3The Hungry Bunny •
18 Aug 2014
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For a cze char joint (where service usually ranges from the indifferent to the surly), service was surprisingly pleasant. The lady proprietor was smiley, chatty and accommodating, an uncommon trait of eateries of the like. Food-wise, JB Ah Meng
passed muster, but it was unmemorable. There are famed cze char joints in the vicinity like No Signboard Seafood, or Penang Seafood Restaurant that'll take first charge over the discerning tastebud. Looking back, I think, the main drawback of this humble eatery is the lack of a segregated dining area or restaurant space. Patrons were seated at tables strewn along the common five-foot-way and the heavy public foot traffic made for quite a disruptive meal.
1) Deep Fried Fish Skin
($12): paper-thin, a little soggy sometimes, but quite addictive
2) 3 Delicacy Beancurd
($12) - loaded with enoki and black mushrooms, pork mince and cuttlefish: the umami gravy was pretty good
3) Salted Egg Prawn Ball
($20): loved the sweet corn kernels that dotted the bouncy prawns.
4) White Pepper Crabs
(3 for $40): fairly decent, albeit small. Which made picking at it a highly unproductive venture. But the dismal size was (almost) compensated by its freshness and the sweetish, garlicky and subtly peppery sauce. I daresay the sauce is on par with No Signboard Seafood's exceptional rendition.
5) The innocuous-looking JB San Lou Meehoon
($7), a flattened pancake-esque mess of rice vermicelli, was imbued with a smoky char and rich seafood-based stock. Laced with egg scramble, diced prawns and cuttlefish, and a layer of greasy stir-fried greens under the pile, this was pretty darn good.If there was one thing I'll be back to JB Ah Meng for, this'd be it