Sunday, March 13, 2016

CRAB HUT DIVES IN AT CYBERJAYA




Fans of Crab Factory: Original Louisiana Boil residing in Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and nearby suburbs: Kajang, Bangi and Semenyih rejoice! You don’t have to go all the way to SS2 PJ or Brolly in KL now that Crab Hut has opened at Shaftsbury Square in Cyberjaya.

The spacious 80-seater restaurant boasts similar industrial chic d├ęcor like its sister flagship restaurant: chalkboard menus, bicycle wheels, long communal tables, cast iron chairs and tanks of live seafood, to evoke the same convivial atmosphere for your seafood feasting.
Pix courtesy of Crab Hut

Feistier sauces inspired by Malaysian and regional sauces rule at Crab Hut so that’s a plus point for seafood fanatics who prefer stronger, more piquant flavours to go with the wide variety of fresh seafood here.
At last count, there’s 16 types of seafood on the menu with four signature sauces: Zesty Lemon, Garlic Butter, tomato-based Jamba Jamba and Southern Bang. The last two veers from mild to hair-raising O’ly Crab and sweat-inducing Double Death (add RM5 to fire the sauces up).

Fork out another RM5 to set your tastebuds alight with Comel’s Round the World in 80 Sauces…the saucy additions are well worth it I tell ya! Current hot sauces comprise tongue-tickling Asam Pedas and Spicy Plum sauces until April. Then Thai Sambal and Sweet & Sour sauces will swoop in from May to July while Tom Yam and Curry heat up August to October. In the last quarter, take the heat from Jackfruit Curry and Lemak Cili Padi sauces.

Ordering is easy. Firstly, choose your preferred seafood in 300g OR 500g bag - you can go up to a maximum of 3 different types in a bag. Then select your sauce from the four staple sauces listed OR try the new "Comel's Round the World in 80 Sauces" (more on this later). Lastly, add in some bag buddies and the crew will set to work on your order.

Chilli fiends will find the heat is fully switched on should they decide to opt for the Asam Pedas Sauce – a butt-kicking chilli and tamarind concoction. We chowed down on Spanner Crabs (RM17 – 100g) and Yabbies (RM52 – 300g) and the sensorial meltdown came swiftly. Not for the faint-hearted this sauce.

A tinge of bright, fruity sweetness blunts the heat profile of the Spicy Plum Sauce just a little. We found it went surprisingly well with the succulent White Prawns (RM39 – 300g), Scallops (RM59 – 300g) and Mussels (RM28 – 300g). The seafood’s inherent sweetness remained discernible and our bag buddies of Corn (RM4.90) cobs and King Mushroom (RM8.90) soaked in plenty of the titillating sauce which we lapped up.

Crab Hut’s signature Southern Big Bang Sauce refreshed our memory of its firecracker hotness with a briny overtone. We savoured it drenched over Meat Crabs (RM69 depending size and weight) and Brown Crabs (RM17 per 100g). Superbly scrumptious but suffice to say there was more than we could handle. You can also sample them with Garlic Butter Sauce.

The Garlic Butter Sauce has always been a clear winner and its flabby, garlicky accent proved to be winsome with Japanese Hamaguri Clams (RM26 – 300g, RM39 – 500g). These imported babies are fleshier than local la la clams, with a nice toothsome bite to them.

A relatively new appetiser to sample is Salmon Sashimi (RM32) which I daresay can rival those from reputable Japanese restos. The thick slices, glistening with juicy moistness, hit the spot dipped in the house Southern Bang Sauce.
 

Not into raw stuff? Then chomp on crisp and sweet Fried Onion Petals (RM10.90) or strands of deep-fried battered Enoki (RM8.90). Carb lovers looking to add substance to their meal can look forward to Shallot Rice (RM5).

Just in case there’s an odd non-seafood eater or two with you in tow, Crab Hut still reels them in with BBQ Spring Chicken with Chamalla sauce (RM24.90). Rubbed with aromatic spices, the grilled chicken is a delectable, surefire crowd-pleaser for the young and young-at-heart. Salmon and beef steaks are the other viable options to consider.

While Malaysia has its nasi briyani, the Creole community in Louisiana has their jambalaya. Crab Hut’s Fried Jambalaya (RM25.90) should win local hearts and tummies with its soulful Spanish-French mash up of saffron-scented rice with chicken, prawns, spicy sausage and mussels in thick veggie sauce.

Befitting its name, crab lovers will find ample succour in Stuffed Crab (RM26.90), deep-fried whole then laced with spicy plum sauce. It’s a cheat’s way of eating crabs but if you’re too lazy to get your hands dirty, this is an agreeable alternative.

Otherwise, dive in and sink your teeth into Fried Soft Shell Crab Po’boy (RM22), the classic Louisiana submarine sandwich laden with lettuce, tomato, onion and chunks of deep-fried battered soft shell crab (prawn, oyster or chicken options available) to leave you replete.

Kids and pasta enthusiasts may like the hefty servings of Fried Soft Shell Crab Spaghetti Carbonara (RM23.90) or Prawn Aglio Olio (RM25.90). Complete with thick-cut fries and salad on the side, the dishes should go down well if you’re a hurry or in the mood for something simple.

Even the drinks deserve attention here. Creative and refreshing concoctions of fruit juices, sodas and flavoured syrups are aplenty. Priced at RM7.90 and RM8.90, you’d be spoiled for choice with JC’s Specialities such as Pineapple Lemonade, Watermelon & Lychee Smoothie, Rose Fruit Punch and Orange Mojito among others.


For reservations, call Crab Hut, tel: 03-8322 6861. Address: P2-25, Shaftsbury Square, Persiarana Multimedia, Cyberjaya 6.

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