Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Craps..Oppsss..I mean Crabs!

Going through some old photos with Hubby one night, we were amazed over the collection of crabbies we had for the past 2 years. No wonder Hubby's cholesterol sky rocketed after he met me. And so he suggested why not a post on all the crabs I had...not a bad idea eh? Too many crabs picture to choose from...so I shall select a few of my favourites.

#1 A Simple Homecooked MudCrabs
Occasionally, a Malay guy would turn up at the SS2 wet market with 2 big rattan baskets of mudcrabs all the way from Kuala Selangor. Quite cheap too, about RM12 - 13 per kilos depending on the sizes. One thing to bear in mind though, if you want to catch him, you must be there before 7.30 a.m. as the MBPJ usually do their rounds around 8.00 a.m. Opps..yah..forgot to mention, he does not have licence to trade...that is why he can sell it at such low price. You can still get crabs from the normal fish stalls but the price would be doubled. By the way, am quite psycho cos I loves killing crabs, dunno why. I prefer my crabs to be steamed with garlic, chinese cooking wine and a dash of soya sauce for maximum sweetness. Yumzz.

#2 Conned Crab
This curry crab which I had in Bangkok was a memorable for the wrong reason. We got CONNED!!! We wanted to go to this Somboon Restaurant which was highly recommended for this dish but we were driven by a tut-tut driver to a bungalow converted nameless restaurant instead. I wouldn't mind if the high price was compensated by good taste but it was basically tasteless. Such a waste for a nice big juicy crab.

#3 Flower Power
Flower crabs...the crab species I least fancy as I find the meat texture not as bouncy as mud crab. However, it does power up sweetness of the gravy, like the one we had in the photo below at Unique Seafood Restaurant. I remembered my brother in law used to tell me, flower crab meat is nice to sweeten the taste especially steamed egg. In conclusion, he said that flower crab is best used as compliment to other ingredients instead of being the main dish. Ahh...we talk like a crab specialist isn't it?

#4 Hot Hot Claypot
Claypot Crab with Glass Vermicelli....got to say this is one of the unique dish i tasted in Bercham, Ipoh. The soup was good and full of sweetness of the crab, but guess what else they put into the soup? Slices of Bacon!! No wonder so full of Ommpphhh!!!

#5 Double-Up the Cholesterol
Salted egg yolks=very nice but cholesterol very high. Crabs=yummy but also cholesterol very high. Hence, Salted Egg Yolk Crabs = Sinfully Yummy. Used to be my favourite style until I discovered Butter Crab (refer to #9) from King Crab Restaurant. The photo below was taken at Unique Seafood Restaurant, however I prefer Greenview Restaurant's (Sin Chew Jit Poh roundabout) version.

#6 Once-a-year Delicacy
Hairy Crab is a famous delicacy in Shanghai cuisine and is only available during Autumn season. Believes to be cooling to the body, either wine or ginger tea would be served to balance the yin and yang in the body. The price of the crab varies according to origin, weight and gender. Last year, Hubby treated me to this delicacy at King Crab for my birthday dinner. Priced from RM48 to RM100++ per piece, I got to say it's a bit pricey for the little amount of roe. They do have a little bit of meat which I very determined to dig out since it's soo expensive.

Yummy roe, best dipped in vinegar with shredded ginger

#7 Drown with Beer
I am so fortunate for having such a great cook as brother-in-law. During one of our visits, he bought these two fierce-looking Snow Crabs from the seafood wholesaler for half the normal price. I volunteered to kill the crab but as you can see, the crabs were not tied...and I might not have the strength to chop my way through.
According to bro-in-law, best way to cook is to steam it with Toohey's beer, Australia's local beer. He said it doesn't taste as nice using other brands. He put some glass vermicelli underneath the crabs...ooo....it was sooo good after it absorbed all the essence from the crabs.

#8 Itsy Bitsy Spider

The first time I ever come across spider crabs was at Unique Seafood Restaurant. Huge and fierce-looking and so far, it's the most expensive crab I ever eaten. The one we ordered was slightly less than 3 kgs (including cooking charges, approximately RM600++). Strongly suggest to order the crab if you have a table of 8-10 people.
The spider crab was cooked two way, salted egg yolk and braised in superior stock (photo below). Half way through the salted egg yolk only then I realised that I forgot to snap a photo of it. Sigh! It was indeed very good and meaty, even the legs were like claws, chunks and chunks of meat. DELICIOUS!!

#9 Current Craze
Ever since I tried the Claypot Butter Crab from King Crab Restaurant, I was hooked to this dish. Creamy and yet not too heavy with aromatic curry leaves, got to say this dish will stay in my favourite list for quite some time, of course, right until I discovered another tasty crab dish.

