Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Dragon-i , The Curve - Hairy Crab Promotion

sticky and icky.. I wonder if I am a hairy female or hairy male..
(if I am female.. someone please kindly pass me the razor) .

Oh! I am MALE.. and I am told.. i do not ooze ROE..

When one is called for a review on the Hairy Crab, specially flown weekly from the famous Tai Lake in China, one normally does not say no;) The latest promotion at Dragon-i, that is highly seasonal and is subject to availability, is the Hairy Crab set menu that costs RM 128.00/person (min 3 pax) with six dishes – Steamed shanghainese hairy crab, steamed shanghainese crab roe dumpling (xiao long bao a.k.a. XLB) , double-boiled chicken soup with fish maw & bamboo pith, sauteed fresh vegetable with crab roe, chinese fried rice, and for dessert, sesame dumpling in ginger soup.

Hairy Crabs (a.k.a. Dazha crab or Chinese mitten crab) are so named because their front claws have a thick mass of hair. While the crabs are considered the main delicacy of a meal, they usually do not appear in a traditional Chinese meal until the very end, after all the other dishes have been served.

Everyone tends to have his or her own style in tackling the crab to get to the meat. Most tend to eat the legs first because the flesh is pushed out of the shell and placed back in the shell again, intact. This makes eating the legs the easiest of tasks. After that, everyone rips into the shell bits, and eats pretty much everything else. The orange part is the roe and considered the best part. Crabs are considered to be yin (cold foods), so to balance it you eat them by dipping into vinegar with ginger and if you have Chinese wine to go with it, even better.

If you ask me, the set price of RM128 is a real steal because the taste is just out of this world. After fighting with the shell to get to the delicate pieces of meat and juicy roe, you want the taste to be worth all the effort. Although pricey, it truly is a Shanghainese dish that everyone needs to try at least once. The male roe is actually, ahem, sperm and is thick and gooey in consistency and heavy with feeling! We sampled the female hairy crab with the vegetables - sweet and succulent but less thick in texture. This was delicious too. The other dish I thoroughly enjoyed was the XLB. The less gamy taste (as it was not beef nor pork but rather crab meat) and the sweetness of the crab meat was uniquely pleasurable! Words cannot describe it - you best check it out for yourselves!

Kampung Boy and City Girl I have known for close to two years now, but hardly get the chance to meet up. I LOVE this couple, they are so cute! It was great seeing the dynamic blogging duo again, after so long.

I was also happy to meet Shell Food Station in person finally!.. and a new friend, Squall. I nearly fainted when Cheesie of Cheeserland and KY of KYSpeaks walked into the room. Being a real kipas (fan) of both blogs, it was really fun to chat and meet up with them in real life. They are both extremely friendly and down to earth people. So now I have more friends. Yay!

Thank you, Kong WK of PRKraft and Dragon-I for the invite. This was a great lunch and a fantastic weekend meet up with bloggers!

The Curve,
6 Jalan PJU 7/3,
Lot 136 & 137, 1F,
Mutiara Damansara,
PJ, Selangor
Tel: 03-7728 6888

Forgive me if I act a little crabby.. I have just been turned inside out... and I AM afterall, a reconstructed crab!

read other reviews here, here .. and HERE!


Anonymous said...

How cum so fast Dec dy?

CUMI & CIKI said...

LOL.. i wanna go on holiday that's why! (no la, clicked the wrong date - thx for spotting!)

superwilson said...

Crabs were hairy indeed. It looks pretty good as well.

J said...

Oh goodness. First cocks and now crab sperm? Haha...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

rm128 does sound quite ok wor..remember eating last time 1 also around 60-70 per piece..that is surely one very expensive spoonful of sperm!

qwazymonkey said...

my god, that's a lil of a wank. Crab cum looks...errr gunky.

And don't think a razor is enough for these hairy crabs!

eiling lim said...

Yummy... I love the mitten crabs but sadly they are expensive and only available in Sept & Oct of the chinese lunar calendar.

backStreetGluttons said...

the male thingee definitely got more feeeel for the ladies and the black hair must be oomphed back all da way . after all its the Dragon Heat 1

thule a.k.a leo said...

each and every floggers were seen armed with their own weapons!! flashes and clicks were seen and heard throughout the Mow Hai, Hai Mow reviews... lol!!!

ai wei said...

oh, what a great food outing! i love the hair hair crab. and had it once only... miss it a lot!!!!!!!!!

Shell (貝殼) said...

It's really nice to meet up with you guys last weekend~~
You guys really act fast! Photos all posted already. I guess I'm the last one to post them.

squall said...

nice to meet you up last saturday...

~Christine~Leng said...

I've never had any of these hairy crustaceans before. would love to have them one day. :)