Chinese cuisine is my least favourite cuisine when it comes to dinner parties mainly because there’s not much selection around KL and generally is expensive (well at least that’s my perception). However, a lot of elders prefer the traditional Chinese food hence after considering back and forth, I’ve decided to book a table at Causeway Bay Chili Crab for my mom’s birthday.
Causeway Bay Spicy Crab has been around since 2010 (since a lot of bloggers blog about it back then) and is located opposite Souled Out Café. We were expecting a huge crowd on Sunday night but it turns out that there’s not much diner there. The interior is contempory designed with ample spacing between tables. We ordered as soon as we were seated since we have got 2 kids around. A lot of the dishes that we ordered are medium size so some I ended up eating half a piece, like the ribs below.
Honey Garlic Fried Pork Ribs (RM28) is the first dish to arrive. Tenderized meat with honey and garlic flavor, the perfect starter although I could only sample half a piece.
Since I can’t take any crabs, my next best alternative will be to order something that I can eat, but mimic similarly to how they cook their crab dishes. Hence the Dried Fried Eels with Garlic & Chili (RM26), prepared the Typhoon Shelter way. Looks like there’s tons of garlic being used, but there’s no a tinge of bitterness is the fried garlic. The eel is crunchy and nice, a great dish for someone who like me. Do note though that the garlic & chili is spicy so if you can’t take spicy food, I will suggest ordering the mildest of the lot.
Homemade Beancurd (RM40) despite being one of their signature dishes, lacked the presentation of a signature dish. The beancurd is filled with a mixture of seafood mix and it’s good for someone like Jasmin or Kayden.
Sauteed Frogs in XO Sauce (RM35) is another dish I ordered for myself. The Hong Kees love their XO sauce hence there’s lot of Hong Kong style dishes that add it in. I find the dish slightly salty (although it’s mainly because of the XO sauce) and the frog is boney, but nevertheless something different from the way we cook it here in Malaysia.
The Vege with Salted & Preserved Egg (RM38) looked almost like a Wat Dan Hor.
Fried Noodle (RM28) was suppose to be a tummy filler but it’s full of wok hei.
Their signature dish, the Bei Fong Tong Crab (Typhoon Shelter Crab) at RM180 (RM100 for a big crab and RM80 for a medium crab). Like the eel dish, you can select the spiciness level and we opt for medium. The fried garlic and chili were abundance and the flavor was completely absorbed by the crab making a very tasty crab meat. Something that you don’t find often in KL.
The 2nd crab dish we ordered is the Baked Crab with Salted Egg Yolk (also RM180), where the egg yolk is crispy and crunchy even Kayden likes it. However, the flesh was not a flavorful compare to the earlier dish but nevertheless, still something very different.
After a satisfying meal, we were greeted with free longan dessert, a great way to cool down with all the spiciness from the crab.
Here’s a video of Kayden and Kendric singing the birthday song.
Overall, I think it’s a pretty decent dinner, although I do find that the servers there sometime got lost in translation. Being an American Express card member, you get 20% off all dishes (except the crab ones) so the total bill was about RM630, pretty reasonable price for 13 of us. Although I might not be able to savor the crabs, I don’t mind paying a visit for the eels!
Causeway Bay Spicy Crab
26G & 26-1, Jalan 30/70A (Opposite Souled Out Café)
Desa Sri Hartamas
Tel: 03-6205 2280
Opening Hours: 1130am-3pm and 6pm-1130pm