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Tian Jin Hai Seafood (Upper Serangoon)

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4.5

hidden gem!

i chanced upon the restaurant while googling for nice places to have crabs and saw a few blogs recommending this place...But when i look it up on HGW..there wasn't really much reviews, so i was kinda skeptical abt it.

However, i read that chef francis has won awards, their food was featured on local tv food show and even anthony bourdain ate there!

So full of hopes i went there on a sunday evening. When i arrive at ard 6ish, the coffeeshop was pretty empty..we were the only few guest so i was kinda unsure if the food will be nice at all( but more cust came later and they even ran out of crabs and had to go buy more)...From the moment i sank my teeth into the crab claws, i dun even care if it was an old, non-airconditioned coffee shop :) It was really delicious and everything cook at the right taste.

We ordered 3 crabs done in 3 different ways (black pepper, chili and bee-hoon soup), 1 fried squid (very crispy and nice!), 1 kangkong, with rice and drinks (3 bottle of beer).

Total cost was $170++ for 4 pax. Quite okay compared to the last time i ate at mellban, me and my bf spent ard $150

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• 11 Oct 2011 • 1 review • 0 follower

hidden gem!

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i chanced upon the restaurant while googling for nice places to have crabs and saw a few blogs recommending this place...But when i look it up on HGW..there wasn't really much reviews, so i was kinda skeptical abt it.

However, i read that chef francis has won awards, their food was featured on local tv food show and even anthony bourdain ate there!

So full of hopes i went there on a sunday evening. When i arrive at ard 6ish, the coffeeshop was pretty empty..we were the only few guest so i was kinda unsure if the food will be nice at all( but more cust came later and they even ran out of crabs and had to go buy more)...From the moment i sank my teeth into the crab claws, i dun even care if it was an old, non-airconditioned coffee shop :) It was really delicious and everything cook at the right taste.

We ordered 3 crabs done in 3 different ways (black pepper, chili and bee-hoon soup), 1 fried squid (very crispy and nice!), 1 kangkong, with rice and drinks (3 bottle of beer).

Total cost was $170++ for 4 pax. Quite okay compared to the last time i ate at mellban, me and my bf spent ard $150

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• 02 Jun 2011 • 1 review • 0 follower

Same great taste at a new location

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At a friend's recommendation, we went down to check out this restaurant helmed by owner-chef Francis Yeo. The place was a little coffeeshop tucked in the corner near Potong Pasir. (Which allow us to absorb a little bit of Potong Pasir old town charm). Nothing fanciful, it's like a typical coffeeshop except that you will see some photographs affirming Mr Yeo's culinary skills.

While the setting is humble, the food was majestic. We tried 2 different type of crabs and they were awesome. The chilli crab was just sweet and not too spicy. It strikes the right balance when it comes to flavour and yet not overpowering the natural sweetness of the crab meat. The gravy was thick and of course we went mantou dunking happy.

The salted egg crab was also worth trying. Many popular restaurant don't serve this anymore and I suspect it's due to the difficulty in trying to get the salted egg coated nicely onto the crab. Mr Yeo's version probably involve some frying of the crab which coats the crab meat nicely with the salted egg. The salty sweet taste is one that I rate highly. Though my partner found it too gelat.

We also tried the usual food like Kang Kong, seafood youtiao etc which are all pretty decent.

The price is also much cheaper than Mellben, House of Seafood etc. Perhaps because they have move to a new location and many of their old customers are unable to find them, the place is not crowded when we went on a weekday night and the service was impeccable. The attention was personal and it wasn't like those popular chain where you are just another customer.

Last but not least, we missed out on trying the award winning steamed shark head. According to Mr Yeo, it's his creation and it has won much accolades here and internationally. Next on the item!
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