Long Jiang Chinos – New Seafood Hotpot with Live Seafood!
The land at the former Bottle Tree Park in Yishun is still very much a rustic leisure sanctuary with a fishing pond, trampoline park and a few eateries, including Long Jiang Chinos. Overlooking the scenic lake, the Chinese restaurant offers a wide range of delectable seafood dishes, using only the freshest seafood available.
Since it is famous for seafood, we definitely got to try a few of the dishes! The Sri Lankan crabs here (seasonal price) were commendable – they were firm, fresh and juicy. There are 5 different ways of preparation for you to choose from – signature chilli crab sace, black pepper, rice noodles in claypot, steamed with egg white and Chinese wine, and stir fried with ginger and spring onion.
For us, we ordered the chilli crab. The gravy was generous and towards the sweet side. It could have been better if it was spicier. But well, because it’s not too spicy, my friends had a great time polishing off the gravy with mantou.
The highlight for me was the Seafood Hotpot ($128) which comes with fresh soon hock, live prawns, clams and squid in a sweet and tasty superior broth. This was really outstanding because the simmering pot of stock that was flavourful with a subtle hint of seafood goodness. So good to eat it with your friends or family!
They have launched other new dishes too, including the Teochew Crab & Prawn Porridge ($44.80), Cheesy Crab Bee Hoon with Crab Roe ($44.80), Dry Fried Prawns with Chef’s Signature Sauce ($6.50/100g) and Steamed Bamboo Clams with French Black Garlic Sauce ($12/pc, minimum 2). I thought the bee hoon was pretty good as the creamy broth was rich and sweet. The bee hoon retained its chewy bite yet it soaks the gravy well, leaving you wanting more. If drinks are more of your thing, head to their bar area Hops & Belly to unwind after a hectic day of work.
Disclaimer: This was an invited tasting.