Fatty Crab

What we say: 3.5 stars

Fatty Crab is a name on Kuala Lumpur‘s seafood circuit that any self-respecting seafood lover ought to know. It’s impossible to miss with the crowds waiting outside to dine here; even with two floors of seating, you may need to wait more than an hour on weekends for a table. The best strategy is to either go early (before 20:00), late (after 21:30), or dine here on weekdays when the throngs of people thin out just a little.

Don't wear your favourite white T-shirt.

This is no-frills dining at its best. Expect plastic chairs and hole-spotted tablecloths, which translates here to meaning great attention paid on the Chinese-style food instead. Appearances don’t matter so much here, because once you’ve tasted their signature dish of sweet and sour crab, you’ll be blinded to such trifles.

Even during the peak hours of dinner, the Fatty Crab staff are attentive and prompt; while you may have to wait a while for a table, your meal should arrive promptly once you’ve ordered. To quell hunger pangs, you can order from two stalls set up within the restaurant: try a plate of fried chicken wings (14 ringgit) or better yet, enjoy century eggs (2 ringgit each), a Chinese delicacy served with slices of pickled ginger.

Best enjoyed with a dozen of your closest pals.

The family-owned restaurant has been serving seafood dishes for more than 20 years but it’s the spicy sweet and sour crab that draws both foreign and local patrons here. Expect to pay 60 ringgit and above for a plate of the delicious crabs. The secret gravy that it comes with should be completely mopped up with toasted bread (2.40 ringgit for a plate). As a side dish, order the fried rice for 10 ringgit, which may seem plain on its own, but makes for a great base – mix in some of the sweet and sour gravy and some steamed fish for a flavourful transformation. The menu may be limited, but it’s a no-frills, good food restaurant that doesn’t have to rely on variety.

Anticipate getting your hands dirty from using the seemingly archaic tools to get the crabs open. It’s a messy feast and just the experience is almost as good as what’s being served to you.

If you can get over the colour, century eggs here are some of the best in KL.

Compared to other seafood restaurants in KL, the prices here are surprisingly average and affordable, making this a good choice for family and group outings.

Contact details
No. 2 Jalan SS 24/13, Taman Megah Petaling Jaya
T: (03) 7804 5758
Open: Open 17:00-23:15 (closed Mondays)
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