Daily: 17:00 - 01:30
While it's well-known for its chilli crab (which you can order as a takeaway dish), this zi char restaurant also has plenty of other staple offerings that keep diners happy. Complement your crab meal with prawn paste chicken, steamed soon hock fish or fried rice with salted fish.
We made a reservation at 6pm and arrived 5.55pm. Ordered our drinks first since half of the group has not arrive. At 6.08pm, we got rebuke by a fat lady for hogging the table. I was shocked by that rude treatment. The food is good tho, if I would ever visit that place again, I just hope that I don't have to see that f** face.
HUngry from my jog, the plumb staff took my order without even look at me. I ordered sambal lala, then changed it to stingray. Being only 1 person, I expect a reasonable quote. I was charged $28!!!!
After 25mins I returned to get my package, was totally ignored until I've to approach the staffs to enquire. Turns out the cashier gave me lala and stingray. But I realised there's no fragrance at all but tought it couldn't be that bad....
I was darn wrong... very wrong. opened taste the stingray... the taste descended in my mouth!!! literally! I mean sambal can't be that bad right? NO! It's really so bad, and taste utterly terrible, like hot water blanched in salt! Horrible, I tried the lala... exactly the same. Different style but taste just like water+salt. Only the flesh had tiny bit of taste, so much so my drinks tasted divine and h eavenly.
It's really that BAD!!! If I was the chef, I should change my profession, as it's really an injustice to the patrons expecting decent or even average food. This one's disgusting!!!!!!! Seriously worst seafood in my life. Don't believe? try it!!!! Totally taste blind cook.
See my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2015/10/19/quite-poor-zi-char-ban-leong-wah-hoe-on-18oct2015/
daughter wanted to buy dinner for family + close family friends at ban leong wah hoe to celebrate an occasion. we went there for a 7pax dinner on 18.10.2015. ^^
i looked up hungrygowhere & openrice. the latest 7 reviews in hungrygowhere 2015 & 2014 were all bad. mostly about the bad service but also about lousy food & non transparency. only a single good review going back to mar2014 on hungrygowhere.
i noticed also the absence of pricing in the menu. i think that is quite an unacceptable practice today in zi char, restaurant or hawker centre, haha! so that’s why son many comments about non transparency.
we found the service ok actually, no nasty lady boss. service was ok & kind of expected for a zi char place.
but the place was quite crowded, so people were coming. youngest daughter managed to find street parking on the next street from casuarina road.
food though was quite poor. quite below the standards of the usual zi char places like –two chefskeng eng keekok senwhampoa keng fish head steamboat
butter prawns was poor. quite dry. maybe should have ordered cereal prawns instead. the breadcrumbs were the tasty bits so that said much about the prawns.
ok i guess. the sauce was quite tasty like any chilli crab, not spicy at all (i prefer spicy!)
crabs were good though, firm & meaty! ^^
this crab made me appreciate my friend alan’s homecooked crabs even more. his chilli crab sauce had more intense & lingering crustaceans flavours whereas this sauce was mostly sauce just some crab taste.
alan’s crabs themselves though were not as good, not so “solid”. it could be that the sauce flavours were more intense because he used a lot of crabs (6 crabs!).
anyway ban leong wah hoe’s chilli crab sauce was still nice, and great with the toasted “mantou” buns.
prawn past chicken or har jeon gai was tasty, nice flavours.
but the breading was not great, hard & crusty. actually our friend (my daughter’s guests for the evening) does a much better fried chicken, and so does my helper.
dou miao was mediocre, i think quite poor. i can do a better fried dish with more wok hae anytime.
the tofu dish was almost not edible, hopeless dish! chunky roasted pork (& a quite bad roast pork to boot!). not sure how to comment on this.
basically quite poor for zi char.
mee sua with quails eggs was supposed to be a singature dish??
it was ok, edible, but i won’t even say competent.
2 crabs were S$120. not cheap but i supposed ok. dinner for 7pax was S$222 or thereabout, so like S$32pax..
i guess sometimes it depends on whether we order the correct dishes. still, based on this quite poor experience, this is a place where i have no interest to try again.
We made a reservation for table at 7pm, arrived at 6:50pm and we still have to wait for an available table. It was a birthday dinner, a happy occasion. YET, it turned out to be an awful experience. We ordered a whole lot of dishes for celebration and basically, the dishes were being served with bad attitude by the servers by putting them on the table with a loud thud always. We were not bothered until we took the initiative to clear the empty plates on the table to convenience the servers to place the food when they come, we passed them the empty plates but they just turned and walked away like it was non of their business.
We ordered chilli crab, the crab was big and presentation was good. BUT the chilli crab did not taste as good as it was raved, it does not have the basic flavour the dish should have. The prawn paste chicken was over-fried making it tough to bite, kangkong over cooked, shark's fin more like egg starch soup with miserable amount of fins and pork ribs was tasteless except for the sauce. Of course, we ordered noodles, mee sua, the fish was good and so we just ate on. And here comes the nightmare, we ordered black pepper deer meat which was presented to us in a black square bowl (see picture). Yes, we ordered a regular portion as not everyone is having it. The deer meat was totally immersed in a huge amount of onions and black pepper sauce making the dish taste utterly bitter and there wasn't much deer meat in it. And so, we feedback to them and instead of getting a humble reply, all we got from them was 'cost of deer meat is expensive' 'we should have ordered beef because is cheaper' 'we could have ordered bigger portion' 'kitchen helper the one preparing the ingredients while the boss cooks' 'we should asked for ginger spring onion served on hotplate' 'what they are serving is restaurant standard and thus the expensive price of the dish'. Reading between the lines, they are simply saying that we could not afford this dish. We asked to see the boss so many times and he/she didn't bother to come to us. Oh come on, you dare say you are serving restaurant standard??? Mind you, I guess they haven't eaten at a restaurant! The least their servers or whoever the boss is should find out more and feedback to the kitchen and be humble on their reply. Yes, any one's luck will be finished. I strongly do not recommend this place for any occasion, poor ventilation, poor ambience. You will be getting lousy food and lousy service and paying "restaurant standard" price! Zi char stalls at neighbourhood are reasonably priced and food is much better!