The last few times I had such a large plethora of seafood at one sitting, they were at Singapore's large seafood restaurants like Long Beach, Red House and No Signboard.
This evening, I had the KL version at Bangsar Seafood Garden. Some of what we had:\
- Chilli crab: sweet, slightly spicy and very tomatoey. Singapore's chilli crabs used to taste like this, until the chilli quotient was upped a few thousand notches on the Scoville scale in Singapore roughly about a decade or so ago. I loved this Malaysian version, it was a taste of nostalgia - eventhough the fresh Malaysian crabs used for this dish was much smaller and yielded much less flesh than those huge Sri Lankan crabs which were de rigeur in Singapore; Aslo served on the side were deep-fried bread dough for moping up the thick, rich yummy sauce.
- Crabs stir-fried in salted duck's egg-yolk. Deliciously rich - almost cloyingly so, but I still preferred the chilli crabs for their sauce.
- Grilled freshwater prawns with garlic-butter. These prawns were HUGE, with the prawn-heads yielding some rich, tasty milt. Absolutely gorgeous!
- Pomfret cooked two-ways: one part was steamed, whilst some of the fillets were rolled around crunchy vegetables, battered and deep-fried till crisp & golden on the outside, deliciously moist on the inside. But the soysauce dip was a disappointment - I preferred the tomato-based relish dip usually served at places like Hua Zhu in Singapore for this dish;
- Seafood fried rice was eggy, with a "wok hei" flaor, and very well-done - I couldn't stop eating that!
- Gai lan vegetables cooked two-ways: stir-fried gai lan stems topped with shredded crisp-fried gai lan leaves. Simple but well-done;
- Dessert were peanut cream soup with a platter of crisp pancake filled with red beans. Nice :-)
Bangsar Seafood Garden
63 Jalan Ara
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2282 2555