grilled crabs

The lure of seafood is too good to resist.  Its location is in the middle of a kampung, surrounded by wooden houses, lush greenery, enveloped in a billow of exhaust fumes from passing vehicles and shadowed by an ancient power plant at Connaught Bridge.   As children, my brothers and I would visit this plant where my father worked; it was a lot smaller than what it is now, and connected to the outside world by a rickety, clanking wooden bridge which allowed only one car to pass through at any one time.   Times have changed since then, and the wooden bridge has been replaced by a modern two-lane bridge.   The novelty of holding one’s breath while crossing the seemingly precarious bridge of yore is gone, leaving bits and pieces of memories that seem to fade away with age.

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Precious Pea demonstrates how to de-shell a crab.   Knocking with a hammer in frustration is not recommended.

Not much seasoning goes into the grilled crabs at Hing Ket.  Grilled whole, it is quite an art to de-shell the crab as one needs to be familiar with the uhmmmm anatomy of the crab before pulling the shells apart.  Precious Pea aka. The Queen of Crabs did a marvelous job in dissecting her crab; the rest of us dutifully followed her example.   What emerged from that minor operation was a most wonderful crab eating experience where the flesh was juicy and tasty and extremely fresh with no condiments, save for salt and pepper, that would have masked the flavour.

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Other popular orders include grilled seafood such as prawns and squid, charred in places, in a light curry sauce.   The fried tong fun (glass noodles) is also good.

Grilled lamb chop

My favourite is the grilled lamb chop (which I like to call Chinese style simply because it is served in a Chinese restaurant but in reality isn’t Chinese at all), extremely tender and well marinated, and served with mint sauce.   I’d love to find out how it found its place in a Chinese Seafood restaurant.

This was our farewell to Precious Pea who is now in Melbourne.   Missing you loads, precious sista.   It ain’t the same without you.

Hing Ket Grill House
Lot 3569 Batu 3¼
Kampung Jawa, 41000 Klang
Tel: 03-33713913 / 33710861
Opening Hours: 11.30 am – 2.30 pm, 5.30 pm – 10.30 pm

For detailed directions, check out Precious Pea’s blog.