Fans of Ah Hoi's Kitchen will be rejoiced as Sou Chef Lam Loon Tuck and his culinary team at Traders Hotel Ah Hoi's Kitchen have added 12 new Sri Lankan crabs dishes using different ingredients and cooking methods. The promotional crab menus, each featuring four new crab dishes will be rotated every three weeks. The different cooking styles of crabs will cater to a wide range of palates and age groups.
Crab Beehoon 3.8/5
We were given a glimpse to some of the new crab creations at Ah Hoi's Kitchen starting with the Crab Beehoon. Crab Beehoon is usually the wet version where the essence is being soaked up by the beehoon. The crab beehoon here is the dry version where it is wok fried with crab, sun dried shrimps and Tianjin cabbage in a superior stock. The result is a plate of fragrant wok hei beehoon with stir fried crab. While this is a good dish, I could not taste the crab essence in the beehoon.
Salted Egg Crab 4.2/5
The Salted Egg Crab is definitely a winner for me and it is also gaining popularity with the local palate. Cooked in a salted egg yolk sauce with chilli padi, curry leave and kaffir lime to further lift the flavour. The beautiful play of flavours complemented the sweetness of the crab meat. An excellent execution.
Prickly Piquant Crab 4/5
For those that is looking for a more spicy kick of the crustacean, you can take the challenge in the Prickly Piquant Crab. The crab is wok fried with sichuan pepper, pickled garlic and citrus salt kicking up a numbness on top of the sweetness from the crab meat. One word, shiok!
Steamed Crab 4.5/5
Among the four crab dishes I tried, the Steamed Crab is my favourite. Steamed to perfection with old ginger and Hua Diao Jiu, it allows the natural sweetness of the crab to shine.
Grilled Platter of Seafood and Meat 4.2/5
Beside the new crab dishes, Ah Hoi's Kitchen offers many other local dishes in the menu. In the evening, there is even a barbecued section where guests can savour the different barbecued seafood and meats that is accompanied with Asian dips such as sambal chilli, chinchalok with calamansi and honey mustard.
Mango Puree with Sago and Pomelo 4/5
Wrapped up the dinner on a sweet note with a selection of delicious Asian desserts at Ah Hoi's Kitchen such as Chendol, Snow Fungus with Lotus Seed & Gingko Nut, Goreng Pisang with Ice Cream, Mango Pudding, Ice Jelly with Fruit Cocktail etc.
I applauded the 12 new crab dishes creation at Ah Hoi's Kitchen. Unfortunately I only got to try 4 of them. The other crab dishes I did not get to try are Crab Congee, Crab Noodle, Mumtaz Crab, Udang Geragau Crab, Crab Almondine, Crab Tau Cheo, Crab in Coconut Juice and Crab Kaffir Lime. I understand that the hotel has changed a new crab supplier and the quality definitely stood out in all the crab dishes I tried. The crab menus are priced accordingly to weight. For crabs weighting up to one kilogram, they are priced at $7.20 per 100 grams while more than one kilo are priced at $9,20 per 100 grams.
Ah Hoi's Kitchen
1A Cuscaden Road
Tel: +65 68314373
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)
Daily: 12pm - 230pm, 630pm - 1030pm
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop along Orchard Boulevard, opposite Orchard Parksuites (Stop ID B09022). Take bus number 7, 77, 106, 111, 123 or 174. Alight 3 stops later. Cross the overhead bridge. Walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit E. Walk towards Wheelock Place via ION. Exit Wheelock Place and turn left towards Liat Tower. Continue onwards to Forum Shopping Mall. Walk further down to Orchard Parade Hotel. Turn left onto Tanglin Road. Continue walking down to the end of Tanglin Road to Tanglin Mall. Turn left on Tanglin Mall onto Grange Road and walk to destination. Journey time about 23 minutes. [Map]