Wednesday, January 02, 2013

OCEAN DEEP



Top shellfish...Abalone is it!

Live fish, prawns, clams, crabs, lobsters, oysters, abalones and other exotic ocean denizens in tiers of glass display tanks are the main lure the minute you step into Unique Seafood restaurant. Akin to a bustling seafood market, your preferred catch of the day is swiftly weighed and cooked to order once selected.
Live seafood from around the world reel in foodies at Unique
A testament to the success of self-made entrepreneur Wong Keong Fook, the Unique group is Malaysia’s biggest seafood importer and wholesaler today. 

Unique group of restaurants' CEO Benson Koh says, "Malaysians are partial to crabs. That's why our Baked Big Meat Crabs (imported from Indonesia) with Salted Egg Yolk (from RM88/kg) has always been a perennial best-seller. Coming in a close second is Chilli Crab (from RM88/kg) inspired by our neighbour down south."
Salted egg yolk crusted crab...briny good!
Personally I find the crusty coating of salted egg yolk the crabs' carapace difficult to sample unless one throws caution to the wind, ditches one's polite table manners and starts licking and lapping up the briny bits before devouring the sweet flesh. Being the real pro that I am, I simply couldn't bring myself to claw and gobble my way through on this occasion.
Saucy temptation that leaves you begging for more
The Chilli Crab fared much better; its piquant, unctuous garlicky-spicy-sweet sauce threaded with tender tendrils of beaten egg perfect for dipping slices of deep-fried mantou buns into.
Cheesy ode to oysters
A rich creamy topping of melted cheese keeps the Cheese Baked Canadian Oysters (RM9/pc) amply covered. Twice the size of ordinary oysters, these huge, succulent mollusks are impossible to devour in a single mouthful but they tasted ever so sublime.
This fish is meaty fine
What really stole the show on this visit was the Baked Norwegian Tilapia (from RM48/kg) that left us reeling from its inherently sweet, fine flesh. A simple black soya sauce spiked with chopped chilli and shallots is served on the side should you want to lend extra punch to the fish. Definitely worth returning for!
Green is in
To balance the surfeit of seafood we had earlier, the restaurant's evergreen favourite of Fried Kailan (Chinese kale) in Two Styles (RM15-small, RM23-medium and RM30-large) is just what any nutritionist would order. Finely shredded and deep-fried to crisp perfection, the leafy shreds has a full-bodied enticing seaweed nuance to it. Speckled with a handful of fried silver fish, they provide good textural contrast with the tender stir-fried kai lan stalks.
Fresh and sweet as summer's breeze
Chilled Mango Sago (RM8/bowl), a refreshing dessert of translucent sago pearls in mango puree and diced fresh mango brings the curtains down to our extravagant seafood feast.
Get to grips with king crabs and deep-sea denizens here

UNIQUE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT (pork-free)
Lot 9B-3 Jalan Kemajuan, Section 13, Petaling Jaya Selangor
Tel: +603 7960 2088, 7960 2066

3 comments:

Food Dreams said...

I am particularly hooked on the Baked Meat Crab with Salted Egg Yolk... pure indulgence and that Cheese Oysters... what a feast!

Bob and Julie said...

gosh! have been craving for salted egg crab for far too long... looks like a visit to this place will top this week's to-do list!

Alice Yong said...

@Food Dreams - i like the oysters but it's hard to eat crabs in polite company!

@Bob and Julie - tks for popping in to my blog. Hope you enjoyed your Unique crab feast. :)