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Friday, June 03, 2005

Crab dinner at Ang Mo Kio

I've just returned from a dinner with a few colleagues from the northern region of Ang Mo Kio. When anyone in the office mentions going to AMK for dinner, there is only one place that comes to mind: Mellben Restaurant. Apparently, it serves some of the best crab dishes in Singapore.

I don't know about that claim. I never really cared whether food tasted the best or not, as long as it was edible and tasted sufficiently yummy.

After work, the five of us proceeded to join the husband of one of us. Ah, nuts, it's difficult to blog about nameless people, so for the sake of simplicity -- and so that their names show up on Google, Yahoo and other search engines *evil laughter* -- the colleagues are: Fong Sok Ee, Bernard Yun, Rick Koh Hwan Lim, May Wong, and her husband, Captain Ho Pek Zhong (Armour!).

From the western region of Boon Lay/Jurong West, we travelled to Ang Mo Kio in about half an hour (which probably explains the speed that we were going at). As expected, the restaurant was packed, but May had made a reservation, so we got our table promptly. May and Pek Zhong did most of the ordering, with some input from Bernard.

The dishes:
  • fried fish stuffed with tau fu (or is it the other way around?)
  • Thai-style chicken
  • sambal kangkong
  • tau kee with almond
  • black pepper crab, and
  • crab in bee hoon soup.
The total bill? Around $108. Not bad for a group of six, I think.

And then, it was home sweet home. Kinda early, but we hadn't planned to go anywhere else anyway.

If a picture paints a thousand words, then here are 18,000 words.

Self-portrait
Self-portrait in the car
Mellben Restaurant
Mellben Restaurant
Pek Zhong and May
Pek Zhong and May


Rick and Sok Ee
Rick and Sok Ee
Bernard
Bernard
Appetizers (taken at an angle)
Appetizers
(taken at an angle)


Appetizers
Appetizers
Black pepper crab in centre
Black pepper crab
in centre
May
May


Black pepper crab in centre
Black pepper crab
in centre
Sok Ee
Sok Ee
Sok Ee (smiling about something)
Sok Ee
(smiling about something)


May
May
Crab in bee hoon soup
Crab in bee hoon soup
Crab in bee hoon soup
Crab in bee hoon soup


Rick and Sok Ee
Rick and Sok Ee
May and Rick
May and Rick
Aftermath
Aftermath


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