Alaskan King Crab at Congee Noodle King

A week or so ago, Jefe reminded us that it’s Alaskan King Crab season. With a single text, several stomachs started to growl simultaneously. The only question was where. He suggested Congee Noodle King on Kingsway. Good choice considering they’re open late and were offering it up at $13.88 a pound. With the entire kitchen staff in tow, we sped off for a major midnight feast.

The menu tonight, although good reading, was virtually unnecessary. We’re here for the big ol’ beasts floating about in an unusually clean tank.

Within minutes of being seated, Jefe ordered up our main course. A couple of minutes later, this rather ginormous crustacean was brought out for the customary viewing/photo-op.

Not the biggest crab here but this one was pretty hefty. Tipping the scales at a hair under twelve pounds, it would make up three of tonight’s dishes.

First off, the “sides”.

Nope. Not french fries. Good guess, though…they look and taste very much like them. If you look closely you’ll notice the tiny little eyes. On the menu they’re called “Sliver-fish“. On the bill they are referred to as “Minnow Fish with Spicy and Chili“. Either way, they are tasty little critters with barely a hint of fishiness. Quite addictive, these.

Every now and then I opt for a sort of healthy dish. Not sure what came over me. Anywho, these are what are commonly referred to as “vegetables“. More precisely, Baby Bok Choy with Minced Garlic. After a quick turn in the wok, these came out bursting with flavor. Due to the large amount of crab intake, we barely dented them.

The Deep-fried Squid with Spicy & Chili was prepared to perfection…golden-brown, moist…just the right amount of chew. The garlic/chili mix was fantastic. Twice as much would have been even better.

A very solid House Special Chow Mein. A nice assortment of seafood along with chicken, BBQ pork, mushroom and bok choy on a bed of crispy noodles. Tossed in a light, not-too-salty sauce, this was a plentiful, very tasty, yet rather unnecessary choice. Typical of what happens when several cooks go eat after a lengthy shift.

The first part of the crabfest was served much like the squid, deep-fried and brimming with chili and garlic.

Deep-fried Crab Knees. With a light batter, a well-timed swim and a good dose of chili salt, near perfection. Cool enough to pick up but searingly hot inside. The spicy mix and crisp batter are a great balance to the soft, buttery morsels of crab.

Crab & Prawn Fried Rice nicely served in its carapace. First one in the trophy case.

However much I prefer the joints, the legs marinated in garlic are also in the “killer” range. The gingery broth works so well with the salty and oh so sweet, sweet crab.

After a bunch of prior visits to Congee Noodle King, I thought I was in for a decent feed. Turned out well beyond my expectations. Great call, Jefe. Great call.


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2 responses

  1. Can you believe I have yet to eat Alaskan King Crab? I know. It’s crazy. You have provided me with inspiration to try it asap now though. Not to mention those delicious crispy minnows!

    March 9, 2011 at 7:46 pm

  2. Karl

    My first time, Victoria! Funny you left a comment. I asked Jefe if there are any Thai restaurants that serve it. Perhaps you could dig up a scoop or two!

    March 9, 2011 at 11:08 pm

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