Min Jiang’s hairy crab promotion 2014 menu. However, this was normal. My favourite of the three would be the scallop and my least being the xiao long bao as the chilli overwhelmed the taste of the crab meat.

2) Roasted peking duck (2 styles), $35 (half) (above) – From the poultry section of menu, we went with half as there was only 2 of us. A whole duck would set one back by $70. And it was great to know that even though we only ordered half duck, the staff would still wrap the duck skin in front of us. I love the skin! So thin, crispy and fragrant! Although the crepe was just a little on the thick side. And for the meat, we were given 3 choices. To fry it with rice, noodle or wrap with lettuce. We went with ee-fu noodles where noodles were surprisingly good.

3) Oven baked lamb rack with red wine sauce, $22 (above) – From the chef recommendation menu, meat was tender and juicy! Yum. And it was interesting to see the lamb rack being propped up by cubes of carrot cakes. Of course, we did not think the carrot cake complimented the lamb. But we did enjoy both (the lamb and carrot cake) very much as separate entities.

4) Pan fried foie gras with Australian 10 head abalone, $28 (above) – From the chef recommendation menu, this was decent. It’s almost as though we were having two dishes when we only ordered one item because we enjoyed the foie gras and abalone separately. And I ordered this only because it had two of my favourite ingredients. Ha.

5) Vegetable, $20 (S) (above) – From the vegetable section, we chose ‘Hong Kong’ kai-lan and ‘fried with minced garlic’ as our method of preparation. This was normal. My girlfriend insisted in ordering it as our meal should have some greens.

6) Steamed hairy crab, $68 (above) – Part of the hairy crab promotion 2014 menu, this was the bomb! So good! The staff pushed out a pushcart tray with our crabs and asked if we would like to do it ourselves or for her to assist (us) in handling the crabs. We went for the latter since we were not too sure how to dissect the crab properly. And hence, a mini performance started. Keke. I really can’t get enough of the vibrant orange roe. So good. I highly recommend having this delicacy steamed to taste the naturally sweet crab meat at its best. And as we were nearing the end of our crab dish, the staff came and poured us a cup of ginger tea to counter the ‘cooling’ (yin) effect which these crabs have on our bodies.

7) Mango sago with pomelo and ice cream served in young coconut, $14 (above) – From the desserts menu, this was good! I liked how thick the ice cream was. And although pomelo was used, I did not bite into anything bitter. I somehow associate bitterness with pomelo. Ha.

8) Sichuan pancake, $12 (S) (above)

So yes! Interested in trying one’s hands on hairy crabs? I recommend Min Jiang! Hairy crab menu offered till 23 Oct for 2014 though. And in all honesty, with or without the hairy crab season, I will also recommend Min Jiang for Chinese cuisine. Although I will try to refrain from ordering dishes that sound too fusion. Service was great too. Although it was a little difficult initially in trying to place our orders when the staff were busy with the bigger groups.

And if one is interested to hands on when it comes to eating these hairy crabs, do read The Straits Times’ article on how to eat a hairy crab in 8 simple steps! =)

22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Level 1, Singapore
6730 1704, Website
Overall: 7.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sat : 11:30 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Sun : 11:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Value: 7
Sat – Sun : 15:00 – 17:30 (Dim sum)
Service: 8
Mon – Sun : 18:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)