uncle leong’s seafood, ang mo kio
One of the many mini mountains of crab shells left over from our bingefest tonight.
CrazyVinny (you’ll recall the one that goes left when we always go right) invited me, Steph, and Jay to join him, Rachel and his friend, Anand, at Uncle Leong’s Seafood. Uncle Leong’s is inside the vast Ang Mo Kio (AMK) estate in the northern part of the island (and I mean NORTH – check out the map to see how far this is from my usual haunts). The AMK HDB area is HUGE. Like, impressively gigantic but somehow still neighborhoody. I like to call it the ‘burbs. If you visit, I recommend taking the MRT to Ang Mo Kio and then taking a taxi to the restaurant. We taxied from Tangong Pagar and the trip cost almost SGD20.
Per the blogosphere there’s another well known seafood place in AMK called Melben which is apparently owned by Uncle Leong’s brother (and is just across the way). CrazyVinny’s friend Anand used to produce a food show on TV and he says Uncle’s is better. I’ve never tried Melben before but after our meal tonight, Uncle Leong’s is gonna be hard to beat.
We started with fried tofu which came with a sweet lemon sauce. Very nice appetizer. Heavy sticks of firm tofu mixed with a few veggies. I kinda want to say that there might have been like a fish paste mixed in too but I’m not too sure.
Don’t you want to lick your screen right now? Pork ribs in a sauce made with Guinness. Sweet and saucy and tender. You can actually smell and taste the stout flavor on these.
Jay is rice monster so we ordered salted fish rice to accompany the meal. As always with a crab dinner rice is questionable since it takes up some of the limited space in the tummy. This was still solid though. Nothing to write home about necessarily but still good and nicely devoid of the stinky fish flavor that you sometimes get from this dish. Fish flavor = good. Stinky fish flavor = not good.
Cereal prawns. These I loved. They were about a gillion times tastier than the ones we had at Jumbo. Mashed up crunchy cereal with pan fried butterflied shrimp. The cereal was not too sweet and is a good match with the chewy shrimp. I saw Rachel sneak in a few spoonfuls of just the cereal even.
We ordered two veggie dishes – one spicy and one not. The spicy one was the all too familar kangkong sambal (not pictured since you’ve seen it a million times). Their version was super spicy either that or we’re really weaksauce. They don’t have grades of spicy either. It’s either spicy or not. The non spicy dish was really interesting (pictured above). Like several familiar dishes put together. You have an egg drop soup base amped up with regular egg, salted egg (yum), and century egg plus a big ol’ handful of Chinese spinach. The result is thick and soupy with a tangle of vegetables and little surprises of the grainy salty egg and the gelatinous century egg.
The best black pepper crab I’ve had so far. Big giant fatty crab smothered in black pepper paste. Just enough heat to make your lips tingle and a slow burn start in the back of your mouth.
I saved the best for last. Why chili crab gets all the love in Singapore I will never know. Black pepper crab is by far tastier and now I have a new favorite. Butter crab. This needs way more love. I don’t think I had even heard of it before tonight. Maybe changing the name would help. Maybe it sould be called butter curry crab or something more exotic.
The sauce is creamy and thick with a few spices and itty bitty curry leaves that give little bursts of flavor when you bite into them. I started dipping everything into the sauce – the mantou (the fried doughy things in the back there), the cereal prawns, the black pepper crab. Pretty much everything is better with butter crab sauce on it. I also like the little parsley hat the crab is wearing. 😀
The entire meal cost SGD310 – about SGD50 each. Pretty average for a crab dinner but when you factor in all of the extra dishes, the drinks (4 big bottles of beer, lots o’ lime juice), and the 80 wet towelettes we used it was very reasonably priced.
Get here early. The queue starts getting long after 7pm.
Uncle Leong’s Seafood: Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Block 233