Located not far from the Tropicana Gold and Country Resort, PJ Seafood Restaurant is known for serving fresh and tasty seafood. Our friends have been raving about their signature dish, Claypot Butter Crab so we made our way to the restaurant to see if the crabs actually live up to their reputation.
Claws dripping with creamy gravy...
Persiaran Tropicana, 47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 017-621 4707; 016-338 2222; 012-927 7162
Daily; Lunch (12.00 - 2.30pm), Dinner (6.00-11.30pm)
A wide selecion of seafood for you to choose from.
It's hidden at the end of a long lane so finding the place can be difficult if you're not familiar with the Tropicana area.
Even though there's plenty of seafood joints in PJ, we tend to go to the same place over and over again. We listed five of them here and one of it is PJ Seafood Restaurant. I chose to skip my usual trip to Fatty Crab and decided to try it out for a change.
We got there just in time for dinner. Rows of fresh seafood were displayed around the restaurant so you can pick and choose what you want to eat. Due to its popularity we decided to order the famous Claypot Butter Crabs. Along with the crabs, we also tried the sambal sotong and a stir-fry vegetable dish.
The crabs arrived at our plate steaming hot, the creamy gravy practically dripping from their claws. There was an offer on the crabs, you get 3 crabs for RM50 which is definitely a good bargain. Hammers in hand, we tucked into the dish immediately. Because of the saltiness of the gravy, we asked for rice instead of mantou buns. The milky gravy soaks into the rice and infuse it with its buttery flavour.
I know it's called 'butter' crabs but in actual fact, the cook mix margarine and milk to make the yummy gravy. They cook until it thickens into a sticky consistency. It's like a roux without flour. The crabs were Indonesian mud crabs - sweet and tasty. It goes so well with the cheesy creaminess of the dish. They use the claypot to allow all the flavours to be sealed in. This is the star dish at PJ Seafood so it's must-order item here.
The next item was the stir fried vegetable dish. Carrots, peppers and chinese cabbages cooked with tons of garlic over a high flame. Lotus root and lily bulb are added to give this dish a nice earthy taste. The freshness of the dish is a wonderful respite from the creaminess of the butter crab. Lotus seeds are also added into the mix to give the dish a hint of nuttiness.
We needed some spiciness in our meal so we opt for the sambal sotong. The texture of the squid is firm and has a little bite. It's fresh so it doesn't have that awful chewiness that you sometimes encounter. The sambal is sour and spicy. Made from onions, chillies and tamarind juice simmered gently until the chilli breaks down and release its sugary sweetness. They also put in four-angled beans into the dish to give it a yummy crunchiness.
PJ Seafood is a great place for a seafood dinner. Go in a group because there are plenty of crabs for you to share. The butter crab is awesome and you'll be licking your fingers in delight to savour every last drop of the gravy.