Hua Yu Wee is a restaurant along Upper East Coast Road. Nestled between an
apartment and terrace houses, you would notice this old-school facade. It is
housed in a Single Story colonial house that will bring you back to the early
years when East Coast Road was a beachfront estate before the reclamation.
Hua Yu Wee has a history dating back to the 1950s. An award-winning
restaurant, it provides familiar Singapore ‘zi char’ style dishes and seafood
on the menu. While the seafront Seafood Restaurants are often packed with
tourists, the locals make up most of the clientele. It is no doubt that Hua Yu
Yee is a local secret.
|Hua Yu Wee Indoor Dining|
The restaurant is usually packed to the brim, and making a reservation is a
must if you want to dine in. You can opt for indoor or outdoor dining. We
recommend having a meal outdoors, as the space’s openness adds to the meal’s
|Hua Yu Wee Outdoor Dining|
Set D: $399++
We were served by an elderly waitress in kebaya ala Singapore airlines. It was
an exciting sight, given the surrounding. For our meal, we took the set meal
as we are having a meal for 10. There are various set meal options for 2 up to
10 pax. We opted for Set D, which serves 7-8 pax and 2 other dishes. This set
was chosen as it includes 2 crabs on the menu. For $399++, it is worth it.
Similar meals at East Coast Park seafood restaurant could easily cost 1.5 to 2
Fish Maw w Crab Meat Soup
|Hau Yu Wee Fish Maw Crab Meat|
The fish maw’s texture is just right; you can taste bits of crab meat there.
For other sets, they serve Sharkfin soup, but given how it is made, we would
prefer this option.
Seafood Roll w Mayo
The Seafood roll is palatable. While it may not be outstanding, it is a good
Poached Prawns with Hua Diao Wine
|Hau Yu Wee Poached Prawns|
Prawns were fresh, chewy and big. The Hua Diao Wine taste was subtle. There
are about 2 prawns per pax based on 8 pax.
Deep Fried Chicken with Prawn Cracker
|Hau Yu Wee Deep Fried Chicken|
The chicken was well-fried, and the meat was pretty easy. The skin was pretty
crispy too. The only downside is that there is no special chilli sauce that
comes with it.
|Hau Yu Wee Coffee Ribs|
The ribs were soft, and the intense coffee flavour came through in each bite.
Great for coffee lovers!
Fish Steamed in HK Style
|Hau Yu Wee Steamed Fish|
The Seabass was well-cooked and fresh. Dip it in the sauce to add the
Crab ( Option of Black Pepper/ Ketchup Chilli / Steamed)
|Hau Yu Wee Chilli Crab|
We choose the Ketchup Chilli Crab Option. It comes with fried Mantou for the
The Chilli Crab was big, given that it is a set. We reckoned that it is at
least 800g to 1kg. If you get these on their own, it will be about $74.5
/800g. Getting it as part of a set will be worth it.
|Hau Yu Wee Fried Rice|
The set comes with Silver Fish Fried Rice, but we replaced it with Egg Fried
Deep Fried Baby Squid
|Hau Yu Wee Deep Fried Baby Squid|
We ordered this as a starter dish. It is crunchy and sweet to taste.
Sliced Beef with Ginger and Spring Onion
|Hau Yu Wee Sliced Beef|
At first, we thought we had been given venison instead of beef. The beef was
very tender and tasty.
Hua Yu Yee does not charge service charges for the meal. If you consider that,
the prices are lower compared to other establishments. The service was fast,
with each dish coming at fast intervals without much waiting. Only towards the
end, when the restaurant was packed, that service slowed down.
As for the food, it did not disappoint. Each dish was delightful, with strong
flavours and texture. In terms of serving size, while we ordered the 8 pax
portion for 10 people, it is sufficient even without the extra dishes. The
crabs were bigger than average even though it was a set meal, which really impressed
us. The best part is the ambience. We love the old-school kampong feel of Hua
Yu Yee. While parking is limited, valvet parking will be available on site.
With the future developments slated for Bayshore area, we do hope that Hua Yu
Yee will continue unscathed and remain as it is. It is a place for those who
want to keep a bit of Singapore’s history intact and to be able to revisit it
when the chance arises.
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