Allergies…

I know a number of people who are allergic to seafood, things such as crabs and prawns but I never had a problem with that and I do eat prawns quite regularly still…even though I hardly eat cockles, balitongs (siput sudut) and so on these days and I very seldom eat crabs but mainly because they’re too expensive and I would rather go for something more reasonably priced instead.

However, my missus and I were out for dinner on Wednesday night – if you may recall, I did mention that in my previous post and we had crabs…

HaiBing crabs 1

…at this restaurant. They have the best crabs in town – big, fleshy and the flesh is really very nice and firm…but they do not come cheap, RM45 a kilo…

HaiBing crabs 2

…so a plate of two or three crabs can easily go up to around RM100.00.

I loved their drunken steamed freshwater prawns…

HaiBing drunken prawns 1

…with a generous dash of wine but I wished they did not put so much egg white until the prawns were buried in it and the photograph of the dish did not come across as great as the taste.

The prawns were really huge – perhaps a bit too huge so the flesh was harder than usual. That is why I would rather have the medium-sized ones which, for one thing, is very much cheaper and the head is not as big. I love this pinkish orange gooey stuff in the head thoughΒ – I’m not sure but they say it’s the brain!…

HaiBing drunken prawns 2

The Foochow-style tofu soup that we had was great but not the Foochow-style fried noodles…

HaiBing Foochow fried noodles

I must say that there are a number of places around where one can easily get these noodles and they are a whole lot better.

The midin (jungle fern)…

HaiBing fried midin

…wasn’t anything to shout about either and the roast chicken…

HaiBing roast chicken

…was like roast chicken! It was nice but one can get that anywhere and more often than not, they would taste just as nice.

All in all, the bill for the dinner, inclusive of drinks (some of the guys drank beer), came up to over RM200 and I guess the crabs and the prawns took up most of it.

On the whole, it was a nice dinner – I quite enjoyed it…and thankfully, despite having not eaten crabs for a while, I did not end up any kind of allergy. However, despite my request that they reduced the amount of msg in the food, there was still way too much for my liking and I ended up feeling very thirsty all night long. Tsk! Tsk!

Author: suituapui

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25 thoughts on “Allergies…”

  1. you can fry the noodle much better… btw, good crab is hard to come by over here… do enjoy once in a while.

    Ya, I think so. Mine would be a whole lot nicer, I’m sure. πŸ˜‰

    Oh? What about Fatty Crabs? It’s so much blogged about and so popular, it seems. We do have cheap places here where they sell farmed crabs – I tried once but I did not really like it. Cheap, no doubt, but not worth running the risk of getting gout for something like that. 😦

  2. Wah…. I love the crabs and prawns, look so delicious. Overall, I think it’s not expensive , the price is reasonable. The roast chicken look good too. Next time I’ll have to fill up my stomach first before I drop by your blog. LOL

    I guess in JB, with the “Singaporean prices” of things there, it would be quite expensive? LOL!!! That’s what everybody says – must eat before dropping by. Count your blessings – it could have been worse if I had a DSLR to take photos that are more enticing… πŸ˜‰

  3. nice delicious crabs there.. guess what, even though I have tried so many different seafood dishes before, personally I’m not a fan of seafood. Would choose a huge slab of steak anytime. Now I have to find time to get rid of my huge slab of fats .. wahaha πŸ˜›

    Have an awesome Sunday my dear friend

    You too, Isaac.

    Hmmmm…you’re a meat person, eh? Steaks? That’s protein – hit the gym and turn that into solid muscles. Girls will find that sexier, yunno… Oops! You’re already married…out of bounds. Muahahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€ Come, come to Sibu and eat our river crabs…and freshwater prawns (and our river fish too) and you’ll be singing a different tune. But hey! Come to think of it, they can’t be considered seafood as they do not come from the sea…

    P.S.
    Hey! Look at what I stumbled upon:

    http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-red-meat-20120313,0,565423.story
    Better stay away from those steaks!!! LOL!!!

  4. Love crabs and MIDIN!!!! The pinkish orange gooey stuff in the prawn’s head is the roe, not the brain. Those are soooo good and yet so bad for you πŸ™‚

    The roe? I thought those would be the ones in between the legs!!! Oops!!! That sounds terrible, doesn’t it? Muahahahahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

    P.S. You’ve had your breakfast already? This post doesn’t make you hungry kah? LOL!!! πŸ˜‰

  5. i am soooooooooooooooooooooo lucky that i am not allergic to seafood…

    Ummmmm…your “so” is counted as one word, right? LOL!!! πŸ˜€ Ya, you are lucky…and so was I. But I found that when I’ve stayed away from seafood for too long, I may itch a bit when I get round to eating it – must be moderate…mustn’t feast on it.

  6. i seldom eat craaaaaaaaaabsssssss toooooooooooo.. because i do not like the trouble of eating crabs!!!!!!! oh so messy!!!!!

