My sister brought the entire family for a crab dinner. She told us that the Tak Fok restaurant in Manjalara is so popular that there is always a long wait for tables. We decided to go very early so that we do not have to deal with the crowd.
That place was packed alright. The tables and chairs are placed so close to one another that there are hardly any room to move. We believe that what makes this place popular is that it’s cheap (RM 18 or CAD$6 per kilogram). They specialize in crabs and have quite a few varieties of preparation which I had never heard of.
My sister did the ordering. I had no idea what the crab dish below is called. If I hazard a guess I would say this is kam heong style crab. The claws is my favourite part. It is the fleshiest. The kam heong, you know the whatmachacallit dark pieces below, is best with plain steamed rice.
I have never seen this type of crab dish before. My sister translated this to be butter-cheese crab. The yellowish thick gravy looks really good and smells really nice.
My sister also ordered some “fried bread”. This is so unique and new to me. I had sliced bread with chili crab before but never bread made specifically for crab dishes.
The way to eat this is to break the bread and dip it on the butter-cheese sauce. It tastes really good. This is so unique. I know Suanne will hate it but I am just thinking that I should get a Malaysian crab recipe book for her. Hmmm … maybe not.
If there is such thing as a “commonly unique” dish, the one below is it. It is basically a potato nest filled with assortment of ingredients such as cauliflower, peanuts, mushrooms, onions, and what nots. Unique but it’s too dry a dish for me.
We also had a hot plate tofu dish. It came sizzling hot. The sizzle gave out a very nice smell.
Sweet and sour pork. Pretty good on it’s own but really the star of this meal was the crabs.
I liked this meal a lot despite the messy-ness and the cramped seating. This restaurant had a few other crab dishes — something like ten (!) if I am not mistaken. I wish I could try them all — I guess I will have to leave it to the next trip.