Restoran Siu Siu @ Lorong Syed Putra
It was one of those meals that wasn’t planned well in advance. It was one of those meals that just happened after a few tweets, a couple of emails, and a short drive over.
Lexie regularly haunts this joint with her family. She suggested we head out to Siu Siu for some crabs, so Terry and I nodded furiously and secured our places at the dinner table. No one else could make it, so it was just the three of us, which was fine with me. As Terry always says, more food for the rest of us!
I’d been to Siu Siu about three years ago, but I can’t remember what I ate, one because I didn’t do the ordering, and two because it means it probably wasn’t a very memorable meal.
It’s not that hard to find, contrary to what most people say. It is slightly hidden, just off the Federal Highway in the green, hillside of Robson Heights.
A little shack whose bright lights shine like a beacon of hope for a lost soul in the jungle. It’s clean, it’s bright, and it’s airy. Service is fast, attentive and pleasant, and there were a good few tables filled for a Wednesday night.
A large cemetery is located a few hundred meters away, but we don’t talk about that at dinner time. Lexie, Terry and I talked mainly about what to eat, and how much of it to order!
We waited (im)patiently for our food, which really didn’t take more than 5 minutes to arrive.
Stir Fried Kai lan with Garlic
Cooked perfectly, lovely green and crunchy. We were a little concerned about the portion though.
I know the lady who took our order was a little worried about us not being able to finish our food, but this was a little on the small side, literally a handful!
Salted Egg Yolk Prawns
For me, a prawn lover, this dish was a little forgettable. The prawns were just ‘okay’ in freshness, and I just don’t enjoy eating them whole and having to pick bits of skin out of my mouth after. Tastewise, it was very agreeable, with each prawn generously coated in a golden, salty, mushy batter. Apparently, they do a pretty mean version with crabs, so the next time I dine there I’ll give it a try.
Ah. The famous Guiness Pork that has haunted me for years. My sister Morti raves about this dish, describing the meat as tender and moist, the sauce thick and sticky, like a black glue. It certainly lived up to its reputation. I loved it, Terry loved it.
Forget chopsticks, you must eat with fingers so you get to lick every drop of that syrupy, black sauce of your fingers.
One of Lexie’s favourites, and I say, it ranks pretty high in my books too. Less complex in flavours than our other pork dish, but no less satisfying. The pork had been roasted for hours so the meat was extremely tender, yet beautifully caramelized on the outside.
Sweet and savoury, served with a garlic chilli sauce and fresh, cool slices of cucumber that provided a nice contrast in taste and texture.
I’ve heard that Siu Siu is also famous for its Claypot Rice with Crabs. You can see pictures of this tantalizing dish hanging proudly on the walls on the restaurant. We, however, went with Chili Crabs. Gravy and Man Tau buns are a must for Terry and I when we eat crabs, and Siu Siu regular Lexie recommended this style.
The lady who took our order suggested one crab, but Terry and I are pigs and eat a lot, so we asked for two. “Are you sure you can finish?” asked the lady. “2 crabs are 1.5kg.”
Terry and I gave each other knowing looks and exclaimed “YES!” at the same time.
Really, this was one of the best Chili Crabs I’ve had. It wasn’t just sauce, it was full on gravy! Almost a soup! The crabs were swimming in this thick, red gravy, and there was an exquisite smell that wafted up.
It was like looking at a picturesque painting, perfectly composed and almost too pretty to destroy.
The crabs were extremely fresh, the meat gleaming bright white with the faintest taste of the sea. Succulent flesh in the claws were devoured in seconds.
I liked the fact that it tasted not too sweet, not too spicy, and had a tinge of sourness. There wasn’t much egg added to the sauce, but instead I kept discovering chunks of roe that melted in my mouth like butter. Heaven.
At first, we were too focused eating barbarically with our hands.
Bit by bit as the initial greediness wore off, Terry and I realized that Lexie was indeed eating crabs with a fork and spoon!
“What are you doing? You MUST eat crabs with your hands!” we exclaimed, distraught at the sight. “And the legs! Those little legs have meat in them!”
It was certainly fun to watch her daintily pick apart each body and gingerly remove the flesh, while we cracked and banged and sucked every ounce of flesh out of the shells.
About an hour later, we sat back, suitably satisfied. What a great meal, and definitely one I will remember.
I want to go back. Now. Oh my mouth is salivating just thinking about it. We paid RM 180 for all that, which is actually not that bad and works out to RM 60 a person. I guess the more people you eat with, the cheaper it’ll be.
So, who’s up for crabs at Siu Siu?
Restoran Siu Siu
5-11 Lorong Syed Putra Kiri,
50450 Kuala Lumpur.
T: 016 370 8555/016 309 8038
Closed on Monday.