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Growing up on an island and having relatives who were fishermen definitely does instill some love for seafood in me from a young age. Hence, Crab Factory being one of our destinations for the short food trip to Johor Bahru definitely helped encouraged me to participate in this fun little blogger get-together.

Update: Crab Factory at Johor Bahru is permanently closed.

Crab Factory at Little Paris, Johor Bahru
Crab Factory at Little Paris, Johor Bahru

I’ve been to the original Crab Factory outlet at PJ SS2 about a year prior and enjoyed the experience tremendously, so the expectation was certainly up there for this visit down south.

The restaurant is located at Little Paris, JB’s attempt at replicating the famous city in France with tastefully thought out architecture, I must say overall the small development area looks rather neat.

For the afternoon, we sampled three different sauces – Signature Southern Bang, Creamy Lemak, and seemingly flavor of 2017 for many dishes these days – Salted Egg.

crab, shrimps, or squid?
crab, shrimps, or squid?

For those who hasn’t tried the Louisiana style seafood dining before, the experience can be quite fun. Your seafood is basically poured directly on the table and you use your bare hands & fingers to dig in. There’s no bowls, plates, or forks & knifes, but thankfully, a little hammer & clamp is provided for those pesky crab claws.

pour it all on the table and lets get messy
pour it all on the table and lets get messy

As for pricing, there are 3 different value meals to choose from – Crab Lover Shiok (2-3 pax), Crab Lover Party (4-5 pax), and Crab Lover Giler (7-9 pax) priced at RM 49.90 or RM 59.90 per pax. Pretty decently priced for the experience and premium ingredients I thought.

what's your favorite sauce?
what’s your favorite sauce?

Having sampled all three sauces, I find myself gravitate towards the classic Southern Bang, with it’s cajun spice, lemon, garlic, and herbs contributing just enough to the fresh seafood. Creamy Lemak makes for good sauce base if you love to have some deep friedmantao with. As for the Salted Egg sauce, well, could perhaps be a bit stronger to give it that extra kick.

To be honest though, I also kinda missed the original butter garlic sauce, of course you could order yours that way.

map to Crab Factory, Little Paris, Johor Bahru

Crab Factory
G14, Block B,
jalan jaya putra 1/1,
Bandar Jaya Putra,
81100 Johor Bahru, Johor
GPS1.567581, 103.776728
Tel: 07-351 4062
HoursTues-Sun: 12pm – 10pm, closed on Mondays

Discuss : KY eats – Crab Factory, Little Paris, Johor Bahru [Closed]

  1. Haven’t gone to try the shell-out that we have here. There’s one place that uses banana leaf to line the table. I would prefer that to paper.

  2. KY, your some what crab boil looked more tasty than ones from the states. More different type of seasoning used and sauces too. What kind of crabs did they used?

    • Vickie: these are mud crabs, and some of the best mud crabs are from Malaysia and Sri Lanka. I think you can’t really get mud crabs in the States unfortunately.

  3. Crabs crabs crabsssss!

    Happy New Year KY and family! Rock on!!

  4. congrats to crab factory for expanding south! after this, maybe they can also conquer the north! 😀

  5. tried the one @ Brolly but too bad already tapao-ed! Like it pretty much but I overheard someone from the next table during my meal uttering something like this when the packet of seafood was poured in front of them. Aiyo, pay so much and feel like eating a garbage oh… hahah! Come to think of it..

  6. It’s my first time trying this and I like the concept because I like to eat with my hands!

  7. I can see you’re pretty happy with the size of that claw.

  8. Yeah, I’ve tried the one in SS2…it was nice….but expensive (they didn’t have value sets then).

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