04 Aug 2013
I’ve been to House of Seafood at Yio Chu Kang Road many times, both when it was at 180 and 36 Yio Chu Kang Road. In those visits I have tried 4 types of crabs they have to offer, namely the signature, famous Black Pepper Crab, Chilli Crab, Creamy Butter Crab and the Salted Egg Crab. Of the 4, the runaway winner for myself is without doubt the Salted Egg version.
There are 2 main types of Salted Egg Crabs ($50) in seafood restaurants; a deep fried version with salted egg battered onto the shell and another like how House of Seafood does it, creamy and not unlike butter crabs but with a thicker consistency and the added saltiness that elevates the dish. At places like HOS where the Salted Egg Crabs are delightful, I often find that the butter crabs do not match up as they taste like a pale version of the Salted Egg counterparts.
As for the other crabs, the Chilli Crabs have a watery sauce that places it below par in comparison to other seafood establishments, while the Signature Black Pepper Crab is indeed excellent with an ink-black sauce that is spicy but does not overwhelm. However, not being a fan of black pepper, the Salted Egg Crabs and Fried Mantou ($0.60 each) are easy choices when I am at HOS and the party I am with often leave the plate squeaky clean.
Service wise, while there have been many complains on forums and food reviews, my friends and I have experienced nothing but helpful, friendly staff members. Kudos.
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