Sri Lankan Crab in Kuala Lumpur
Where to have Sri Lankan Crabs in Kuala Lumpur? There are a few places in my mind, Ampang’s Mei Keng Fatt, FattyCrabs.com, Causeway Bay Spicy Crab and Aliyaa Seafood restaurant. Except Mei Keng Fatt and I’ve tried the other restaurants and they are equally good with their specialities but the most reliable restaurant with Sri Lankan crabs remains Aliyaa, a Sri Lankan Seafood restaurant.
For those who didn’t know, most of the Sri Lankan crabs in the region go to Singapore. Singaporeans love Sri Lankan crabs because of the sizes and the meat. I still remember in the early 1990s I often travel to Singapore and I had Sri Lankan crabs. Most of the famous Singapore chilli crabs are cooked using Sri Lankan crabs.
(Mickey Mouse crab from FattyCrabs.com)
In Kuala Lumpur, it is a different story. Sri Lankan crabs are pricier than the regional crabs so the demand is not as high as Singapore. Hence, with the depreciation of ringgit, having a Sri Lankan crab is pricier than you thought.
Thus, for a local supplier to get constant supply of Sri Lankan crab is tough. The prices are seasonal too. When it is near Chinese festive season, the price of the Sri Lankan crabs could double or triple if stock available.
Hence, the most reliable restaurant is Aliyaa, a Sri Lankan Seafood restaurant which is just shifted 48 G & M, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara a few months ago. With their roots back to Sri Lanka, they seem to have a reliable supplier.
I tried their Signature Colombo Style Crab. I have no complains on the size of the crab, it weighs around 800gram and it is huge. The meat is fresh and juicy as I almost ordered a second one. The Colombo style sauce is thick and rich with flavours.
Many crab lovers like to go with “man tau” (Chinese buns) but I prefer to go with Sri Lanka version of Plain Puttu (putt mayam). Even though it is not their recommendation but I prefer to have plain puttu with their thick gravy than their white rice.
If you want more authentic Sri Lankan flavours, you should book your table at Aliyaa. You won’t be disappointed by its unique flavours and services.
Aliyaa Address and Contact:
48 G & M, Jalan Medan Setia 2,
50490 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +60 3-2092 5378