Friday, March 25, 2011

Hong Kong Eats - Part VI

The hustle and bustle of Causeway Bay. We're going in search of spicy crab!

In Hong Kong there are many places that feature Spicy Crab. The place we're going to is called Under Bridge Spicy Crab. 

It originated as a small stall under a bridge, near a typhoon shelter. Around Causeway Bay there used to be a great deal of dancing clubs. I was told that when people came out they bought food from the vendors, one of them being Spicy Crab. 

Behold, crabs! 
Their claws are bound to their bodies, to there is no pinching or loss of appendages when they're moved or scuffle with each other. 

Mmmmm... Eel!

Ah, mantis prawns! They're also known as 'pissing shrimp'... but Mantis Prawn just sounds so much better.
They're weird looking critters and spiny and sharp, but damn, are they good. 


Inside the restaurant. I love the lanterns.

A gathering of family and friends!

Clams cooked up in spices and black bean sauce. The clams were very fresh and had tender, sweet flesh. The sauce was not too thick or thin, coating the clams perfectly. The little bite of spice at the end was nice. 

Water spinach with dried scallops and mushrooms. 
We needed some veggies on the table ^_-

Shrimp, very simply cooked with a little oil and salt. 
Quickly stirfried and served while piping hot. 

The best thing about shrimp being served whole is the head. 
I love, love, looooooooooove eating shrimp heads.

SNAILS! Boiled sea snails, simple and tasty. A little chewy, but tender and rich. 
Snails may seem a little off putting, but don't knock it till you try it. 
They're surprisingly good.  

You pull the little snails out of their shells with a toothpick. 

And it looks like this!
Then you eat it!

The shells really pile up...

TA DAAA!!!! Spicy Crab is made from live crabs, quartered, fried with chinese peppers and served underneath a HEAPING pile of deep fried garlic and scallions. 

It's a little hard to tell that there is a goldmine of sweet, juicy crab under there, but there is.
It's a hell of a lot of garlic. Delicious, delicious garlic... 


That's one massive claw. 

That's excitement right there! 
Or... something else... like hunger? Anticipation? Seafood euphoria?
In any case, she's happy to have it.

Mantis prawns served in a similar manner to the crab. The fried garlic seemed to have a lot more hot chilies than the crab. But that's good, I am very fond of spicy. 

His close-up.

Weird looking dude, huh?

The aftermath...!

To clean our hands we god bowls of tea with lemon in it. It does a good job, and your hands come out smelling nice, despite the seafood.

Fruit for the dessert is always nice. Juicy watermelon is a great way to end a finger licking meal.

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