Master Crab Seafood Restaurant @ Ghim Moh
Claiming to be ‘The Crab Specialist’ as evident from their huge signboard at the coffee shop, Master Crab has earned a reputation of serving up one of the best Salted Egg Yolk Crabs in the country. It is easy to conclude that Master Crab Seafood Restaurant is a favourite among the heartlanders, judging by the dozens who flock to Ghim Moh every evening for Cze Char.
The atmosphere here is boisterous, noisy and lively, just like any other regular crowded coffee shop. What’s noticeably different however from other regular coffee shops, is that every table has at least a huge crab as the center piece with everyone around the table, holding a part of the crab and eating with their gravy-stained fingers with satisfied and contented smiles on their face, truly bringing out the meaning of ‘finger-lickin’ good’.
We came here on a Monday night at about 6pm and quite many tables were already filled with people feasting on their crabs. Crabs here sell for $48/kg for regular sizes or $55/kg for the bigger ones. The trick however is that the minimal order for the regular sized ones were 2 and if you wanted only 1 crab, you had to get the $55/kg. Unless, as the lady who took our order suggested, since we were ordering crabs in two different styles, we could have 3 regular sized crabs and they would split 1 1/2 each for each style of cooking.
The first order that arrived was the Hot Plate Beancurd $9. A usual order for most cze char meals, this tofu dish with prawns smelled really good when it first appeared though we all thought that the colour looked a bit fake and artificial. Nothing to complain about but also nothing much to rave about this one.
The Special Fried Rice $12 was indeed quite special. Very tasty and not too oily, I loved how this fried rice had many egg omelette shreds and fish pieces. The rice grains were fluffy and great drenched with the salted egg yolk sauce.
And of course, not forgetting the star of the evening…
The Salted Egg Yolk Crab!
Where do I begin?
Visually appealing and tempting? Check. Buttery and thick consistency with the right amount of saltiness? Check. Used my spoon to scoop a whole spoonful of buttery and sinful goodness into my mouth? Check. Had my cholesterol levels shoot sky high? Double Check. And if I was not being blatant enough, this was really good.
The Chilli Crab was also not too bad. The gravy was spicy enough and the chef was very generous with his egg omelette bits. Definitely one to be dipped with mantou (buns) or poured over rice. We were also lucky to get two female crabs with preserved roe/eggs on the underside of the carapace. Super shiok! And super unhealthy too!
Overall, the bill came up to $143.20 between four of us so that meant that our crab was about 1+ kg each. It was definitely more than enough for all of us and we left very satisfied customers. I might actually be tempted to make another trip down to try their other signature dish- the Crab Bee Hoon! Let me know if you do and whether it is as good as their Salted Egg Yolk Crab.
Ghim Moh Road
5pm – 10.30pm