Whenever visitors come through Singapore, we can't let them go without many authentic local meals. The friends found a common date and rounded everyone up for a zi char dinner at Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood (萬隆華和海鮮餐館), an apparently established and popular group makan venue that neither the man or I have heard of, much less visited. We were as clueless as our out-of-town-from-the-other-side-of-the-world friends.
We turned up at 9.15pm to a fully-packed eatery. Luckily we had reservations and the first round of diners were leaving and it was a short wait for a clean table. I love seafood, but am always wary on the matter of histamines. No prawns or fish tonight. We were a party of 10 and decided not to overdo it on the dishes. Stuck to clams, oyster omelette, some meats and plenty of vegetables and tofu. The food on our table was as fantastic as what everyone said. Our visitors were pretty used to Asian food and by stereotypical American standards, had rather adventurous tastebuds. When they said they "eat anything and everything", they meant it. Mexican peppers trained them well- they loved our type of spices and lapped up all the sambal kangkong and whatnots.
Of course there must be crabs. We couldn't let visitors go away without at least tasting those huge Sri Lankan crabs. Ordered crabs done in two styles- chilli and pepper. Gigantic crabs with plenty of roe-thingies. You know it's a good meal when all of us got down to using fingers and three of us accidentally flung gravy into our own eyes. Heh. Chalked up S$320 for 12 dishes in two hours. Best.
Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood (萬隆華和海鮮餐館)
122 Casuarina Road Singapore 579510 (no air-conditioning)
T: +65 6452 2824 (Reservations necessary)