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Hairy Crabs @ Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Hairy Crabs @ Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

“What did you eat for lunch today?” my colleague asked. “Mo mo hai,” I replied excitedly. He burst out laughing. Apparently, I got my intonation mixed up, so it sounded completely wrong. You get the gist. The hairy crab promotion at Lai Po Heen ends tomorrow (Nov 30, 2011) though. I meant to blog about this earlier but couldn’t find the time to do so. Oh well…if you don’t make it this year, there’s always next year to look forward to, right? :)

Steamed Hairy Crab

The crabs are delivered to the hotel twice a week and are about the size of a fist. Cheryl and I had the steamed version with ginger slivers and vinegar. Best part about this hairy crab experience? The waiter will serve the crabs to you opened (including the legs) so you don’t have to ruin your manicured fingers. The crab roe was incredibly rich, sweet and creamy, while the flesh is firm and sweet.

Oven Baked Stuffed Crab Shell with Diced Mushroom and Diced Pumpkin

I also enjoyed the ginger tea which is said to offset the ‘wind’ from eating crabs. Medicinal or not, it was yummy. Spicy, fragrant and not overly sweet. The Oven Baked Stuffed Crab Shell with Diced Mushroom and Diced Pumpkin was rich in flavour and had a lovely texture. That said, it was a bit of a waste as I couldn’t taste the natural flavour of the crabs.

Braised Bird’s Nest with Hairy Crab

Steamed Prawns Ball with Hairy Crab Meat and Roe in Egg White Sauce

We also tried the Braised Bird’s Nest with Hairy Crab (RM168). This was delicious, but I found the crab meat a bit scant in this one; especially for that price tag. The Steamed Prawns Ball with Hairy Crab Meat and Roe in Egg White Sauce was also quite tasty, but in a less exciting way.

Baked Chicken Char Siew Puff

Egg Tart

Cheryl was worried there was not enough to eat (but she forgot that I had a really really tight wedding gown to fit!) and ordered some dim sum for me. The baked chicken char siew puff was as good as always and so were the egg tarts. Lai Po Heen’s durian pancake is by far the best I’ve tried in KL — so luscious and generously packed with the king of fruits. I had one, and saved the other two for rif.

Lunch wasn’t cheap, but we’re talking hairy crabs here. And oh-mai-god they were good crabs…

Lai Po Heen
Mandarin Oriental,
Kuala Lumpur.
03 2179 8960


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4 Responses

  1. yikes, i think i’ve completely missed this year’s season without managing to have even a bite of hairy crab! argh! where does the time fly… :D

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Next year then!

      It was yummy. :D

  2. The first photo of the hairy crab’s roe in full glory is just droolworthy.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Damn yeah! Hehehehe….

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