“Original Louisiana Boil” – that’s how Crab Factory proudly proclaims its seafood offerings. For an introduction to this popular seafood joint, read my earlier review here.
Recently shortlisted in the TimeOutKL Food Awards 2014 under the category “Best Place for Seafood”, Crab Factory is always packed. That already is a testament of its popularity as diners just love the casual no-holds-barred kinda dining here. You see, there is no crockery used here. The seafood is boiled in the various sauces and tied up in plastic bags before being brought to the dining tables. Of course, TY Ooi & her team use only food-grade plastic bags. You really have to get down and dirty and eat with your bare hands to fully enjoy the meal and that’s where the fun is!
After my first visit, I couldn’t wait to return. So when TY invited me over to check out their haul of Canadian Lobsters, I needed no reminder. The red monsters are best eaten cooked simply in a garlic butter sauce which Crab Factory has more or less perfected. When the plastic bag was opened, the delicious wafts from the sauce tickled our palate immediately and we practically couldn’t wait to get our hands on those crustaceans.
The tender white flesh within the shell was sweet and slightly bouncy and as we dug deeper in, the creamy roe surfaced. Needless to say, the sinful roe tasted heavenly and we made sure every morsel was cleaned out. Potatoes and corn made excellent bag buddies – remember to request for these. Soaked with the delicious sauce, they were just scrumptious.
Sweet succulent Japanese Amaebi – to die for!
Next came the sweetest prawns in the world – the Japanese Amaebi. These gorgeous babies were done in Jamba Jamba sauce with the dial at Medium chilli heat. With a lovely tomato base, the Jamba Jamba sauce packed on a zesty edgy in addition to the chilli heat. That made sucking out the sweet Amaebi heads so much more pleasurable!
More prawns, more heat please!
We are glad to note there are some new bites on Crab Factory’s menu since our last visit. Check out the very cutely named Hush Puppies – deep-fried golden balls made from oatmeal and lightly spiced. They can get quite addictive.
Hush Puppies, anyone?
The Fried Okra is another appetiser on the list – lightly battered okra fried to a golden crisp. I enjoyed this – a southern take on vegetables tempura!
What really got us excited were the Waffles and Southern Fried Chicken. The waffles were light and fluffy and so good when dipped in the maple syrup. The fried chicken was really good too – tender and juicy despite it being a breast cut.
Waffles & Southern Fried Chicken
So head on over to Crab Factory for a seafood feast that’s bound to be satisfying. Nothing beats clawing and cracking with your bare hands, believe me. The Canadian lobsters are available till stocks last and I was told they’d be around for some time.
21, Jalan SS2/64,
47300 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603-7865 5850
Mon, Wed & Thurs: 3.00pm – 11.00pm
Fri, Sat & Sun: 11.00am – 11.00pm
Closed on Tuesdays