Monday, August 4, 2008

Fatty Crab @ The Mines

Another assignment crossed out of my need-to-do-list, and blogging resumes finally again.

Skipped gym for two weeks because i wanted to do my assignment. Almost died from the heart overpumping after running on the cardio machine just now.

Always have the feeling that i am not getting enough sleep but find myself still needing to read materials even at 11pm (yes, i am a baby).

What else? Yeah, a good old fashioned food review, yes ladies and gentlemen, it is CRAB TIME!

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In my not so many years of hunting for good crabs, there has not been 1 restaurant that is as special as Fatty Crab, which does not necessary mean it is a good catch.


Where else have you eaten crabs that is offered in 2 two styles? and i mean T W O styles.

Sweet and Sour (I mean Chilli) Crabs or Steam Crabs?

I digged my ears and asked, is that it?

"Yeah, you want which one ar?" was the simple reply.

I almost fainted.

To make things easier (because there aren't many options around) or tougher, was either the captain was just being a prick and telling me two items per protein/carbs or the chef that day was also being a prick by declaring i only know how to cook so many items.

Fish? Two choices

Carbs? Fried rice..how about noodles? Err, udon.

Chicken, squid or prawns? At this point, i just pluck the 1st item she muttered and let my misery be by gone.

If there was one thing i respected about this place, is that they really stick to what they believe is good, what my taste buds say is good though is obviously another matter. The dishes came flying out so fast as well that by the time i poured my tea, the first crab dish appeared.

When i ordered this, i was thinking of Greenview. The sweet and sour sauce laden with roe, and pieces of toast to go with it. BUT what i got was sweet and SPICY watery liquid as sauce, small crabs to boot. The amount of chillies in the sauce can make you tear immediately; thus if you want to torture yourself; try the crabs here for RM28/600gm.

If you cant take spicy, then you only got 1 other choice, the steamed crabs with abit of egg white at the bottom. The problem is this; it gets cold and then its horrible to eat. While its hot though, it burns your hands when you suck out the meat from the claw. The lack of essence from the crabs that flows to the scarce sauce was a pity assuming that the crabs were fresh, of course.

The Teo Chew steam Siakap or "Barramundi" to others; was the way it was meant to be, sour and sour, laden with pickled vegetables, tomatoes and tau foo.

The udon noodles that wanted to be like Hokkien Mee. It was decently seasoned with black pepper sauce and a mix of seafood. I suppose a good substitute for white rice.

Another item that was recommended by the captain. In fact it wasn't so much of a recommendation, more like "Do you want fried rice? *Stares at you demanding an answer*. The good thing was every grain of rice was separately tossed in some beans, eggs and prawns giving the so hyped up about "wok hei".

At this point, you wouldn't have thought that i manage to squeeze out from the kitchen another two dishes, well i did.

The stuffed tau foo with mayonnaise that looked more like yau char kuey. It was definitely stuffed with some sort of crab meat paste; the left over crabs perhaps?

A nice vegetable to end the ultra dramatic dinner.

For RM 200 plus, i think i find another place for dinner.

Address and contact details:

5, Jalan Tasik, The Mines Resort City, Seri Kembangan
43300 Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: 03-8945 6448

Verdict: 2.5 stars out of 5 stars. Yes, the view of the massive lake and the golf course is beautiful. Seating beside it as well, resulted in no sweat throughout the whole dinner, with the breeze working in full gear to ensure your dinner is not interrupted with wiping sweat of your forehead. Then again, this is the era where people demand choices and if you only serve two kinds of crabs which are rather not memorable, it is kind of crap right?

34 comments:

Precious Pea said...

Wahh...at least now more variety. Last time i went...they told me NO VEGGIE! The meal was not memorable, hence I never return. Hehe.

wmw said...

Crab crap? Hahaha...

J2Kfm said...

Fatty Crab was so famous last time, probably now de-throned by King Crab? hehe ...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pp: shockingly so rite?..

wmw: precisely although yes abit too cliche and lame thus the words didnt come side by side..

j2kfm: theres just so many crab restaurants nowadays..cant keep count d..

