|Jumbo's award-winning crab.|
We had Sunday lunch at Jumbo Seafood Restaurant so that I could tick chili crab off my list. Our order-taker was a skinny Chinese girl.
Me: We want an order of chili crab, please.
Order-taker: How many?
Me: Oh, just one.
Order-taker: One kilo, izzit?
Me: No, no. Do you have anything smaller? I'm the only one eating it, you see.
Order-taker (looks at me seriously): I can finish one kilo by myself.
I didn't know what to say to that, so I just meekly ordered one kilo of chili crab, all for myself.
|Ayayay, the mantou bread. Fried bread is always nice.|
Let me just say, it's such a joy to eat with this group of people. We go wherever I want to go, I can pig out on whatever I like, and they'll order stuff and share with me, even though I don't share with them. Lavet!
Here's the other stuff on our table:
|Fried cereal prawns. No Signboard's was much better.|
|Ooh, pork belly. Drool-worthy, but not as ethereal as Hong Kong's.|
|More pork. This rib was tender, juicy and very tasty.|
|Kangkong is everyone's default veggie... Great texture, but could use more flavor.|
Jumbo has quite a few branches, but we ended up at the one near the river. It was so peaceful, no crowds at all, great weather-- feeling Sunday na Sunday.
|The first thing we noticed was the colorful building across the way.|
Typical of any Chinese seafood restaurant, they have a display of live critters.
|So organised and obsessive-compulsive!|
Verdict: Jumbo's chili crab was very good and it's probably better than any version we have in Manila, but I liked No Signboard's sauce better. Jumbo's had more heat, while No Signboard's had more layers of flavor. I wonder how the hawker joints' chili crabs compare to these two? And what about the equally famous black pepper crab? So much food, so little time.
|Should try the fried prawns with salted eggs next time. Sounds perfectly evil.|