CNY ’13: Mellben Food Palace (East Coast) | NOW CLOSED

Everyone has definitely heard of Mellben and their signature Crab Bee Hoon. If it is not already one of the ‘Top 10 Must-Try Local Food in Singapore‘, then it probably will be, very soon. But while throngs of people flock to the Mellben Ang Mo Kio branch every evening and patiently wait for at least half an hour in the queue and another half an hour for their food without complaint, not many know the true beginnings and actual story behind the ‘Mellben’ name and how the business first started out.

Named after its two founders- Melvin and Benson, the very first Mellben eatery opened in Pasir Ris back in 1989 and has thrived under that brand name till today, with six outlets all over Singapore. Just last year in 2012, Melvin (pictured right), the only 1/2 of the Mellben name who is still in the food business, opened the newest Mellben branch at East Coast Park. Together with Kelvin (pictured left), his business partner, Mellben Food Palace was conceptualized and born.


Introducing Mellben Food Palace’s most popular item on the menu- Laksa Crab, which is available exclusively to this branch and created specially to suit the taste buds of Singaporeans who have an insatiable love for both laksa and crabs. This Laksa Crab dish is the perfect marriage of two of Singapore’s most loved local foods.

The crabs here are sold at market price, which is approximately $52/kg at the moment.


Served piping hot in a huge claypot, with the crab shell and pincers strategically poking out of that opaque red luscious gravy, the smell is all too consuming and draws you in almost immediately. Use your chopsticks and spoon to uncover all that thick rice vermicelli which has been cooking and soaking up all the lovely flavours from the rich and spicy coconut milk gravy. I loved how this Laksa Crab tasted so authentic and similar to the original Peranakan specialty with the addition of cockles and the gritty textures of the ground dried shimp. Definitely a MUST-TRY and simply a meal in itself. I will be very satisfied with just this pot.


And of course, another popular method of preparing crabs, which Mellben Food Palace executes so perfectly- Salted Egg Crab! The Salted Egg sauce was a huge hit with us. Creamy, buttery and of course salty, with hints of spiciness from the cut chillis, the sauce marinated every part of the crab thoroughly and beautifully. Did I mention that I love chewing on those crunchy fried curry leaves which are simply addictive?


The Black Pepper Crab too was another stand-out. That thick sticky black sauce with random bits of peppercorns was spicy, sweet and simply divine. Unlike the usual black pepper sauce which is usually dry, quite conversely however, it was the slight degree of wetness that made the crab well coated and allowed the meat in the shell to catch some of that pepperish goodness as well.


Mellben Food Palace also offers regular tze char dishes at extremely affordable prices of $8-15 for Vegetables, $12-20 for Meats and $20-25 for Prawns. I especially enjoyed this Mixed Fried Bean $10 which was simply a stir-fried combination of Bean Sprouts, French Beans and Dou Miao. Very clean and green eating.


And looking for a place to celebrate your reunion dinner with family and friends this year? Mellben Food Palace has a special Reunion Dinner Celebration Package Menu at $688 NETT for 8-10 persons. Check out the poster below for the dishes that will be offered for this deal. Reservations are a MUST and have to be done via telephone at 6742 1929 by the 5th of February 2013! There will be 2 dinner slots available: 5-7pm and 7.30-9.30pm so dont forget to state which slot you would prefer when making your reservation!

mellben CNY

But even if you have already made plans and reservations for Chinese New Year this year, a visit to Mellben Food Palace should definitely still be on the cards if you love crabs. All prices are nett and free parking is available right in front of the restaurant whole day at East Coast Park D3. So I guess there are no more excuses to make!

Thank you Kelvin for the invite and Melvin for the kind hospitality!


1110 East Coast Parkway
#01-07 Goldkist Beach Resort
Tel: 67421929

Opening hrs:
Monday-Sunday 3:00 pm – 1:00 am


6 Responses to CNY ’13: Mellben Food Palace (East Coast) | NOW CLOSED

  1. The laksa crab really looks good. Looking forward to try it.

  2. I am so going to try this. Is this available at its other branches like AMK and Toa Payoh, or I HAVE to go down to East Coast???

  3. Btw, Kelvin looks like the singer.

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