No, you have not read it wrongly – it is really Jumbo in Shanghai. I was in Shanghai for too long and was craving for chilli crab.
Jumbo Seafood is the baby on the (seafood) block along East Coast Road. They only opened shop when the seafood restaurants along East Coast Road moved to the Seafood Centre along ECP. But since then, they have grown from strength to strength, and their food empire included Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh, Chui Huay Lim Teochew Restaurant, among others. Not they have expanded overseas, including many branches in Shanghai.
Tonight we ordered some dishes that we would always order when we are in Singapore.
Boiled herbal prawns – a really simple dish where live prawns are boiled in a soup stock made from Huadiao wine, angelica sinesis and wolfberries. Warm and nice, but I find there’s not enough angelica sinesis.
Sambal Kangkong – kangkong vegetables stir-fried with sambal balachan chilli. Yummy and the same as you would get from home.
Seafood Mee Goreng – a Malay fried noodles adopted by Chinese chef, it was sweeter and less spicy than the Malay version. I was so happy to see this here in Shanghai.
The piece de resistance for the evening was the live jumbo mud crab. This wasn’t the Sri Lankan version, but modern aquaculture meant that the Chinese can cultivate just as large.
And how else would you serve it then Singapore-style Chilli Crab with deep fried Mantou. Something was missing from this version, I could not really place it. But somehow it did not taste like the ones from home. Nevertheless we finished everything because we really missed chilli crab.
All in all, the food was OK, especially if you were homesick. The service was fantastic. Our orders were all ala carte, but there were good set menus that were really value for money if you want to try other seafood. We were quite exact it what we wanted.
Jumbo Seafood Restaurant (L’Avenue Mall Shanghai)
99 Xian Xia Road, L’Avenue Mall LG1-LG101, Changning District, Shanghai 200051
Tel : +86 21 6218 3035
Date Visited : Jul 2021