Monday, November 16, 2009
Attack of the Crustaceans!!!
Grrrr!!! I came, I saw... I tried to conquer but was conquered by the human instead!
If one talk about Seremban... one would definitely think about the famous food which are siew bao or siew hai! For those who don't speak Cantonese, please don't think of anything dirty with the latter ok??? It's grilled crab! Normally those who go to Seremban would not miss the opportunity to lay their hands on these delectable crustaceans.. prepared Seremban style!!!
Gerald and I were on our way back to KL after visiting some clients in johor... my watch showed 6pm and it was rush hour in KL area. Better have our dinner in Seremban, I told Gerald. Crabbie came to my mind immediately but the only problem is that I don't know where to eat. Cracking my head I tried to think of any of my friend who's familar with Seremban area. Suddenly, June came into my mind (no... not the month but a girl named June). Browsing through my iPhone for her contact number, it only took a few rings before she answered my call. "Eh! Your bf is from Seremban right? Do you know where I can eat delicious siew hai?" "Yeah.. there's this place called Seremban Seafood but I don't know where exaclty la.. normally my bf drove me there and my mind wandered off until we reached the destination wor.."
She then gave me her bf's number and asked me to call him for direction. Shit! I'd only talked to him once during Sher Ryn's full moon party... summoning courage and thickening my skin, I dialed the number and to my relief, he still remember me and promptly directed me to the destination from Seremban toll. After 30 minutes later, we were finally standing in front of the restaurant!!! Thanks June (if you are reading this)
Gerald caught in the act!!! Hahaha... the restaurant may looked empty in the picture, but it's because the dinner crowd had not come yet. The whole place was very spacious and airy with both open-air and covered section. Initially we were planning to sit at the open-air section but looking at the sky made us had second thoughts.
Since we were the only few customers there, it didn't take long before we were served. I was warned that the service can get very slow once the whole place was packed. Lucky us (^_^)
The first thing that we ordered was obvious - CRAB!!! Totally different from KL style where they deep fried the crab instead of grilled. They have many ways to prepare the dish but of course the signature style would be grilled crab. We started with a kilo of the crustaceans... the crabbies were caramelised before grilled to perfection. Simple yet mouth-watering :) we were practically drooling by the time the plate was served on the table. The shiny crab's were like telling us to feast on them immediately. The shells were very sweet and I literally licked each and every part of its body before devouring the meat. Did I mention that the crab meat was fresh and sweet too???
Normally they do not guarantee on the availability of roe when you ordered the meat crab but look at that!!! Cholesterol-laden crab shell full of roe! I had to double up my exercise by the time I got back to my hometown as I don't wanna risk having cardiac arrest.
Before I forgot, a special mention has to be given to the restaurant's concoction of sauce especially for the crab. It was sweet, sour and spicy all-in-one! I was able to taste the presence of garlic, chilly, lime and coriander but the remaining ingredients remained a mystery only the restaurant know. Of course, the crab meat was sweet enough to be eaten on its own without the sauce too!
Deep fried sotong with salted egg - a decent dish and not particularly great but I assure you that it's full of salted egg yolk and quite flavourful too. Taste-wise I prefer the version of King Crab in Kelana Jaya.
Signature stir fried sang mee - a must order dish! Full of wok hei and let's not forget to mention pork lards were abundant too!!
Leo's verdict - not content with one kilo of crabbies, both of us ordered another kilo and managed to finish them off, leaving only shells and other parts that can't be eaten. We were stuffed to the brim by the time we paid the bill that came at approximately RM120 which was quite affordable since we had 2kg of crab (RM45 per kilo). Downside is that I had to check on my cholesterol level again... sigh! Still, if you ask me whether it's worth coming all the way for the grilled crab... I'd say Hell Yeah! After all, Seremban is less than an hour drive from KL. All you gotta do is to know your way to this place and of course, bring money!!!
Seremban Seafood Village @ Jalan Tuanku Munawir, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Tel : 06-7641260/012-6287661