Hello Kitty wanted to have some of the famous Sri Lankan crabs while we were in Singapore, as she's heard about people having black pepper crabs. The reality, though, is that the national dish is in fact chili crab, and I was thinking about a place which would make a good introduction to this dish. I wanted somewhere a little different from all the popular places frequented by tourists and locals alike.
She also wanted to have laksa, which got me thinking about Violet Oon. As it turns out, National Kitchen by Violet Oon has chili crab on the menu, and it would also give me a chance to have another bowl of that awesome dry laksa that I love so much. So I booked us a table for lunch, and went on a quick visit to the Peranakan Museum before walking over to the National Gallery for a bite.
Given that we were ordering a Sri Lankan crab, I kept to just 3 dishes. This turned out to be just the right amount for us.
In spite of this, these were absolutely delicious. The taste of shrimp broth stood out in the turnip shreds, and adding a little dab of sambal enhanced the overall flavor profile. The only issue with eating kuay pie tee, as Hello Kitty found out, is that it has to be done in one bite.
But I figured that since I came for a different take on the chili crab, I wasn't gonna back down. That would turn out to be the right (but painful) call.
I was pretty happy to have made it here, and enjoyed everything in spite of the price premium paid. The only slight disappointment came as some of the meat in the claws were kinda stuck to the shells, but otherwise it was a very satisfying lunch. Now we'd have to walk off some of the calories inside the National Gallery...