21 Seafood – Crab cravings, high savings!

After watching a bunch of Bear Grylls videos eating seafood, I had a very strong craving for seafood, especially crabs.

We were deciding between Crab Party (which had quite decent reviews, but pretty expensive), and 21 Seafood in Kovan (decent reviews, but very cheap).

We went with the economical option in the end, bought over by the offer of 3 crabs for $20!

21 Seafood [212 Hougang Street 21, Singapore 530212]

3 crabs for $22, 3 crabs for $23 or 3 crabs for $25.
The signs were clear. 3 crabs for $22, 3 crabs for $23 or 3 crabs for $25. You could literally see the chefs cooking your dishes inside with big fire and lots of wok action!

Kai Lan with Oyster Sauce
The first dish that arrived. Kai Lan fried with oyster sauce. I would have preferred more garlic, but the Kai Lan was crunchy and sweet, just the right texture I liked!

Creamy Butter Crabs
The star dish of the day! 3 Creamy Butter Crabs. A few initial thoughts:

1. I thought it was going to be butter overdose. However I discovered to my pleasant surprise that the savoury juices of the crabs combined with the milky butter goodness to create a sweet umami sauce that makes you want to eat more.

2. We eventually purchased buns to go along with the very nice gravy. The buns were sweet, and added another dimension to the taste!

3. The crabs were bigger than expected! We thought it was going to be really small baby crabs, but the crabs we had were quite substantial. You could really taste the firm flesh off the shells.

The Final Bill
The final bill turns out to be $50. This was what we ordered:

  1. 3 x creamy butter crabs
  2. Oyster Sauce Kai Lan
  3. Marmite Pork Ribs (nice, but we over ordered)
  4. 2 x white rice
  5. 1 x Barley drink
  6. 6 buns

The bill would have been $38 if we hadn’t ordered the marmite pork ribs. We were pretty much stuffed after that. A good place to come to satisfy your crab cravings at a low price!

21 Seafood [212 Hougang Street 21, Singapore 530212]


2 thoughts on “21 Seafood – Crab cravings, high savings!

  1. This joint should be avoided.

    It always disappoints me when an ole joint loses it’s charm. When we were dating, the crabs here were 3 for $15. They might be tiny, but for 2 of us, it was sufficient.

    Today, we returned for old time’s sake. Now, 3 crabs go for $25, which is still fine. While the service was acceptable, today 21 seafood is just pure bad service + dishonesty.

    1. So when we were seated, we were told the 3 for 25 were sold out, so we ordered 2 for $40.

    2. 1hr later, food has not arrived. We asked 3 aunties and one aunty tell us ‘ how i know, u go ask the boss’. When we asked the 4th person ( who is the boss), he said ‘it’s coming’. I suspect when he finally checked, he realised our order was not acknowledged Then his wife came over to tell us the $40 crabs are sold out, and we need to either pay $50 or cancel the order, in a not so nice manner. When i expressed my unhappiness, she changed her attitude n apologised. Still, i don’t see why i need to pay for THEIR mistake.

    3. Meanwhile, another table who was waiting for 45 min, was enquiring about their crabs order, only to be told in a rude manner by the chinese server that ‘crabs are all sold out’. No apologies etc. Needless to say, the father was pissed, he confronted the boss n stormed off without paying.

    4. By then, we have waited 1.5hr. And hubby was getting pissed. The crabs finally came, but guess what, 2 crabs= 4 pincers right? 2 pincers were missing. When we asked the boss, he claims that because the crabs fight, no gurantee that each crab will have 2 pincers, which is total bullshit. And then, another table also raised their hands to enquire about missing pincers in their chilli crab dish. Since, we only realised this halfway through eating, we decided to let it go. By then, we just want to leave the place.

    I think such bad service and dishonesty practices should not be encouraged. I rarely post entries but i felt so dissatisfied that i am compelled to post this. The aim is make sure people are not lured by the prices, and to know things to look out for if they were to come here. We have also given verbal feedback. I hope the shop can improve their service and regain their integrity.


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