#10 Most Memorable Crabby Moment
While Hubby and I was strolling down the Esplanade in Cairns, Queensland, we saw a glass tank in front of a restaurant with giant mud crabs raising its claws whenever passerby stopped to peep at them. The restaurant was packed so it must be good and hence, we decided to try it out. Priced at AUD60 (approximately RM170 for a plate below) and an hour waiting time, the giant mud crab came with rice as well as a big bowl of tropical fresh fruits. The claw is as big as my palm!!!
I was a bit upset when I saw my crab was cooked with creamy mushroom sauce. Surprise surprise, it tasted so good and not a drop of gravy wasted. I find it really healthy to wash down what we ate with a big bowl of fruits. Definately this is the most memorable crab dish I ever had from all my travellings.

So, are you feeling crabby now??

23 comments:

girl_girl said...

hi...i'm girl_girl from ipoh. i love seafood very much especially crabs... the dishes 'claypot crab with glass vermicelli' that u had is in bercham ipoh. but there's a few shops tat sell same dishes,only one of the restaurant is the best.
thank you for sharing so many food with all people. :)

wmw said...

I'm crabby now, me go look for crab!Hee hee...

team BSG said...

4 yr 15th all-consuming crabby xperience V will bring u to Bukit Tambun for the final countdown...

our fantalicious offer will however lapse before u have a chance to ask...him...

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Wah! A crab aficionado in our midst! I am in awe....

boo_licious said...

What a crab collection!

jason said...

Your Highness, you really crazy about crabs! ^^ Btw, which part of Bercham served the crab with glass vermicelli???

Tummythoz said...

A mud crab chopping expert? Wish v r neighbours as I can't even do flower crabs!

Precious Pea said...

girl_girl: I hope it's the same shop dat i went. Is it da corner shop facing a field or something?

wmw: Hehehe..happy crab-hunting!!

team BSG: Who is the 'HIM'? Never mind, just give me the name and address...i will make my way there! Haha!

Lyrical Lemongrass: Crabs are such wonderful creature, aren't they?

boo: Got lots more crab photos which i didn't post up. Maybe in part 2?

Jason: Err...which part ar? I dunno the name wor..it's a corner shop in housing area. If not mistaken, near a school.

tummythoz: I can still come and kill it for you, but you have to invite me to share your crab ok?

jason said...

Near school... I'll go and check it out

Live2Talk said...

Wah so many crabs! Maybe you should try cooking some of them and let us (me & Ms 6ft) taste it la.

k.t.x said...

wow..really some catalog u hv here. nice. not a crab person but at times, there is this lust for it. kinda like the butter version lately. the thai version at somboon is also cool but can be a bit geli.

Jackson said...

It's all craps!!! err....crabs!! LOL! When can we hv a chance to try yr homecooking crabs?? Why not u organise a pot luck at yr hse??

Melting Wok said...

OH MY GODDddd..you hit the right spotttt..crabsssss !!!

Precious Pea said...

Jason: Good! Let me know if you like that dish.

live2talk: My crab cooking style still very limited. I thought you don't fancy crabs??

k.t.x: Somboon curry crab very famous so much try it out just to satisfy my curiousity.

jackson: Great idea...what will you bring?

melting wok: You feeling crabby also eh?? ;)

MeiyeN said...

oh my god!!!!!!!!!! my saliva is dripping... lucky you get to eat almost all types of crabs......

babe_kl said...

i really had craps on wed!!!

KampungboyCitygal said...

oh my! ur post is killing me! glad that im going to have my crap fix at jenjarum tonite

Precious Pea said...

meiyen: Girl, don't drool...*wipe wipe*

babe_kl: Hahaha...I just had mine today!

kampungboycitygal: I just had my crap fix at King Crab again! Will post about it later.

Pam said...

What a crabby post.. ish....

I came here over the weekend and found that there were so many posts, and that u guys were GONE away for the weekend. DANG! No ang pow to collect tim... aahaha!!!!

mmmmm slurpsssss crabs,.....Had a wee bit on Friday in Greenview, just one piece.

Precious Pea said...

Pam, you should drop by more often. I had crabs on Friday too...hehehe...at King Crab AGAIN!!

Pam said...

aiiii.... How I know I'm invited gehh....

Next time I'll pop by... hehe! your hubby listening? ahahhahaah!!!!

Veronica said...

hi..i just found out ur blog & i love it lotz..i wil check out those places..^^
and wana recommend a place to u..
Tak Fook restaurant at Puchong..near Giant there..
they serve salty egg yolk crab, rm20/kg..cheese crab rm18/kg..and d cheese crab will b nice serve wit bun..^^
and d coconut prawn not bad too..try check out d restaurant..^^

Precious Pea said...

veronica: Thanks for the recommendation, will check it out. Slurps!!!

 

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