Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hairy Crab Feast at Li Bai

Having been wowed thoroughly by their hairy crab meal last year, my family and I decided to come back to Li Bai for their hairy crab feast! (:

We ordered the hairy crab meal with additional hairy crabs each! (: Here's what the menu features:

Hairy Crab Xiao Long Bao

Topped with a thick creamy layer of hairy crab roe. Delicate bao skin of the right thickness that went so well with the filling. could be a little bit more generous with the roe though. other than that, it was a good start to the meal. 4/5

Birds Nest Soup with Hairy Crab Roe/Sharks Fin Soup with Hairy Crab Roe

Actually, the menu states sharks fin soup, but last year, the waitress changed it to birds nest for me and I rmb all of us were wowed over how yummy it was, so this year we asked the waitress to change it for us again (: Exquisite, elegant food/art. Classic gold and yellow dish to showcase its superiority. Imagine a bowl of cream of mushroom. but now, replace all the cream with hairy crab roe and the mushroom with birds nest. Lots of roe, lots of birds nest! A smile comes right after every spoon of the soup :) I'd say this is a MUST-TRY! 5/5

Hairy Crab

To make sure we enjoy every single strand of the crab meat, we asked for our crab shell to be removed when served to us. The waitress was really great! As my mom finished her sharksfin soup first (our birds nest took a little longer), hence she asked my Mom to start on her crab first and helped my mom peel the shell off her crab legs. Then as we started eating out crab, she helped us peel ours as well, while we were eating! Great service (: The crab meat is sweet and really yummy. Only disappointment was that the crab turned cold very quickly (should be due to the air con) which made it less appetizing (tasteless, cold) as we eat. The roe was super duper awesome when hot though! Recommend eating the roe first (: 4/5

Ginger tea!

Felt that theirs was quite good! Hot and spicy plus not overly sweet (: The Chinese believe that we have to drink ginger tea after eating the crab to ease the "coolness" of it! My dad and the boy thought it was spicy enough though!

Cod Fish with mushrooms

Initially, we were uncertain of what fish it was as the meat was a tad too tough to be a cod. After confirmation with the waitress, it was confirmed to be a cod. The fish went well with the condiments (spring onions, chye por, soy sauce). However, the sauce was too salty to our likings. Too wasted to soak the cod in so much soy sauce. Plus the chef really overcooked this one, all of ours were hard which made us doubt whether this was cod fish or not because even my maid at home can steam the cod fish just nicely till it melts in our mouth so we were rather disappointed with this. The mushrooms were yummy though! 3/5

Springy noodles with abalone and mushroom

My mom remembered how wonderfully springy and awesome the noodles were from last year's meal and we werent disappointed with the noodles this time round either! Its like a damn good plate of wanton mee! The mee is very springy and chewy, its like a perfectly al dente wanton mee haha. Each bite makes you want to slurp up more of it! The mushroom was the softest and most flavourful mushroom I've ever eaten in my life!! Abalone was great too, the stock they cook their stuff has so much depth in flavour and I can tell they really let the mushroom and abalone absorb the broth fully to present the best taste and texture to their customers! MUST-TRY once again! 5/5

Fresh Longjing Tea

They changed our long jing tea to this prior to dessert

Hashima with black sesame tang yuan in ginger tea

I'm not sure how a good hashima should be but personally, i like this dessert a lot. The rice balls were well made. The skin will not stick to your tongue or to the roof or bottom of your mouth. The skin and filling ratio was just right. The ginger soup tasted very much like the ginger tea except that it is slightly stronger and a lot sweeter. 4/5

Personally, I feel that Li Bai really dishes up quality dishes, no wonder its a veteran in the Cantonese food scene here. Actually, not just Cantonese, in the Chinese food scene! I really applaud the wonderful service we got at Li Bai (esp with the waitress patiently picking out the crab meat for us!) and their friendliness + quick response! Overall, dining at Li Bai is a joy and they were fully booked the night we went (no surprises) so I'd recommend making reservations!

Li Bai
Sheraton Hotel

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