    Me too! My daughter’s very lucky as everytime the mum would do it for her. Unfortunately, that same treatment isn’t extended to the hubby. Sulk! Sulk!!! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  7. haaaaaaaaaaaaaahahaha laugh my a** out rolling on the floor!! very very very very very very very very very very very true about the comment on the prawns!!!! too much egg and can’t even see any prawn in the photo!!

    And that’s supposed to be very very very very etc…funny? You certainly have a peculiar sense of humour. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  8. oh, 4 doesn’t sounds any good!!!!! let me add another comments, hmmm, 5 seems to be goooooooooood~~ laugh my a** out rolling on the floor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Muahahahahahaha!!! An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, eh? Sorry, I don’t give out any awards or prizes so don;t waste your time spamming my comment board. πŸ˜€

  9. I prefer prawns to crabs, cos eating crab is so “ma huan” and messy. Love the fried noodles, midin and roasted chicken. All look so yummy!!!!!……

    Yakah… I think this place is kind of old school Foochow – I would rather go elsewhere if these were what I wanted. I liked only the crabs and the prawns and the Foochow-style tofu soup. Ya…eating crabs is time-consuming too! 😦

  10. it’s a good thing you didn’t have a headache from msg πŸ™‚ i’m one of those people allergic to crabs and prawns πŸ™‚ i love it, too especially if they have curry sauce πŸ™‚

    If you’re allergic, how can you love it? We do have curry prawns…but I’ve not seen any curry crabs – I guess it will be just as nice but very messy to eat. 😦

  11. I’m not really into seafood. Don’t like prawns, only like smallish fish and only certain crab dishes I like..and that is more about the sauce than eating the crab itself. Good,eh…I very low maintainence. Simon however loves his prawns and fish and any kind of seafood. However, he only learns how to enjoy seafood after meeting me….I terror masak seafood,mah…hahahaha.

    Prawns there or prawns kat Semenanjung? Well, the butter scocth prawns at Ruby, still remember? Slurpsssss!!!!! And you haven’t tasted my udang galah masak kunyit. Before they came, kucing said she did not like freshwater prawns…now no sound dah!!! Dah tried mine…and belum try Lucy’s yet some more! Try hers and then you come and tell me you like prawns or not. Yum! Yum! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

    1. Ruby ones sebab the sauce sedap mah….and Payung’s assam udang..I only drink the kuah…sampai kering but the boys yang makan the udang lar.

      Hmmmm….for one thing, you did not get to try our udang galah, the so-called big-headed freshwater prawns. Never mind, I can ask Lucy to cook for you when you come again…and then you can tell me whether you like this variety of prawns or not. I wouldn’t dare cook my masak kunyit for you, that’s for sure…no, thank you! LOL!!!

  12. STP, i’m not allergies to seafood. I love crabs and that roasted chicken looks good to me. what is that powdered beside the chicken? for dipping?

    Yup! Don’t they give that there – toasted salt for roast chicken? Pretty common here…but now that you’ve mentioned it, it certainly seems to be disappearing – don’t see in the newer chicken places.

  13. That is super cheap for RM200 over.. with crabs and prawns, some more big ones! My girl is allergic to seafood, her lips tend to swell … but as for her mother, she can take them anytime! πŸ™‚

    Should have taken back some daun bumi hempedu from my garden – they claim it works wonders with allergies. Oh ya…that was why she could not eat the prawns I cooked… Kesian. 😦

    1. and we missed them while in sibu… mana boleh…

      Boleh!!! This means that you will have to come again… Many more things you people have not tried yet! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  14. Whoa, that one dish does have a lot of eggs. If my eight-year oldaughter saw that, she’d be complaining. She claims she doesn’t like eggs, but I suspect she says that because her best friend doesn’t like them either. Therefore I have to ‘sneak’ them into her dishes. Shhh! πŸ˜‰

    I’m fascinated by the midin. I have never seen that in the USA, and so I’ll have to see if it’s available.

    I’ve always loved seeing crabs prepared in different ways. A common way to prepare it here, especially in Maryland (we’re known for our crabs) is to steam them, and add Old Bay Seasoning, with how succulent and sweet the crab meat can be, I’ve always thought it a bit silly for some to only prepare them this way, so many other ways it can be prepared.

    My daughter doesn’t like plain crab meat, but she’ll eat it, when I add it to pasta, salad, or make into crab cakes. She’s the same way about shrimp, won’t eat them plain, but I always add them with other items. πŸ™‚ Yesterday, I made tilapia (fish) for her. I added it to a pasta dish, that had a light lemon ginger sauc. She gobbled it up and asked for more, heh. I remembered to take a photo, will have to upload and post.

    Oh? I love eggs…but not this way and anyway, it was just the egg white. 😦

    Midin is wild jungle fern that is only found here in Sarawak – not even in mainland Malaysia. Tastes great even if it’s just blanched…and served with lime and stuff like in a Thai salad. We get tilapia here – fresh and alive from the man-made lake at the hydro-electricity dam (Batang Ai, it’s called). My missus let it swim in the kitchen sink and when my daughter so that, that was it! To this day she would refuse to eat the fish – said it would be so pitiful to eat the thing. Sigh!!! Children!

