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Hua Yu Wee (华友园)

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Great unpretentious place that does great food in a timely manner in a very relaxed atmosphere. Located at East Coast Road, Hua Yu Wee serves Chinese food and seaood.

Daily: 17:00 - 23:30

+65 64429313
$37 based on 41 submissions
Children/Family (9 votes), Dinner (9 votes), Large Groups/Gathering (8 votes)
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Very good crab!!!

We heard that it gets crowded in the evening and parking was difficult so we arrived at 5:30pm to avoid the rush. We ordered both the chili and pepper crab and we were not disappointed. Their specialty was obviously the black pepper crab. The thick savory sauce will make any mouth water! The chili crab had the right amount of kick to make the experience memorable. The presentation was beautiful wowing our foreign guests. We also ordered the yuan chow fried rice, sweet and sour pork, garlic spinach, fried chicken and lastly the deep fried squid. All but one were average fare. We order deep fried squid at restaurants when we can, after getting hooked the first time we tried it but I have to say that the deep fried squid we had here is one of the better ones we had. It was correctly done, not burnt or overcooked and the sauce/paste had a tangy sweet taste. Other reviews remarked on the low quality of service but I have to disagree. The staff was courteous and very attentive. I give them 4 stars (only because the place was packed and they had other customers)!

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• 09 May 2015 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

Very good crab!!!

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We heard that it gets crowded in the evening and parking was difficult so we arrived at 5:30pm to avoid the rush. We ordered both the chili and pepper crab and we were not disappointed. Their specialty was obviously the black pepper crab. The thick savory sauce will make any mouth water! The chili crab had the right amount of kick to make the experience memorable. The presentation was beautiful wowing our foreign guests. We also ordered the yuan chow fried rice, sweet and sour pork, garlic spinach, fried chicken and lastly the deep fried squid. All but one were average fare. We order deep fried squid at restaurants when we can, after getting hooked the first time we tried it but I have to say that the deep fried squid we had here is one of the better ones we had. It was correctly done, not burnt or overcooked and the sauce/paste had a tangy sweet taste. Other reviews remarked on the low quality of service but I have to disagree. The staff was courteous and very attentive. I give them 4 stars (only because the place was packed and they had other customers)!
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• 07 Sep 2014 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

Great value local fare, but don't come here for the service!

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Fantastically valued local food. A true hidden gem for Chili Crab. A breath of fresh air compared to more generic commercialized establishments like Jumbo and Long Beach. Best of all, its BYO! Do NOT expect any service here, though. Expect to be fetching your own menus, water, and constant hunting down of wait staff to check up on your order. But if you brace yourself for the battle you will be rewarded with fantastic food! 
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• 15 Aug 2014 • 578 reviews • 20 followers

A pale shadow of its former glory

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To see photos and the full review, please go to http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2014/06/hua-yu-wee.html

The passing years have been kind to Hua Yu Wee, evidenced by the restaurant bursting at the seams with multi-generational family types on a weekend night. Even if the quality of their food has, by and large, deteriorated over the years. With inconsistent and middling fare, I found that only their black pepper crabs were truly worth the drive out to the far east. 

We had:

1) Black Pepper Crab ($57.60 for 1.2kg): only highlight of dinner, robust with an overt peppery heat that was cut with lashings of caramelized onions. This sweetened peppery accents, I found to be unique, as most other black pepper crab renditions taste of a buttery peppery heat. The sweet onions were a wonderful complement to the luscious flesh of the gargantuan crustacean. 

2) Steamed Marble Goby ($48 for 800gm) done Hongkong-style: fresh but unevenly cooked. For the most part, it was steamed well, but there were some parts that were unforgiveably overcooked.

3) Sotong You Tiao ($8): a bit fishy but somewhat saved by the tangy spiced rojak dip.  

4) Sweet & Sour Pork ($10): lacking in a toothsome crunch. 

5) Garlic Stir-Fried Dou Miao ($10): while lacking in a smoky fragrance, was uniquely laced with salted fish.  

6) Eefu Noodles ($8): lacking in both flavour and finesse. This was just soaked in soy and oyster sauce without the depth of good stock
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