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Shocking. Surprising that they don't care much abt biz. They can only go so far riding on their name (from the old days la).

CUMI & CIKI said...

on a difft note, u take such good pix of crab, i can almost smell/taste it !

Life for Beginners | Kenny Mah said...

You'd be surprised how far some of these businesses can keep on ridin' on their former glory... Ah well, such is the (dining) life!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kenny: hahah im more then surprised..shocked..

c&c: hahah fair enuf..thank u !

ll: riding the horse like a proud man!

leo said...

i'll take a pass.. my one and only experience with fatty crab turned out crap...

crabs were well, pre-cooked, small and not fresh...

the snobbish-ness of the service staff is such a turn off. crappy service with crappy food, top it off with over pricing..

Tummythoz said...

Had unfavourable experiences (service, food & price) at Tmn Megah outlet too. O well, there are so many many other choices out there.

tigerfish said...

I have not had this kind of seafood meal for so long! Whoa, this is tempting!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tigerfish: really? shud b easy to get in sg now rite??

tummythoz: its the same all way round la then..

leo: pass sounds like the way to go man!

Angie Tan said...

Never did like Fatty crab. My friends and I went to the Taman Megah one for the chicken wings.

No redeeming quality of the place though but still, it is jammed packed with people week after week. ;-)

Henry Yeo said...

special, my foot!!!

If they did a good job, then it makes sense to specialize in it, but not from the way you described.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

henry: well they think they are the "special" one..

angie: i also dun understand la..

fatboybakes said...

the fly ly looks yummy....

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: scare me..thought u say u saw some fried fly wor..fly lice isit?

Nic (KHKL) said...

my heart skipped a beat when i saw that plate of delicious udon. i thought it was hokkien mee...gosh, i sooo need a dose of that! haha!

daphne said...

how could they insult the crabs like that? *sadness*

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: hahah look alike..dun be fooled..

daphne: yeah lorrr

mimid3vils said...

Last time when I dine in Fatty Crab (PJ)I also got shock y they only have 2 types of cooking? Never go back again since last time (300 yrs ago, haha)

Criz Lai said...

Fatty but not so fatty crabs in the end? LOL. Somehow I felt that the place is a bit over rated. Come Penang, we have better crappy crabs around.. haha.

http://crizfood.blogspot.com/

jason said...

Erm... I cant seem to load the pictures :S

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jason: no probs with mine though..y ar?

criz: yeah skinny fatty crabs..

mh said...

haha...shocked?? They are known for making tat 2 kind of crabs. But if you are comparing to Greenview....the crabs tat Fatty Crab serves are like malnourished crabs.

if i'm not mistaken, Greenview is having a promotion on crabs....but even at promotional price, its double of the price of Fatty Crab...but ofcourse, u get meaty crabs in Greenview la....

remember to call me if you n kristy are planning for crab attack...kekeek....

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hahah let me get over the trauma la..which hopefully..wont b too long!

ling239 said...

erm... no chicken wings ?
usually i go to the one in PJ, and we only order crabs, two styles, fried rice and chicken wings ^_^

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: yeah i think thats like the default menu at their restaurant..

Bernsy said...

yeah i always thought fatty crabs were a rip off from those days, 10 years back. They only served 3 things, crabs, fish and chicken wing. The rest is just standard vege.

Taste wise, so so only...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bernsy: 10 years later..they still serve 3 things..

Anonymous said...

halal or non halal

Anonymous said...

halal or non halal

Anonymous said...

I agree with most of your points, however a few need to be discussed further, I will hold a small conversation with my partners and maybe I will ask you some advice shortly.

- Henry

sim said...

The food was not that fantastic and the price is very high.It cost RM400plus for a 12 person normal meal but of course with about 4 katils of crab. The most expensive item is the la.la which costs RM50 and the 'loushun, with prawns also costs the same. Will never return for second time.