I called ahead to book a table AND the crabs but was told that their stocks of crabs will only be arriving at about 6pm that day. Anyhow, I took the risk of a crab-less dinner and made my way to Super Crab Aroma Seafood Restaurant (what a name!).
We reached there pretty early in the evening but the street where this restaurant is located was already busy and choked up with cars parked everywhere! We were lucky to get that one last spot across the restaurant. We then realized the crowd was actually teeming in the more-popular neighbouring restaurant – Wong Poh. The signboard for Super Crab Aroma looked worn and tired, a big contrast to its next-door competitor’s big shiny one. And it has a sliding glass door… it’s air-conditioned interior, while a bit cramped, is comfortable enough.
Well, the crabs still have NOT arrived when we stepped in, so we were advised to order the other dishes first. We started off with their Crab Porridge which, according to the owner, used male-female crabs! Apparently, such species of crabs, although slightly smaller in size, have “enriched” roe – which is thicker and tastier. The soupy porridge is Teochew-style, grainy and delicious with the crabs boiled in it.
Finally, the crabs came. We promptly ordered their popular Butter Cheese Crabs… which came in a claypot. A thick layer of white creamy cheese covered the crustaceans with a sprinkling of aromatic fried garlic bits. If you are a cheese lover AND a crab lover, this dish will send you to crab heaven. The combination is quite deadly, hehe! The sweet crab meat went up several notches in the delicious scale, thanks to the fragrant butter and cheese .
I love octopus and when I saw this on their menu, I just had to order it. In fact, ordered 2 plates of it, cooked differently. One plain-boiled and tossed with fried garlic and the other saute’ed with dried chillies, dried shrimps and onions. Both were good as the baby octopuses were very fresh – they were sweet and succulent, with just a bit of juicy chewiness that enhanced the eating experience.
To balance out the meal, we had their Crispy Pork Knuckles and their Signature Tofu. The portion of pork knuckles was huge, so if you are dining in a small group, be prepared to “tapau” some of this home (which we did). The skin’s really crunchy and the sauce served with it had this appetite-whetting tang of spiciness (Thai-style and peppery!) and tartness that just compelled you to mop it up with the pieces of deep-fried mantou served on the side.
For some good old crabby indulgence, head over to this place and it’s good to book ahead as the place gets really packed in the evenings! Prices are decent … seafood items are charged at market rates (sorry, I can’t locate the receipt of this meal!)
Super Crab Aroma Seafood Restaurant
40 Jalan BM 1/2 Taman Bukit Mayang
47301 Petaling Jaya