Monday, November 27, 2006

Crabs @ De Foodland, Bandar Sri Menjalara, Kuala Lumpur

All of you must be thinking I have gone crab crazy since almost every weekend, we have had a crab dinner but due to farewell and birthday dinners, we seem to be at a seafood place every other weekend. This should be the last one for quite some time.

This time round, we decided to go really off tangent from our usual hangout places to try De Foodland in Bandar Menjalara for my friend's birthday. This place is well known for serving crabs cooked in thirty different styles - Creamy Butter, Salted Egg Yolk, Hot & Spicy, Black Stout, Steam with Chinese Wine, Mee Hoon Fried, Marmite and etc. Luckily we had booked a table for last night as the place was packed to the brim with people.

To start off the meal, we had lots of vegetables in a form of Spinach in Superior Soup (Siong Tong Yeen Choy in Cantonese, RM15++) and fried brinjals (aubergines), okra and french beans in a sambal dry sauce (RM25++). The vegetables were pretty good and extremely tasty. The spinach was topped with sliced century egg and tiny ikan bilis (anchovies in Malay) to add extra flavour.

We ordered a total of 2.8kg of crabs which was being sold at RM40 per kg (RM112++). I felt it was extremely pricey since there's lots of promotions in town selling crab at RM38 per kg now. We ordered two styles - salted egg yolk (as above) and creamy butter crab (below). The salted egg yolk crab is done differently here as it's creamier versus the dry version served in
King Crab. This was pretty good but we felt the crab was not as sweet and juicy versus the one we ate at King Crab. The creamy salted egg yolk sauce was tasty and creamy.

Highly dissapointing was their signature dish - the Creamy Butter Crab as the sauce was tasteless. Not sure whether this is due to the kitchen buckling from the weight of so many diners that night. The sauce is also thicker than normal and we felt the crab in
Pantai Seafood cooked with butter sauce is much better even though the sauce was too thin.

We had a steamed fish with assam sauce (RM23++) which was pretty good but the fish looked kinda smashed up hence the picture looks quite bad.

This was a favourite among the kids and adults - the herbal type soup with tofu cubes and kei chi (Wolfberries in Chinese, RM12++).

Overall, we thought the other food was not bad but the crabs were dissapointing. We all felt the crabs were of better quality in King Crab and cheaper since they're now having their RM38 per kg promotion. We thought the quality of the butter sauce for the crabs was compromised due to the huge demand for the crabs.

De Foodland Seafood Restaurant
25 & 27, Jalan 3/62B
Bandar Sri Menjalara
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 - 62744796

(To get here, from the turning into Bandar Sri Menjalara, go straight. You will approach a roundabout, keep straight. Take the first right turning (as a landmark, you will see Telekom grey building with little windows. Go straight and take a left turn. Go straight and you will see Kanna Curry House at one end and De Foodland at the other corner of the row of shophouses.)

*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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Anonymous said...

Wow! that was fast! yeah too bad the crabs (esp the `signature dish') were kinda disappointing. But our conversation topic was interesting yeah..hope that was not why it kept u awake and blog! :p

how come u didnt mention u met up with another culinary expert whom i know and who termed u a `legend'? not staying anonynamous anymore ah..? ;)

Anonymous said...

boo, i've heard alot bout this place from my ex-colleagues.. and they did mentioned that their crabs are awesome but from your point of view, i sense that da crabs weren't too good, furthermore it's rather pricey!!! O_o

FooDcrazEE said...

sounds delish...the white baits on the yeen choy is nice eh ?

Anonymous said...

psssstt if u really wan good fresh nice crabs its near the right sea !

not in KL ! ( dis time I am not joking ! hahaha )

boo_licious said...

Jess - yeah, decided to get it done quickly. Nah, no nightmares after all the ghost stories you were talking abt. No chance to talk abt meeting Mr. Fatboy since you were at the other end of the table plus was too tired from my one day trip.

Meiyen - crabs were not great at all. Strange since it's so famous for it. Maybe we got the worst lot since we ate there at 8ish last night?

foodcrazee - whitebait ok only. Adds a bit of taste or else spinach quite bland.

tonixe - must fish for them myself? Nah, lazy to drive all the way to Klang for crabs.

Anonymous said...

Hi, thank you very much for your comment on my blog... I have not translate the text in English but I think that you have understand what I mean ;-). It was a wonderful diner... just amazing, the menu with champagne, it was really great. And I have spoken with Max during hours about foods and receipts, a really good moment.

It is the first time I look at your blog. It is really nice and the pictures looks really good !!! Woaw!!! I will test some of yours creations... We did not find really good restaurant with Malaysian food in KL but anyway, I could do that in my kitchen now ;-)

Have a nice day

boo_licious said...

Hiya Claude - I could definitely understd the happy smiles as Max's food is excellent. Feel free to email me if you want any recipes.

Anonymous said...

i see. so what was the purpose that u met up? did he want to learn photography from u? just curious. anyway i agree with him u're a great food photographer - the dishes here looked more delicious than they actually tasted!

boo_licious said...

jess - just meet up with to get to know other bloggers.

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