Monday, December 03, 2007

Hairy Crabs @ King Crab, Petaling Jaya

Hairy Crab from Tai Woo Lake

Meet Hairy! I met him for the first time last Friday. A jet setter, he flies in from China every week. A real popular dude, he gets swamped with fans especially during the months from October to January. I met two cousins that day - one from Tai Woo Lake (RM78++ per crab) and the other from the famous Yang Cheng Lake (RM88++ per crab).


Hairy Crab from Yang Cheng Lake

The fella from Yang Cheng Lake even came with a tag with a number on it. Seems if you want to check if it originates from that lake, you can sms the number in China and they will reply you. See those hairy arms - that is what distinguishes Hairy from the other crustaceans.

The mother lode of crab roe

There are loads of must dos and don'ts when you meet Hairy but whatever it is, he has a hidden lode of one of the yummiest and oh so heavenly! crab roe under his crabby exterior. The meat is so sweet that you'll end up sitting there savouring every bite. Since I used my fingers instead of the plastic gloves they gave, I could smell the sweet aroma even after I washed my hands.


Fa Tiu Wine with Sour Plum

Hairy is such a special fella that one must follow all kinds of rules like, steaming him with Zhisu leaf and ginger to enjoy the sweet meat. Fa Tiu chinese wine is also a must with Hairy and since he leaves a cooling effect on people, drink warm ginger tea after that to balance back the coolness. For me the Yang Cheng Lake fella was sweeter and I felt the roe was thicker and richer. Some of my other dining companions felt there was not much difference between the two crabs.


Hotpot of Vegetables, Enoki Mushrooms, Tofu and Wolfberries

To balance out all that cholestrol laden food, we had some vegetables, enoki mushrooms, wolfberries and tofu cubes cooked in a hotpot. It is actually intended for the lobster below but we ended up just eating it alone which was also good as I liked the clear soup. We also had a watercress dish which I didn't snap a picture of it.


Dare u to eat me?

Do u dare mess with this fella? Poor chap, he came all the way from Australia and we ate him up instead.

Lobster Sashimi

It got sliced up as sashimi (RM447++). Kinda firm tasting, this was eaten with a bit of wasabi and soy sauce.


Lobster Head Noodles

Then the head was chopped up and braised with noodles (RM25++) to give it flavour. Not as strong tasting compared to the Water Prawn Noodles but it was nevertheless pretty good stuff.


Steamed Flower Crab

More crabs but this time it is the humble Flower Crab steamed with egg white (RM67.50++). Really good stuff and one of the best flower crabs I have tasted. I liked how the meat came out in chunks which made it so easy to eat.


Salted Egg Yolk Sotong

King Crab's must have - Salted Egg Yolk Sotong (RM25++). Really good stuff and it was finished within minutes by all of us.


Yummy and Light Director's Cut Tiramisu

We even had yummy dessert - special Director's Cut Tiramisu topped with juicy black berries, strawberries, cape gooseberries and kiwi fruits. The cake was so nice and light, we all finished it quickly with little effort even though we were full from the meal.

It was an extremely satisifying meal even though it did take up almost the whole night and the company was even better! I don't think I will be meeting Hairy this year but I'll definitely look forward to seeing him next year when it is the season.

King Crab
No. 103 - 107
Jalan SS25/2
Taman Mewah Jaya
Petaling Jaya

Tel No: 03 - 7808 2388

(Non Halal. King Crab is having a Hairy Crab promotion until January 2008. Prices start from RM38 onwards and if you buy 5 crabs, you get one free.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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18 comments:

Jackson said...

i wan hairy!! hairy hairy come to me!

Precious Pea said...

Yumzz...the roes...so good. I think I need a dose before the season ends.

ling239 said...

lobster sashimi !! it had been a very long time since i last had tat... :(

Sin Tai Lim said...

Hi masak masak,
understand you love pan mee, pls try the one in Kepong Garden. visit happy happy for direction & evaluate after that. regards
happy happy.

Big Boys Oven said...

Cool, such a lovely dinner, must be expensive. Must try hose hairy crabs!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

i think i need to wait for next year too, haha..if not i think can OD..

yammylicious said...

omg!! the hairy crab!!! *faint* wan some....... lobster sashimi look great!

Nic (KHKL) said...

director's cut? sounds interesting...bet it tastes good with all those fruits..nice

Christy said...

Ermmm...hairy...erm....hehe, freaks me out:p

Anyway,there's so much seafood...even lobster sashimi...what a feast!!~

New Kid on the Blog said...

ai yo.... this is killing me man!! so how much was that cost??

daphne said...

i'm beyond envy liao.. speechless by all those crabs!

Joanna said...

Hey Masak Masak,

When you get this do email me at joanna@maxnetic.net.

Cheers
Joanna Saw
PR & Marketing
Max It Sdn Bhd

boo_licious said...

jackson - hee hee, better eat soon. season ending in Jan 2008.

precious pea - I think I had enuf already!

ling239 - yeah, same here. Nice to have it once in a blue moon so it remains special.

Sin Tai Lim - thxs for the info. Bit busy though so must explore that another day.

BBO - once in a while ok this kind of food as the cholestrol level is crazy!

Joe - hee hee...we make a date with Hairy in 2008!

Yammylicious - yeah, great feast again!

Nic - it was yum. More like the Jap version with the light taste.

Christy - I guess Hairy is not everyone's cup of tea but the lobster sashimi is good stuff.

new kid on the blog - prices indicated on the blog, read each item.

daphne - if u love crabs, ultimate dream!

joanna- thxs for the msg. Will reply by email.

Jason said...

Digging the crab shell was fun actually. Hehehe...

~Christine~Leng said...

lobster sashimis!! wow.. have not tried that before.
What a nice meal u guys had! ;P Drooling over those dishes. :)

sido said...

masak2

龍蝦刺生是RM447一隻嗎?好想吃噢

wmw said...

It was definitely a very "enriching" experience! :o)

ai wei said...

wat i can do now is drooling over the pics here. i wan hairy crabby!!!

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