Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Awesomely cheap crabs and prawns at Yi Jia Restoran, Johor Bahru.

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of crabs. It just seems such a huge hassle to have to crack open the shells and pick out the meet a teaspoonful at a time. Not to mention the almighty mess to clean off your fingers afterwards.

I do like eating them, though, particularly if the cooking style is nice, and especially if the crabs are of the large, meaty, and with huge claws variety ... which is why we're in JB's Yi Jia Restoran to get our crab on.

Fried rice, sufficiently well cooked and with good wok hei; but to me Fried rice is little more than flavoured tummy filler.

Moving on quickly to the 'proper' food, starting with the Stir Fried Scallop with Seasonal Vegetables. Delicately flavored as to not overpower the taste of the scallops, this vege dish was pretty nice.

Yi Jia Crispy Chicken was a rather interesting dish. The chicken is pounded out flat like a pancake, and roasted such that the skin crisped and crackled in the mouth - not unlike a nicely roasted suckling pig. Highly recommended.

The Butter Prawn came with the shells on and bathed in a delicious creamy (with a hint of cheese, too) butter sauce. As you can see, the man tau (buns) were already pre-dipped in the sauce, but I'd rather have them serve it separately so I can decide for myself how much sauce I want the bread to soak up.

For the star of the evening, we try the Golden Egg Yolk style of Crab. I've eaten the dry-fried egg yolk style many times in the past, but this is the first time I'm eating it wet-style. I found the sauce also very nice and creamy, and the crabs were big and full of sweet, firm crab meat.

Yi Jia Restoran is located at 27 & 29, Jalan Setia Indah, Johor Bahru. It's actually a fairly long drive - close to 20km - from JB city centre, so you'll need to drive. Try to show up early, too, because the restaurant gets packed quite early in the night. Non halal.

Unfortunately I didn't keep the receipt so I don't know the exact cost of each dish, but the bill came out to slightly over RM40 per person.


  1. wow, that's like roasted suckling chicken! it'd be interesting if they did a combination platter ... suckling pig AND the flattened chicken. looks great :D

  2. Cheap??? Most non aircond restaurant in KL cost much less.