Restaurant: Long Beach Dempsey
Location: 25 Dempsey road Left turn to Dempsey via Holland Rd (before Peirce Rd) Singapore 249670 Tel: 6323 2222
Date: March 23, 2012
Rating: Amazing Crab
On my way back from the Maldives (see here for that food) we stopped for a day in Singapore. I’d been told this pretty and modern city has some of the best eating in Asia. The Raffles hotel (where we were staying) sent us to this local chain for some chili crab. It wasn’t fancy by western standards, but the crab was phenomenal.
Got to love these Asian picture menus.
This is “sweet and sour shrimp.” Heavily fried but oh so good.
And a different kind of fried shrimp, the “House Specialty Prawn.” These were good too, a bit like shrimp tempura with a slightly more Chinese taste.
And for the trio of main event items this is “classic white pepper crab.” There were a choice of crabs between $68 and $220 dollars. We went for these “popular” Sri Lankan crags. They were huge and delicious, and not nearly as expensive as the Alaskan King Crabs and the like. The white pepper crab had an awesome and delicate white pepper flavor. Not cloying in the least.
Here is the “Famous Black Pepper Crab.” It was also great, perhaps a little more powerful in taste than the white. Spicier. I think I might have liked the white slightly better.
Then comes the “world famous chili crab.” This guy is drenched in a curry-like chili sauce. The sauce was incredible.
It was so good we got these bread balls to scoop it up with. But that wasn’t enough. We spooned it and more (see later).
Next were some “Dong Po ribs with honey sauce.” These were some of the best Chinese-style pork ribs I’ve had. They melted from the bone.
“Renowned Crispy Duck.” Also good, but a little dry in comparison to everything else.
When we ordered this clam and noodle dish the waiter sold us we wouldn’t like it, “too local.” It was odd. Like steamed clams in gravy covered in strips of fried clams. By gravy I mean Turkey gravy or the like. As I said, odd.
My poor wife had to watch the other seven of us devour all that before she got anything she could eat. This fried grouper in sweat and sour schezhuan sauce. It was good too.
After finishing the crab itself and dipping up a storm with the sauce we just couldn’t let it go.
At the suggestion of the staff we ordered some egg fried rice and just spooned the sauce on over it. Yum!
Then we got a pair of peculiar Asian desserts. These are like panacotta with in one case caramel and the other chocolate.
You can see it closer here. It was steaming like dry ice. The flavor was mild and sweet, making it a pleasant was to end a very pleasant evening.
This meal might not look like one of my crazy Michelin places but it sure was fantastic!
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