Some of you might have already heard of this restaurant which opened years ago.
However, this relatively new restaurant is opened by the nephew of Lai Huat Seafood Restaurant located at Horne Road. This is opened by chef/owner Patrick Lim and is located at Siglap. After years of apprenticeship from his grandfather and a burning desire and passion to pass down his grandfather's signature dishes, this latest Lai Huat establishment was opened.
"Lai Huat" was founded in 1951 by Mr Patrick Lim's grandfather who created the original sambal recipe topped over crispy pomfret.
This signature dish is worth a try if you haven't tried it before and it is often unforgettable for most and one would usually be coming back for more again and again. The special thing about this is that the pomfret fish is double fried skillfully so as to attain the ultimate crispiness. It is extremely crispy that upon first bite, it feels almost like biting a piece of keropok. Flesh is surprisingly tender too. What surprised us even more is that though it has gone through a considerable long frying duration, the whole dish wasn't very oily which made it even more appetizing.
Another key aspect is the generous amount of sambal that tops the fish. Sambal is sooooo tasty and specially concocted with so many ingredients to give it that extreme fragrance that you can even eat it on its own. Even the bones of the fish can be eaten. This was definitely the highlight of the meal and almost every table has one of this.
Their Fish maw with crab meat soup $16(S), $25(M), $35(L) is also worth a try. Filled with lots of fish maw, mushrooms, crab meat and made without artificial seasonings. Not too starchy nor diluted, very satisfying. Price is very reasonable too.
Salted Egg Prawns ($20 onwards). Lai Huat's version of this is very impressive and this is also one of their signature dishes. Prawns were big and succulent and evenly coated with salted egg mix, so good that I ate up all the shells too.
Be sure to make a reservation before visiting as they can get very crowded sometimes.
Yet another good find in the east of Singapore.
Thank you Patrick for your hospitality and the awesome food, we will definitely be back :)