From the selection of menus available @ Hua Ting, I’d selected their Promotion Set Menu @ S$78 per pax, adding an order of Hairy Crab @ S$78 (250g).
The starter was a combination of Deep-fried Mashed Yam & Scallops. The delicious yam was stuffed with crabmeat & coated with almond flakes, which brought a twist to the usual deep-fried yam usually found at Tim-sum restaurants. The scallop, stuffed with prawn paste was perfect especially when coated with the salted egg yolk.
The Braised Shark’s Fin was very normal. In fact, I could hardly find the fins but instead, lots of crabmeat & shreds of chicken.
2 slices of Abalone on the plate? Don’t even think about it! This course was Sea Cucumber paired with a slice of Abalone & Seasonal Greens. You're seeing 2 slices cause it was a Birthday treat & my friend Elle, gave me hers. Lucky me! I’d certainly enjoyed this dish as I’d a double-take. LOL!
I found the Dice Beef a little tough but I like the way they stewed it with my fave golden mushrooms & garlic.
Hua Ting is famous for their stewed Vermicelli. It’s a must-have for diners at this restaurant. The beehoon with shredded pork & preserved cabbage is out of this world. You can tell the Chef had spent a lot of effort stewing this beehoon. It was really delicious & was the highlight of the evening.
Finally, the additional order arrived. Both of us were disappointed at the size, definitely smaller than the 250g as stated. Upon opening the shell, there was less than ½ tsp of roe found. Friends who have been following this blog on my Hairy Crab adventures like 1-For-1 At Li Bai, Sheraton Towers would know that I only go for the roe & discard the meat. OMG! S$78 for a pinch of roe??
We called the waitress & she referred to the Manager, who then went to the Chef. We’d waited for more than 15 mins before they reverted – with lousy answers, like we’ve never eaten Hairy Crabs before. They argued that it was indeed 250g but the crab shrunk after steaming & about the roe, they only have male crabs. Elle was especially upset as she'd specially requested them to pick some crabs with nice roe for me during reservation.
Their couldn’t care less attitude was totally unacceptable & I dislike their high-handed manner. Sometimes, you tend to get this kind of problem when the place is too popular & busy. They just slap you with their lame explanation & put a period. Anyway, we lost the battle as we didn’t want to make a scene & paid the S$78 for each crab!
Thankfully, my anger eased with the arrival of the dessert. Somehow, my anger doesn’t last. Is it a good or bad thing?? I really don’t know. Besides, I tried to cool things down since this treat was a nice gesture from Elle.
Well, the Mango Puree was just right – not too sweet, not too bland. It had an interesting mix of sago, pomelo & herbal jelly. I like it!
How would you react if you were Elle or in my position? Would you keep quiet or “fight” till you win? Check out It's The Hairy Crab Season to read more about this species of crab!