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I usually make it a point to not review the same restaurant more than once, but when Kong called me up and told me about the hairy crab menu at Dragon-i, temptations got the better of my crab/crap policy.

The first time I had hairy crab (Chinese mitten crab 大閘蟹) was at Restaurant King Crab almost 2 years ago. It gave me a impression not entirely unlike the first taste of foie gras, the roe/juice from hairy crab has a very unique richness and taste.

hairy crab set menu at Dragon-i
The hairy crab set menu goes for RM128 nett, not for the faint hearted

Hairy crab served at Dragon-i is harvested and air flown weekly from Tai Lake, China. The season starts at around September and runs through December every year.

The set menu is priced at RM 128 nett per person (min 3 pax) with six dishes – steamed Shanghainese hairy crab, steamed Shanghainese crab roe dumpling (xiao long pao), double-boiled superior chicken soup with fish maw & bamboo pith, sauteed fresh vegetable with crab roe, yong chow fried rice, and sesame dumpling with ginger soup.

hairy crabs (Chinese mitten crabs)
the crab is steamed and then masterfully prepared for your consumption

As with most classic Chinese dinners, we started out with the double boiled superior chicken soup with fish maw and bamboo pith. The soup was subtle yet sophisticated, I really love the big slab of fish maw and different texture given by the bamboo pith. Adding a little bit of soya sauce makes it rather tasty.

double boiled superior chicken soup, vegetable with crab roe, yong chow fried rice
double boiled soup, vegetable with crab roe, yong chow fried rice

Next up was the sauteed vegetable with crab roe, a simple and unassuming looking dish that turned out to be very good. The richness and crab roe balanced by fresh green vegetable that is sauteed ever just slightly. A very good combination.

Dragon-i’s famous xiao long pao was served next. Only this time they’re topped with crab roe much like the style more associated with Japanese food. I particularly like the tiny tray with a handle they used to hold the xiao long pao, even the ginger in vinegar is meticulously chopped.  Every strand is equal in length and width.

steamed shanghainese dumplings
cheesie showing the xiao long pao topped with crab roe

Yong Chow fried rice was served just before the hairy crab itself. Although a relatively common fried rice dish you can find basically in any Chinese restaurant in Malaysia, the fried rice at Dragon-i was something else. Prepared by chef Kung Yu Hung who is actually from Yangzhou (that’s Yong Chow in Mandarin) itself, the rice is fried with bits of char siu, egg, green onion, prawn, and of course, hairy crab meat. It is on par with the excellent fried rice I had at Elegant Inn.

hairy crab, sesame glutinous rice dumpling
chef Kung Yu Hung, KY, glutinous rice dumpling with sesame

The main dish of the day, hairy crab, was up next. Simply steamed with no extra ingredients added, the crab is then prepared by our very professional server. The shell is opened, each leg is then cut and the crab meat pushed slightly outwards, the pincers too were cracked for easier consumption.

We had a male crab of about 200+ gram (female for the roe, male has more meat) each. The “kou”, technically not roe since these were male crabs, was supremely rich and savory. They are similar to “kou” found in the mud crab we are more familiar with but several order tastier, for the lack of a better description. The meat too was sweet and very delicious.

group picture at Dragon-i, the curve
Kong (left) and fellow comrades who enjoyed the lunch session

We capped the day by having sesame dumpling with ginger soup as dessert, the ginger soup was something good to wash the tongue off any lingering seafood taste, and the sesame dumpling was rather good too.

Overall it was a very satisfying food review session that was only made better by the company we were with. Meena (who was shortlisted on Nuffnang Awards for best food blog), KampungboyCitygirl, fatboybakes,  Cumi&Ciki, and more were there and everyone had a great time.

6 Jalan PJU 7/3
Lot 136 & 137, 1F
Mutiara Damansara, PJ, Selangor

GPS: 3.157699, 101.611540
Tel: 03-7728 6888

The hairy crab menu ca n also be found at Dragon-i outlets located at Pavilion, Mid Valley, 1 Utama, Sunway Pyramid, and Queensbay Mall in Penang.

