Under Bridge Spicy Crab, Hong Kong
When my colleagues suggested that we go to some spicy crab place for dinner tonight (Canal Road at Lockhart, 2573-7698), I thought, "Hey...wasn't that the typhoon shelter stuff that Bourdain ate on that boat?" It was. And it's hard to tell that this thing is spicy just by looking at it. I mean, there was so much garlic showered onto it that you could hardly see the crab parts underneath (vampires, keep your distance!). But weaved into those little brown bits of surprisingly not too overpowering garlic were some kind of chili peppers for spiciness, the degree of which you could specify according to your tastes.
This was pretty darned good, and better than Singaporean chili crab in my opinion (it looks like they were also using thick-shelled Sri Lankan crabs here). All of that garlic made it a bit reminiscient of Bangkok's Polo Fried Chicken but with a delicate spiciness that grows on you. And when you got past the claws and legs, you got to the ultimate cholesterol bomb: the crab butter, which also happened to be drenched in the oil that was used to cook this thing. It tasted just like it sounds: tasty, but rich as hell. I'm gonna have to eat salads for a few days just to offset this offense.