In Good Taste: Celestial Court, Li Yen, and Makan Kitchen

By RIO ROSE RIBAYA
As the original was published on 16 October 2017

 

The month of October is usually associated with events and festivities such as Oktoberfest or Deepavali. Though Oktoberfest actually begins in September and the Hindu festival of light may sometimes be celebrated in November, there’s always one thing that Malaysian foodies constantly look forward to around this time of the year: the crab season.

Until the mid-November, hotels and restaurants will be importing these delectable crustaceans from Shanghai or Colombo to give joy to those who have been daydreaming about its creamy and decadent crab roes for months. So, do make most out of their special appearance in these good dining venues in the city in the next four weeks. They won’t be hanging around till Christmas.

Sri Lankan crab galore at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur’s Celestial Court 

Celestial Court at Sheraton Imperial
Celestial Court’s wok-fried salted egg crab is coated in a thin layer of browned butter and salted egg yolk batter.

The dish: Sheraton Imperial’s Executive Chinese Chef Ho Boon’s wok-fried crab in salted egg yolk (RM22 per 100 grams) eclipsed six other dishes that feature Sri Lankan crab at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur. These large yet crunchy mud crabs had white, tender meat with a tinge of sweetness that blended harmoniously with the creamy and salted flavours from the butter and salted egg yolk. It’s a big crowd favourite and it won’t be called a Celestial Court signature dish for nothing.

The place: With a venue that reflects the elegance and grandeur of China’s royal dynasties, this grand Cantonese restaurant uses fresh produce to prepare the simplest of Cantonese cuisine or a gourmet of Cantonese delights with seasonal delicacies.

Celestial Court, Level 2, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2717 9900

Exquisite hairy crabs at The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur’s Li Yen Restaurant

Li Yen
Specially flown in from Shanghai, the hairy crabs served at Li Yen originated from the Chang Jiang River.

The dish: Indulging in steamed whole hairy crabs (RM380 per 300 grams) at Li Yen was perhaps the most luxurious dining experience you’ll have in a while. There will be no stressing over how to crack open the small crustaceans as deft staff (flown in from The Ritz-Carlton in China) will remove the shells, and neatly line up the long and thin crab leg meats in a small plate for you. We enjoyed the significant amount of rich and creamy red-orange roes and the crab meat is sweet enough to savour on its own.

The place: This award-winning Cantonese restaurant is known for its wide selection of premium traditional Chinese teas that are accompanied by daily dim sum lunch. It’s a non-halal restaurant and guests will enjoy dining in one of its private dining rooms that can accommodate more than 100 guests at once. You can enjoy the Exquisite Hairy Crabs menu until 10 November.

Li Yen, Level 2, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, No. 168, Jalan Imbi, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3-2142 8000

Chili crab at Makan Kitchen

Makan Kitchen
Makan Kitchen uses fresh crabs that are caught from Selayang in their mouth-watering chili crab dish.

The dish: Spice lovers can also enjoy crab according to their flavour preference. In DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s market style restaurant, we asked the chefs for chili crab from its fresh seafood spread of 10 dishes. Made from Selayang crabs, the Chinese dish tasted rich sweet taste but with slight heat coming from the chilies.

The place: Makan Kitchen showcases a diverse spread of Malaysian cuisine and lets guests experience a journey of seeing raw ingredients go from pan to plate with an interactive kitchen shows. This DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur restaurant offers For The Love of Seafood until 25 November.

Makan Kitchen, DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur, The Intermark, No. 348, Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2172 7272

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