Discuss : Hairy Crab Set Menu at Dragon-i

  1. The Hairy Crab and the Siu Long Bao sure looks good! It’s great that we can eat all this here in KL too.

  2. JD,
    Yah, awesome stuff!

  3. Nice! Hairy crab…had that in Korea as well as Alaskan King Crab. I can’t find the latter here though and I suspect I don’t want to. The prices are insane!

  4. i was expecting the crab to be hairier hehe

  5. Huai Bin,
    Ooo Alaskan King Crab would indeed be very pricey!

    Hahha, the leg’s hairy 😛

  6. Hey KY, nice to meet you. Just reviewed it too. 😉 Good to put a face to the name 🙂

  7. hmmm….dammit makes me wanna change plan this friday to whack this kinda crab instead. RM 128 dapat berapa Ketam ?

  8. Nigel Skelchy,
    Likewise! 😀

    Of course, one crab. hehee

  9. The food’s presented so well! Hungry T.T

  10. Chef Mel,
    Yesss, I want some now too!

  11. Ring’s bag looks like Doraemon’s bag! hehehe 😛

  12. fwarr.. u very da fast hor.. love the closeup shot of the half eaten balls!

  13. yeah Hairy crab ze best! Just had one yesterday too! yumms

  14. Lyrical Lemongrass

    Thanks for sending over that extra hairy crabby. 😀 Mmmuakkkkssss.

  15. Tey Cindy,
    Hahhaha true

    Heheh thanks thanks. Fast isn’t always a good description for a guy. :X

    Wooo yums!

    Lyrical Lemongrass,
    Hahaha only for you, Meena!

  16. yo nice meeting u again! there’s a lot of dirty jokes going around our table over the lunch lol

  17. kampungboycitygal,
    Ooo, that’s due to Meena right? LOL

  18. Roast pigeon at Canton-i next!

  19. 1st time hear got hairy crab..but the set meal is reasonable lei~

  20. Kong,
    oOo tempting @.@

    Ahh, learn something new everyday 😉

  21. it’s time of the season again!!! Last year I had it at King Crab… let’s see where can I eat it this year…

  22. Mizz Sharon

    Wow, yum, crab! It has been awhile since I’ve last eaten crab, I shud too, soon =)

  23. Leo,
    Make it happen! 😀

    Mizz Sharon,
    Do it 😛

  24. it looks wonderfull.. but so is the price..

  25. cindy: u mean like his pocket ah. wtf.



    “love the closeup shot of the half eaten balls!”

    WHO HOLD THAT FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Ok i should stop typing liddat. Ppl think im on drugs later.

  29. Jac,
    Yaaa, that’s how much hairy crab costs this season

    LoL why are u so hyper!

  30. and i had no idea male crabs have roes, for i thought they are supposed to be eggs.
    only after reading FBB’s post ….
    now i’d rather choose the female crabs though. *_*

  31. J2Kfm,
    Hahaha just embrace it only!

  32. Hi KY & cheesie , really nice to meet up with ur guys last weekend~

  33. nice to meet up with u and others…

  34. Lyrical Lemongrass

    Wei, where I tell dirty jokes wan? 😛

  35. michelle,
    Nice to meet you too!

    The feeling is mutual 😉

    Lyrical Lemongrass,
    ahh your reputation precedes you. 😛

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  37. dragoncity

    crap!! I miss the crab.

  38. dragoncity,
    still available!

  39. KY when you going to bone Cheesie. I know you want to

  40. Have you ever come across FoodKingdom? A social network for Food lovers like you.

  41. Harris,
    Wah you can read minds? lol

    Er.. no.

  42. omg the siu long pau tray is so cute!!! can i have the picture of it? wanna upload it on fb

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