    Ya…I’ve seen on tv how people over there eat crustaceans – mostly steamed or boiled. Would be great if 100% fresh but would need a very tasty (and spicy) dip to enhance the taste as a whole.

    1. Aww… poor girl, I can see how that would be traumatic. πŸ™‚ Then again other living creatures are moving around before it lands on the plate too. That’s what I tell my daughter, lol. The few times she’s got grossed out about live animals vs. what’s on her plate. Of course, I’m more than happy to prepare veggie meals for her, if that’s what she wants. Since I’m vegan.

      The Old Bay Seasoning can be very spicy, I don’t like the store bought variety at all, since it’s not as spicy. I much prefer making it myself, since I can add as much ‘fire’ as I want… depending on the dish I’m preparing, heh. I’ve been to some restaurants, that prepare their own, you definitely can tell the difference. It’s much better.

      Quite a few fishermen in our family. When we go away on holiday to South Carolina (mainly family gathering) some of my uncles bring their boats from Florida, in doing so they can fish while on vacation. It’s a big event, and food is the focal point, lots of great cooks in the family. A pig is usually roasted outside. One of my uncles is a pig famer. We usually have a big fish fry the day before everyone returns home, most live in Florida or Georgia, but a few of us live Maryland, New York, and Connecticut.

      I might attempt to make cauliflower cakes later today. The type my mom used to make… they tasted like s fish cake. When she brought them to various feasts those were one of the first things to go, people couldn’t believe it wasn’t fish. I was only a child when she made them, and so I’ll be curious to see how they turn out.

      My family loves spicy foods. As a five-year old child, I’d pop the hot peppers into my mouth, I was trying to be like my father, who also adores very hot foods. And so began my love of spicy foods… πŸ™‚

      My MIL’s brother was a fisherman and though he has retired, he still has his contacts and would get very fresh fish and give to her. But my BIL (MIL stays with him) has this phobia for fish bones and would not eat any – he would get even the big fish bones stuck in his throat and have to go and see and ENT specialist to get it removed! So my MIL would give the fish to us…and we can enjoy them happily. LOL!!! Ya…usually things that we prepare on our own ourselves will be a whole lot nicer…but the danger is we’ll tend to eat more. Bad! Bad! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

      I’m not into cauliflower here – they’re imported and t=does not have the fragrance and sweetness like those I had overseas…so I never bother to buy here. Imported stuff is usually more expensive.

      The majority of people here are Foochows (a Chinese dialect) and in the past, they would never touch any spicy stuff…but they’ve improved over the years. Not as bad now. πŸ˜‰

  15. I love seafood…and unfortunately I am not exactly free from seafood allergies. It’s always a fingers crossed that it does not hit me. True enough last night after a few straight weeks of crabs and prawns, the allergy kicked in when I ate 2 huge Tai Tau Har in Tanjung Tualang. Had my whole neck in red angry rashes…

    Hah!!!! A few straight weeks!!! You’re asking fos trouble! I never had the problem but since I only eat crabs once in a blue moon now, I may itch after eating… Must not indulge and feast on it whenever I decide to go for those. Those huge freshwater prawns, the same. Don’t eat so much now as they’re just as expensive, almost. The seawater ones are cheaper…depending on the season.

  16. it really looks delicious and a great temptation to me unfortunately I`m allergic to crabs as well as prawns,….the moment those stuff entered my tummy…. my tummy will be upset the whole day.LOL.

    Oh dear!!! I’m glad I don’t have the problem…but I also have to watch it. High cholesterol…and uric acid! 😦

  17. OMG the crabs looked so nice and the roe… so yummy. And the price is really good too! Lucky i have no seafood allergies.

    So when are you coming? I can take you there… Had dinner with Huai Bin and other friends there once sometime ago.

  18. I am not a seafood person, not that i am allergy to seafood. I don’t mind eating crabs, if got kaki to eat with me. I like prawns, but not small prawns, i like big one, like those in char keow teow or in any other dish or noodles, i will keep that for my hub, he call me weird. hahahhaha.

    I like balitong, but here no one to eat with me, that’s why everytime when i go back Sibu i will order balitong, now i got my two boys to eat with me, i “train’ them to like balitong. hahahhahahha

    Hmmmm…maybe we can come here when you come back to Sibu. I’m sure they have balitongs too!!! Have not eaten for a long time – very “dirty”, they say. And I’m sure they have cockles too – my daughter loves those. πŸ˜‰

  19. I can die for crabs! I am allergic also I want to eat. I take medicine after that! LOL!

    Like my mum. She will eat belacan, cincaluk, slated fish…all the things that will make her itch and she will take medicine for that. Otherwise, no appetite, she says… 😦

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