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


babe_kl said...

ouch the crabs make me feel so hungry now :D

thenomadGourmand said...

ok.. so Leo gonna be our tour guide rite??

J said...

Wah. 1kg of crab each (plus all the stuff on the side) is quite a lot leh!! O_o
(Really respect your capacity. It really comes in useful when you are eating yummy food... *jelez*)

J2Kfm said...

good thing they cracked open the shells before serving.
this post should be useful, as we're planning on a melaka trip this or next month.
so other than grilled crabs, and siew pau, and beef noodles, what else not to miss?

Sean said...

wow, looks like a really great meal! i didn't even realize seremban is known for crabs... ok, my geography's really bad, so i'm not even sure if seremban is by the sea... :D

~Christine~Leng said...

my friend asked me to head down to seremban too! I wouldn't say no to crabs! will tell her about this! ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

yes cholesterol..but crabs wor..hehe..a 50/50 toss of the coin la..

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Somehow, that bowl of sauce got me salivating. :-P Having a crab with roe is like winning the lottery, eh? So exciting. :-D

Precious Pea said... really got my saliva dripping oledi!!! AM gonna show this post to my Makan Gang and make them all really excited!!! Haha..I am so gonna go to this place when I come back!!!!!

boo_licious said...

I want crab! Looks great Leo. Thxs for the fantastic recommendation.

thule a.k.a leo said...

babe_kl - actually I prefer Seremban siew hai compared to our KL ones :) but I know exactly a place where I can lay my hands on these crabbies in KL

becky - no problem! bring it on!!!

J - actually I broke my rule again... I promised myself not to overstuffed myself during dinner time but then I don't get to eat these everyday right?

j2kfm - apparently there's an award winning chicken shop in Seremban but I dont know where!

sean - seremban is not by the sea.. port dickson is :) it's alright.

christine - show this this blog ok?

joe - that's what I thought too.. lol! plus I don't go to Seremban everyday

meena - so wanna plan a makan outing to seremban???

precious pea - when u r back.. pls let me know ok? I wanna follow... I mean, if there's guy in your makan gang la.. if girls, hehehe.. no thanks!

boo_licious - so when r u heading there??

Paranoid Android said...

Wow! Did the crabs go to the Gym and had some protein drinks? So beefed up! Was in Seramban last weekend, but did not go there. Must punch it into the list of places to go.

CUMI & CIKI said...

excellent .. i want crabbies! welcome back ;)

thule a.k.a leo said...

paranoid android - they were indeed beefed up :) by the way, I have updated the place and the road so it will be easier to punch into your GPS

cumi&ciki - thanks.. but I will have to go away for another while. this time to penang :)

~Christine~Leng said...

will definitely show her your blog :)

Raynebow said...

That looked like crab heaven, lol!

aka Pureglutton

UnkaLeong said...

I have actually visited this place before when Dad used to work in Rembau! Hahahah, I agree that the crabs there are the bomb!

thule a.k.a leo said...

christine - thanks!

pureglutton - this place is :)

unkaleong - so ah.. when r u planning to revisit this old place again?