Fatty Crab | South East Asian food | West Village | New York

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Fatty Crab
Restaurants and bars
New York
Open: Lunch and dinner daily
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: 212 352 3592
Address: 643 Hudson St
New York, 10014
Country: United States

Fatty Crab serves very good South East Asian food in convivial surroundings matched with some very fine wine selections.
We are often disappointed with Malaysian food served outside that country because restaurants tend to play down the use of the vital belacan (belachan) which is the dark, salty, fermented shrimp paste that is so integral to the cuisine and which gives the food a depth of flavour that is quite compelling. Well, we were pleased to find that belacan is no stranger at Fatty Crab!
The dishes range across a number of cuisines not just those from Malaysia, but Malaysian cuisines (there are many in Malaysia due to the ethnic backgrounds of the inhabitants) certainly provide the backbone of the menu with favourites such as Nasi Lemak, Ikan Bakar and Assam Laksa holding pride of place.
We thoroughly enjoyed a plate of pickled vegetables with a Malaysian twist, including carrots, zucchini and green beans. We moved to China for some steamed buns with meltingly tender pork belly. A sweetish, dark, thick, brooding sauce was served on the side as was a coriander leaf and boiled egg salad. This was a very good dish.
We were delighted to find a Clos Lapeyre Jurancon Sec on the wine list. This organic vineyard is managed by Jean-Bernard Larrieu who tends his vines carefully and meticulously to ensure that his wines express the terroir of this special region. This wine is made from 100% Gros Manseng and is a full, round, rich but lively wine that has lots of structure and lots of length. It stood up to the food here really well.
The signature quail egg shooters were served on/in a purpose-built bamboo tray. Four quail eggs with various sambal toppings were held in small holes in the tray. They looked great and they tasted even better.
We also enjoyed the pungency of the Kang Kong Belacen, the delicacy of the Oyster Omelet Ashraf and the warmth of a very pleasant chicken curry rice.
Overall we thought that Fatty Crab was a pleasant place to eat, the food was fine and the service was very attentive.

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