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On recommendation by Ming, our pre-Halloween dinner ended up at a very wholesome crab restaurant at a housing block corner of Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 - Mellben Seafood. Ming commented about the popularity of the place and their specialty dish - Claypot Crab Bee Hoon. It was pouring buckets and we were hoping that the usual long queue will not be present. But despite the humongous downpour we still needed to join a line and waited about an hour before dinner was served.

Fortunately, the dishes did not disappoint. Unfortunately, they ran out of large crabs, so we had to substitute for 2 smaller crabs per crab dish. Wasn't quite the same. What I also didn't like was that prices for the dishes are not labeled on the menu. I can understand that crabs go by the daily market price, but other standard dishes have a... standard price...

Mellben Crab Dinner at AMK 31102009
The reason for the wait - Claypot Crab Bee Hoon. Strong flavored stock with added milk. Overall taste was robust and enjoyable with good texture of the Chor (thick) bee hoon

Mellben Crab Dinner at AMK 31102009
The stock was so good we order an extra serving of soup (S$3) and bee hoon (another S$3) foregoing rice. But wait... Ming had a bowl rice! Gosh he ate a lot!

Mellben Crab Dinner at AMK 31102009
The Chili Crab proved itself no less inferior than the more popular Claypot Crab Bee Hoon counterpart. The thick chili gravy could be more spicy for me. Very decent in taste even when compared to Jumbo Seafood

Mellben Crab Dinner at AMK 31102009
Ming holding up a piece of the Century Egg Pork Rib

Mellben Crab Dinner at AMK 31102009
We had so much for dinner; Claypot Crab Bee Hoon with extra soup & bee hoon, Chilli Crab, Century Egg Pork Ribs, Claypot Bean Curb, Kai Lan with Mushrooms... but we cleared the plates!

Mellben Crab Dinner at AMK 31102009
Nothing left but crab shells. Prove that we had done exceedingly well

Reviews commented that the Butter Crab is also a must try item. The place is recently renovated with interesting crab shells and claws as decoration. Nicer ambiance with a heftier bill for the customers.

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