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Le Hou's $6 Crab Is Stll Alive!

CYL | Apr 6, 200506:58 PM

A posting in February by Melanie Wong reported upon cheap crab at Le Hou's Restaurant in S. F. It took me a while to try it, but I just came back from Le Hou this morning. A $6 crab sign written in Chinese was still posted on the front window. Inside, another sign was posted on the wall indicating $6 for a small crab and $9 for a large crab. I ordered a small crab and requested that it prepared salt pepper style. The waitress accepted my order without hesitation. When the crab came, I was surprised in that it was more of a medium rather than a small crab. The batter was thin, light, and very crispy. The seasoning was perfect - spicy with salt, pepper, jalapeno pepper flakes and bits of roasted garlic, but not overpowering so. The meat of the crab was juicy and truly reflected a fresh, live crab. The crab overwhelmingly exceeded my expectations and I'd have to say it rated excellent on an absolute scale. At only $6, it was an unexpected, unbelievable bargain!I have had salt pepper crabs at Parc Hong Kong several times (whose new cook presumably was at R & G Lounge) and at Best Panda earlier this year (cheap, but not even as cheap as today) and today's crab was by far the best! It was so good that I cannot imagine the next one being any better!

We also chose to sample the duck broth yee foo wonton. The won ton was good and tasty, but the tibits of roast duck and the duck broth was lacking in taste. Although it was good overall, it was slightly disappointing.

A special chicken, mushroom, Chinese sausage claypot combinaton that we ordered took considerable time in coming (maybe because it was not a standard menu listing) came dry (overcooked?) and lacking in taste.

Stick with the salt pepper crab, if you can - try ordering a large one for only three bucks more!


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