The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Crab @ Hee Kee Crab General (Tsim Sha Tsui), Hong Kong

Our family doesn't have a New Year's food tradition like my Japanese friends do (as well as many other cultures too, it seems), but should we begin one, I think that feasting on crabs would be a mighty fine tradition to observe. A friend had given us a couple of vouchers to use at Hee Kee Crab General, and I wasn't willing to let them expire without using so I booked us a table for lunch on the first day of 2012. This restaurant is part of the Hee Kee Fried Crab Expert chain of restaurants, known for its typhoon shelter crabs.

Hee Kee Crab General is a basic seafood restaurant, nothing fancy, but it was comfortable and clean - which is a priority for us when eating out with our toddler. Service was adequate, and one of the waitstaff was a kind lady who treated us warmly (I think she was infatuated with our 3-year-old boy). The crabs are stored in the tanks at the front of the restaurant, and we chose the crab doomed for our appetites. It was weighed, and we were told how much it would cost. One crab was plenty big enough for two people, especially since each crab came with a side dish.

Saying hello to our lunch:

We chose our side dish and ordered an additional dish, and both arrived at the table before the crab.

Fried Mince Pork and Lotus Root - quite greasy, but the pork was tasty and the lotus root crunchy. Hubby and I were expecting something similar to the lotus pork sandwich we had at another Cantonese restaurant:

We chose Yeung Chow fried rice as the side dish that came with the crab, for the boy's lunch. This fried rice was pretty average - everything was quite plain, even the shrimps were tasteless:

Steamed Crab with Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaves - lovely sweet crab meat to be found within the shells. The sticky rice was yummy, but very salty. We resorted to mixing the plain-tasting fried rice with the salty glutinous rice, and then I couldn't stop eating the rice:

If we come back to this restaurant, we'll stick with its specialty: crab. Perhaps we'll go for their famous typhoon shelter crab.

Hee Kee Crab General
Shop 602
6th Fl, iSquare
63 Nathan Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Tel. +85 2 2366 7565


  1. Happy New Year!

    I usually avoid many restaurants in TST because I figure they cater mainly to tourists and not to return customers, unless the reviews on open rice are really good.

    Have you tried Yan Toh Heen at the Intercontinental? I am looking to book it for the Chinese New Year Fireworks...but it is super expensive at $1788pp and not too many reviews on it on the still debating.

  2. Happy new year to you too, Kelly :)

    You're right about TST being touristy. The location is convenient for us because we're often in the area for something else (eg church at the YCMA is nearby the iSquare). I have not been to Yan Toh Heen, but it's in a fairly nice hotel so the food shouldn't be bad. You're right - $1788 is expensive. I thought that Christmas was expensive, but I guess CNY is far more important in HK. Hope you find a good place for the fireworks soon!