Sunday, October 29, 2006

King Crab @ Taman Mewah Jaya

After reading about this place at masak-masak and passing by this place everytime we're on the LDP on the way to Sunway, we decided to give King Crab a try. Its very easy to get there, the restaurant is basically along the LDP opposite the Kelana Jaya LRT station. You will not miss this place, trust me!

After reaching, we were amazed by the size of the place. After taking our seat and ordering, we went to have a look into the live seafood tanks. They had snow crabs, various fishes, mud crabs and geoduck just to name a few. Incidently, we sat right in front of the bbq pits and saw them cooking what looked like salt encrusted tilapia fish. Looks quite good but we notice it takes quite some time to cook as they started cooking one when we sat down and it was only served after we finished our meal and paid our bill.

Anyway, back to our food!!.....

The first of our dishes to arrive was the green vege. We ordered stir fried spinach. I throughly enjoyed this dish. I do love spinach!!! This one was nice: soft but still slightly crunchy.

Next to arrive was the simply bbq'ed mud crabs. I love crabs done this way as it retains their natural sweetness and taste. We left it for quite some time before we started eating this so it was cold when started but nevertheless it was GOOD!!!

Next to arrive was the tom yam prawns. The prawns and some of the soup was served in a coconut while the rest of the soup was served in a normal bowl. Lots of prawns and the soup was quite good. We did notice this was sligthly cold when it arrived. It was alright but the prawns could have been fresher.

-Tofu Delivery King- has been wanting to eat Shanghai Hairy Crabs for some time now. So, when he saw they served this elusive crabs, he ordered two. It was alright, I find it about the same as normal mud crabs, the only difference to me is the price! One of these babies cost RM58 while the whole plate of bbq'ed mud crabs (two crabs) only cost about RM33. However, -Tofu Delivery King- did really enjoy this. Difference of opinion ok!? :p

The next dish is the Guiness Pork Ribs. These were delicious!!! The meat was not overly cooked therefore resulting in a nicely springy meat with the sweetish Guiness Stout sauce. It was really really good!!

The last dish to arrive is the deep fried Salted Egg Yolk Sotong. This was a dish everyone at the table really enjoyed. It was super crispy with the fragrance and taste of the salted egg yolk. Heavenly!!!!

Overall a very enjoyable dinner. We will return to try the other stuff on offer especially that salt crusted bbq tilapia fish (we should have gotten their number so that we can call and order ahead since we saw it takes very long to cook).

Makan Kings ratings - 7 out of 10

-BKT King-

Friday, October 20, 2006

Sticky Fingers @ Columbia, South Carolina, United States

Okay readers, is time for overseas post!!! One of the makankings is in US. It is quite hard to get some good pork ribs in Malaysia, as you know most of the restaurant in Malaysia is Halal, therefore they don’t serve pork. The first thing I did in US is to look for a good BBQ ribs restaurant. After I checked in to my hotel, I take some advice from the receptionist on BBQ ribs restaurant. She introduced the “Stickey Fingers” which is a couple of miles away from the hotel. I was also offered a coupon from the hotel where I can get half dozen (6 pcs) of their famous Hickery-Smoked Wings for free.

Sticky Fingers are known for their authentic Memphis style ribs and barbecue in the South. Sticky Fingers is a food chain and they have their restaurant in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and the most in South Carolina which is the place that I am in now. Sticky Fingers is famous for their hickory smoked ribs, wings and the five signature BBQ sauces.

When I first walked into the restaurant, there are lots of people having their dinner. I was asked for smoking preferences and after that they showed me to the table. Not all restaurants here have smoking area for smokers. A waiter come over and introduces himself and asked me is it my first time here. Yup, this is my first time, and then he brings over a sampler of ribs without any sauce and let me try on all the five sauces before I make my order.

After tried with all the different sauces, I ordered the Carolina Sweet. This BBQ sauces is sweeten with honey. The half slab of the ribs is USD 13.99 and by adding another USD 5.00, you will get a full slab. Of course, I ordered a full slab since they tasted so goooooddd……… I also handed over the coupon that I get earlier from the hotel receptionist.

The first thing served on to the table was the half dozen of Hickory Smoke Wings. It came with dips and the dip on the right was very good (blue cheese). The wings are crispy at the outside and very juicy in the inside. It was so delicious and if I didn’t order a full slab, I might consider ordering another portion of the wings. The wings are different from the Buffalo wings at Hooters and Wong Ah Wah chicken wings in Jalan Alor. The wings served here had their own style and believe me, you will love it.

As soon as I finish eating the wings, the main course is served, Full Slab of Carolina Sweet Memphis Style Ribs. According to the waiter their ribs are smoked daily over aged Hickory wood before they BBQ it. That is why they are special and delicious. The meats are just so tender and juicy, you can feel the sweet honey and BBQ sauce on the ribs. The full slab is a very huge portion, as you can see from the picture, the ribs can’t really fit into the plate. So you can imagine how big portion it is. But I finished them all, because they were just too good. I think it took me around 30 minutes to finish them, I am going to do it again before I leave this place…….. hehehe

The total bill including tips cost me USD 27.00, it is on the expensive side but to me it is worth every single penny. Overall, I would say it was a very good and delicious ribs dinner.

Makan Kings’ rating: 8.5/10

Cheers Mate,
-Wasabi King-