Saturday, April 24, 2010

Big Eater 大食家 @ Upper Changi Road

Singapore is a small island but definitely thronging with good food places, even at the far end of Upper Changi Road. My first visit to Big Eater was with HY, Ade and J. HY and I came back again last night to have a simple birthday dinner for mum at this restaurant.

Big Eater is a chain with several outlets and we came to the Upper Changi one as it's the only one I know how to drive to. The restaurant has air conditioned area and non air conditioned seatings. In addition, they provide valet service. For the cost conscious eater, there's no service charge in this restaurant.

Crispy Roll 腐皮卷
The crispy roll was deep fried to a nice crisp, enhanced by the '锅气' (fiery of the wok) of the wok.

Crystal Hor Fun 水晶河粉
This was one of the dish that we came back for and is one of the signature dish that I thought was really the signature of Big Eater. The hor fun came with generous amount of bean sprouts and a heap of fried minced garlic and chilli that was meant to be mixed up together.

I took a close up of the crystal hor fun which is the highlight of this dish. It was as tangy as the skin of the crystal buns 水晶包.

Crab with Salted Egg 咸香螃蟹
This dish is also one of Big Eater's signature. However, I found that the salted egg was not as intense as I would like it to be. Since I'm having crab with salted egg I would like to go all the way not to have the 'salted egg-iness' diluted by adding corn (Those yellow puree in the salted egg sauce looked and tasted like corn)

Fried Fish with Garlic and Chilli
We all liked the appetising sauce created by the condiments of garlic and sliced chilli. The tilapia was deep fried to absolute crisp that it was quite easy to dissect the fish to share.

I cut up the fish and messed it up, but still all of us enjoyed this dish.

We tried the Hokkien mee too but HY and I find it a disappointment. Please spare the dark sauce. There was simply too much of it in the Hokkien mee. Apart from the Hokkien mee, we did enjoy dining at the restaurant as it was not too crowded (due to their address) and the food was economically priced for the quality they served. We spend about S$140 for 4 people. Please take note that although the address spells that the restaurant is located at Jalan Pari Burong, its main entrance is actually along Upper Changi Road.

34 Jalan Pari Burong
(Upper Changi Road)

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