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Many crabs lovers have headed to various seafood shacks but most know that the best crabs are now found somewhere in Yio Chu Kang, a far distance from the usual crab-puller of East Coast.

Come to Yio Chu Kang and one would be spoilt for choice. Three restaurants are making roaring business, selling crabs in different flavors. However, fret not, fellow crab lovers, for there are no price hikes as yet. There are even no GST claims or service charges!

That is certainly value for money! But what makes the three restaurants tolerant of one another's presence? It seems that the restaurants cater to different tastes and boast many chefs from different provinces and countries to whip up an impressive range of crab-based dishes. Each seems to have created its own niche and have a different and sustainable clientele. Thus, they do not have to poach the others' customers. Then how do they keep their overheads low? Certainly, to pay for top chefs and authentic ingredients will definitely eat into their profits.

"We are extremely focused. There is no classy atmosphere. Everything is kept simple and cheap. The diners dine al-fresco style, with minimum fuss. No Italian crockery here; no silverware either! It is good old finger-licking crabs with free flow of water to quench the burning throat and clean fingers."

The no-fuss dining ambience goes down well with the recent recession and many do not miss the chandeliers and the live bands. For Mr Ang, business has boomed and even increased by 15 per cent in spite
of the slow economic growth. Customers are willing to forgo up-market frills for fatter wallets. It seems that simple dining is here to stay.

With the endless variety of the crustacean dishes, it seems that the customers are the winners. Spoilt for choice, one would think that diners would have a ball of a time choosing the perfect dish. Not really. There are just so many to choose from that seasoned diners stick to what they relish and rarely become adventurous with their choices.

"I don't want to try the others when I am guaranteed that I will never go wrong with my favorite dish."

In any case, the eatery owners do not leave their diners' choices to chance. Quips an enterprising one, "I make sure that all my dishes come in morsel-sized portions so that my diners can have a taste of all fifty different types of dishes available!

   
Answer the following questions using complete sentences
  1. Where did the crab lovers go to before they headed to Yio Chu Kang for crabs ?
  2. Why are the restaurants in Yio Chu Kang value for money ?
  3. Why are the restaurant owners tolerant of the presence of the other restaurants serving crabs ?
  4. How do the restaurants keep their cost low ?
  5. What do diners appreciate more than the fancy frills ?
  6. Do diners enjoy choosing the wide spread of crab-based dishes ? Explain.
  7. What does the word 'relish' means ?
  8. What is the best way to try as many dishes as possible ?
  9. Why do you think seasoned diners always order the same old dishes ?
  10. What is the other word used for crabs in the passage ?
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Answers
 

1.

They went to East Coast at first.
 

2.

Their crab dishes are cheaper and there are no GST charges or service charges.
 

3.

Each one has created his own niche and targets different clients. Thus, they do not need to fight with one another for diners.
 

4.

They keep everything simple, from the crockery to the ambience.
 

5.

They appreciate the cash savings better.
  6. They do not really enjoy choosing as there are just too many dishes to choose from.
  7. It means 'enjoy'.
  8. The best way is to order the morsel-sized portions so that one gets to eat all the different types of dishes at one go.
  9. They are not adventurous and are afraid that the other dishes would not taste as nice as what they normally ordered.
  10. It is 'crustaceans'.
 
 
 
 
 

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