Flower crabs or blue swimmer crabs from Tanjung Karang, Selangor and local coastal waters will take centrestage at Vasco’s throughout April for the Crab Chowdown promotion. Crab enthusiasts will find Vasco's chefs have pulled out the stops in rustling up a versatile showcase of Chinese, Malay, Japanese, Indian and Thai specialities to whet the appetite.
In keeping with its Travel with Purpose commitment, the culinary team is ensuring its crab and seafood supply are responsibly sourced, used and served in their efforts to preserve the enviroment. Hence the crabs will be procured from the coasts of Selangor, Johor and Sarawak.
For openers, the inventive appetiser of Kerabu Ketam with Avocado strikes a harmonious chord where East meets West tastefully. Another stellar showstopper is the soul-satisfying Crabmeat Soup with Cordycep Flowers — coming from yours truly who isn’t big on soup, this broth hits the spot!
Do keep your eyes peeled for notable tummy pleasers such as crunchy Deep-fried Baby Crabs with a dash of Vasco’s special sauce and Soft-shell Crab Maki (both laver-wrapped and ebikko-crusted made reverse-roll style).
The crabs’ natural sweetness also make them a shoo-in for Indian-style cooking; both the smoky Tandoori Crabs and the piquant Chettinad flavoured Xec Xec Crabs get our thumbs up. In addition, there’s a tempting Goan Crab Curry to boot.
Chilli and spice fiends will find ample satisfaction from flower crabs freshly cooked in a choice of Thai tom yum or white coconut gravy with oyster mushroom and complementing condiments.
Milder and rendered with minced garlic and mixed spices, the Kam Heong Crabs and Hong Kong-style Crabs pass muster. Alas, the Black Pepper Crabs misses the mark as the dish tastes a tad sweet for our liking and lacks that necessary ‘bite’ to be of interest.
Priced at RM178 nett per person, the Crab Chowdown at Vasco’s is available from 1-30 April daily from 6pm to 10.30pm. Add RM100 nett per person for Vasco’s beverage package for free flow of Tiger beer, selected house wine and soft drinks.