Monday, February 04, 2008

King Crab With Legendary Lemongrass

After hearing SO much about this place, and missing numerous opportunities to dine here with famous food bloggers, I couldnt let up yet another chance pass, so when Unkaleong (of all people, since he ain't REALLY a flogger) organised a low sang here, I said yes, at the expense of leaving the brood of wife and kids to their own devises on a Saturday night.

It was with great effort that I dragged myself there though, as the residual alcohol from the late night before, a toxic combination of Vodka, Beer and Long Island Teas, was still lingering in the system, and the 4.30 am bedtime had rendered me semi zombified. It's great when you have livewires at dinners, so one doesn't really have to worry too much about conversation. We had the fabulous Baker Boys, as livewire.

Other people present were of course, Empress of the Floggers, Lyrical Lemongrass, the Ab Fab fella, who didnt flash this time, his friend and ex colleague from BKK (now based in Shanghai), the ex colleague's friend, our Fabulous Baker Boys, (hmmm, cannot use that title, on second thoughts, coz it spells FBB), aiya, the Just Heavenly Angels lah, (or the other mythical creature with wings), and their friend, who resides in Bahrain. I feel highly undertravelled in the presence of such nomadic company.

Yee Sang, the uniquely Malaysian dish, just like Yam Seng is also only done in Malaysian weddings. Singapore doesn't count la, after all, they share the same roots. Allan halted the waitress from drowning the Yee Sang with too much sauce, resulting in it looking a bit dry, but was actually perfect. I'm not entirely sure what the pink color fish was, could have been salmon, but its pinky hue made me wonder.

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Presumably a steamed kampong chicken. Great hangover food. Clear and clean. (Unkaleong did the ordering). Not too tough, as some kampung folk tend to be.

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This fish pieces dish in a lovely soup, riddled with golden needle mushrooms. Again, perfect hangover food. The fish was chewy, almost like chicken, according to Unka. The soup was sweet and full of wholesome goodness without smelling like dead fish.

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I was actually yearning for the Pork Reef, (dunno if it's a typo), with preserved vegetables, I imagine to be something like Mui Choi Kau Yoke, but they had sold out, so offered us this instead. Braised arm of Pork, or was it leg? Well, leg or arm, it was quite good. The meat falls of the bone, and the meat was nice and tender.

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Call me a freeloader, but I LURVE attending dinners when JHP are there, cos I know almost for sure that there will be a lovely sweet treat at the end of the meal. Sure enough, they didn't disappoint, with a lovely Sacher Torte. My mistake was having two slices, which rendered me in a Jabba The Hutt state after the 2nd slice. Short of leaving a trail of slime as I crawled to the car....

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For some reason, I didn't get a shot of one of the Master Bakers himself.... so I'll just have to put up two of the other half...

14 comments:

Precious Pea said...

I was there the same night you guys went but I had my dinner much earlier. And er..i did try their Mui Choy Kau Yuk, and it was really really good! Hehehe...i might be the one who ordered their last serving! Kekeke! The gravy really good till Hubby order (he rarely ask for 2nd helping) extra rice!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Yez, ze PORK REEF was marvelouz. And I agree, kampong folk are sometimez terribly tough. You have to make ze big bite on ze thigh and then zey yelp like cows in heat.

JOjo said...

HUh?visit king crab without crab?haha!
I once heard from a nutritionist, the correct was of cooking "pai guak" or pork ribs is to cook or "mun" or braise or watever until the meat can fall off the ribs. And it is actually tastier!
Yea, it's the CNY mood again.
Give me the yu-shang!
Happy New Year! Be abundantly blessed this coming year~

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

haha for once they were no familiar looking dishes..i almost thought visits to king crab requires compulsory orders of ham dan sotong, just like paying cover charge to a club..

UnkaLeong said...

Has Jabba recovered yet? And yes, it was salmon in the Yee Sang :)

wmw said...

Love the part about Jabba The Hutt and the slime trail. LOL!

fatboybakes said...

unka, wait till u reach jabba's age.

nipples, i like that. like paying cover charge, heh heh.

jojo, ya, i think the meat was braised (mun). that's the normal way of doing it.

LL, you've had the reef before? lucky woman.

precious pea, GRRRRR.....

fatboybakes said...

wmw, ya, lemongrass loved that too... why ah?

Imbi & Itchy said...

I must be the LAST person to go try King Crab. So near my place but yet ... hehe

Jason said...

Ei... Nigel didn't use his DSLR?

Happy CNY, FBB!

Nic (KHKL) said...

you should have tried at least one crab dish as it was your virginal do at King Crab. but then again, it'll be a good excuse to redo, i mean revisit this place in the future.

happy cny, fabulous baker boy! (u also fbb mah)...

daphne said...

*sigh* u guys hv lots of fun over there! =)

Happy CNY!

Big Boys Oven said...

Gong Xi Fat Cai, may 2008 brings you loads of fortune!

Jackson said...

i miss a wonderful gathering with u guys!!! so so so sad!!!