fantastic seafood and cze char cooking at this coffeeshop in jurong. I’ve now been to their other branch in the toa payoh area, and I remain impressed – fresh seafood, quick cooking, tasty dishes and a family-friendly atmosphere.
really an exemplar of good local eating.
long after the years in which all we knew about mid-to-upper seafood dining in singapore was all jumbo, red house and long beach (all institutions in their own rights, but which have catered more to a touristy clientele in recent years), there are now places like big eater and uncle leong – which see more local family gatherings and provide great eating in the heartlands.
sometimes I feel I overlook the simplicity of our heartlander eateries like this one, which dish up homely (both in look and flavor) cze char dishes more quickly and cheaply than the more-lauded restaurants can do.
dishes like silky abalone mushrooms served over tender spinach stems in a gravy with just the right touch of cornflour-thickening, or deep-fried prawns tossed in a golden salted-yolk paste and served in an edible pastry shell.
but of course we come to places like this for the way they (know how to) treat seafood – steaming fresh crustaceans to a bright orange sweetness, or slathering them in a sauce redolent with softly-cooked eggs and the barest hint of chilli.
get the buns too, which are on the small side and make great receptacles for the sauce.
it’s certainly much cheaper to eat seafood here than it would be at classier restaurants, and it’s certainly less messy here than to eat it at home.
and what that leaves you is money to order more dishes for the family, and no stress about cleaning up – which is plenty good for making conversation (for god’s sake, put that phone down).
Uncle Leong Seafood
262 Jurong East Street 24
tel +656897 2881
$$.5: 30-40 per person (depending very much on your order)