Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain (雪山飛狐) at Fei Fei Crab
For the fans of Jin Yong, they must know the story of Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain(雪山飛狐). The story was serialized in 1959. However, we are not talking about that fiction story but a type of dish. The nickname Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain (雪山飛狐) is actually given to Salt Wrap Fish which is very popular in Bukit Tinggi near Genting Highlands. I had my first encounter with Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain (雪山飛狐) three years ago in Cheras at Restoran 2008, my intention was to try their infamous edible snow beer.
This time around we had it at a popular restoran near Kepong by the name of Fei Fei Crab. Fei Fei Crab means fatty crab in English and it has been patronized by the Ho Chiak team before. We went there for lunch a few weeks ago courtesy of Selangorlicious. I was there with bloggers like Nigel Low and Ken from Foodpoi.com.
Why is Salt Wrap Fish nicknamed as Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain (雪山飛狐)? The salt wrap fish is covered by the white salt resemblance of the snow and the fish meat is usually juicy due to the freshness of the fish. The fish skin is not edible and it will be peeled off. There are a few methods of making the Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain. We will blog about the recipe next week (after we succeeded in creating it a few weeks ago).
Fei Fei Crab’s version of Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain (雪山飛狐) or Salt Wrap Fish (RM 30 / US$10) has a softer salt layer coated on the skin of the fish. Chef Tan told us that he used a different technique to achieve that.
The amazing thing about this fish is the freshness and tenderness of it. You tell from the look of the texture of the meat. This is highly recommended.
Sizzling Plate Seafood (RM 20 / US$ 7) was next. The sizzling hot plate comes with a mixture of prawns, long beans, brinjals, green mussels and bamboo clams.
Belacan Sweet Potato Leafs with Egg Plant (RM 12 / US$ 4) topped with fried anchovies (fried ikan bilis) gives the extra crunchiness to this vegetable dish.
Fei Fei Crab’s Butter and Dried Chillies Japanese Snail (RM30 / US$10) were twin combinations of different style of cooking using the Japanese Snails.
The Pattaya Pork Knuckles (RM42 / US$14) was lacking the extra crunchiness on outer layer but it did not lack of taste and also the tenderness of the meat.
Great Wall Pork Rib (RM28 / US$ 9.30) was another sinful dish that is cooked to perfection. The appearance resemblance of the Great Wall and it was tastefully done. The taste was a marriage of “tong por” and Char siew with the tenderness of the meat.
The Yam Ring with Chicken and Pork Rib (RM 30 / US$10) was inspired by the movie 2012. Chef Tan wanted to recreate this dish as the volcano eruption dish as the yam ring represents the mountain while the chicken represents the lava while the pork ribs represents the surrounding landscape. Just a thought, probably some chili or tomato sauce could add some colours to this creative dish.
The Spicy Butter Crab (RM35 / US$12) was the first of the two crab dishes we tasted that afternoon. The spicy butter gravy was slightly too spicy to our preferences but the “L size” crabs were well cooked and it did not disappoint us at all!
The Marmite Crab (RM 35 / US$12) or Vegemite Crab was the best dish to end the feast-like lunch. The crab is cooked with the sweet sauce with hints of marmite and this style of cooking is one of the favourites in many seafood restaurants in Klang Valley.
Ten dishes for lunch and what could we ask for more? The passion and the creativity of Chef Tan must be taken account for all the food we had and he created in Fei Fei Crab. We were told that he created Coffee Crab as one of his new dishes. We hope to try that one day.
We enjoyed our lunch at Fei Fei Crab. The Marmite Crab and also Salt Wrap Fish left a very good impression for us and we might go there again for that both dishes as well as the new coffee crab. We must thank again Selangorlicious for the generous invite.
Please check our recipe on the Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain (雪山飛狐)next week!
Fei Fei Crab Restaurant Address and Contact:
No. 7 & 8, Jalan Desa 2/7
Desa Aman Puri
Tel: 03-6272 8659
Business Hour: 11 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.