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Crustacean alert!

Before Instagram and the 'Instagrammable dish', we've already had a stunning item with over-the-top plating elements that has never failed to elicit an awe-inspiring response. I'm talking about crab noodle dish, of course. Nothing says BIG SPENDER in neon lights like the waiter bringing out a whole crab noodle dish to your table. Heads would turn and envious looks would be thrown in your direction. Here are some places worth checking out to satisfy those crabby cravings.

Restoran Chilli's Crab Seafood. I love Maggi instant noodles. I love crab. Put them together and what you get is the most beautiful thing that has ever touched my lips. This is how it's done at this restaurant: Three packets of Maggi are thrown into a claypot followed by a nice big mud crab. I thoroughly enjoyed digging out the flesh of the meaty crustacean and pairing it with the comforting flavours of Maggi curry noodles. The waitress was a tad surprised when I ordered this since I was dining solo. But it was so delicious that I gulped down everything (except for the crab shell, of course) and drained the soup in no time... much to her shock!

Tudia! Crabby Fatty Char Kueh Teow. I love this Malay style char kuey teow place. They have a signature dish that contains a whole flower crab on top. The char kuey teow gravy goes really well with the crab meat. It has the right notes of sweet and salty to bring out the natural sweetness of the crab. I highly recommend this if you love both char kuey teow and crab. Irresistible.

Restoran Maggi Ketam Power. This Puchong establishment is located deep in the kampung of Batu 13. They serve all kinds of special Maggi dishes like Maggi Gearbox Lembu/Kambing, Maggi Urat Kerting, Maggi Udang Galah and of course Maggi Ketam Power. I got the Maggi Ketam Power with added udang galah (giant freshwater prawns) and it came in a huge bowl with the crab and prawns proudly displayed on top. As you can imagine, the soup isn't made solely from the sachets that come with the Maggi noodles. So many other ingredients go into it that it's practically a new dish. I loved the soup so much that I drank all of it!

Restoran Rawang Burger Bakar. The Kuey Teow Ketam here is simply delicious! Lots of spices are used to fry the kuey teow, making the taste extra strong. A side of home-made sambal is served with the kuey teow, which further elevates the already flavourful dish. It's served with a whole flower crab so you'll have fun digging through the shell for meat after you've finished your kuey teow.

Mee Ketam Kuala Lumpur. Arguably the most famous crab noodle place in town, it does an awesome Mee Kari Ketam that comes with a whole flower crab. You can also swap it with a mud crab if you want (charged by weight). The thick yellow egg noodles go well with the crab and you can tell the curry is made with love, as you can taste the roe and random crab bits in it. They also cook their crabs with rice and if that's more your cup of tea, I highly recommend the Ketam Masak Cili. The chilli sauce is fiery, but really tasty. It's one of the best crab dishes I've ever had!

Getting There

Restoran Chilli's Crab Seafood

26-1, Jalan PJU5/9, Dataran Sunway, Petaling Jaya

LRT/MRT: Surian

From the station: 150 metres

Operating hours:11am-11pm

Tudia!Crabby Fatty Char Kueh Teow@The Food Bank

37, Jalan PJU 5/20A, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

LRT/MRT: Surian

From the station: 600 metres

Operating hours: 5pm-1am

Restoran Maggi Ketam Power

Lot 234, Batu 13, Jalan Jurutera, Kampung Seri Aman Luar, Puchong, Selangor.

LRT/MRT: Subang Alam

From the station: 600 metres

Operating hours: noon-midnight

Restoran Bawang Burger Bakar

51, Jalan Wangsa Delima 5,

Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur.

LRT/MRT: Sri Rampai

From the station: 600 metres

Operating hours: 6pm-2am (closed on Mondays)

Mee Ketam Kuala Lumpur

11, Kompleks Anjung 7, Jalan Zirkon B 7/B, Seksyen 7, Shah Alam, Selangor.

LFRT/MRT: Alam Megah

From the station: You'll need to take e-hailing services to get to the place.

Operating hours: 12.30pm-11pm daily, except Fridays (4.30pm-11pm)
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Date:May 31, 2018
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