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A Celebration Of Hairy Crab: Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur’s Tao Restaurant Offers Favourite Freshwater Delicacy

September 9, 2013 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

InterContinental Kuala Lumpur’s signature Chinese restaurant Tao is honouring its commitment to sourcing the finest seasonal produce in the region to create memorable and authentic dining experiences, with a menu celebrating one of China’s favourite autumnal delicacies, Hairy Crab, this October 7 to 31. 

Crustacean sensation: InterContinental Kuala Lumpur's Tao restaurant is launching a seasonal menu centred around Hairy Crabs, a prized delicacy in the world of Chinese cuisine.

Crustacean sensation: InterContinental Kuala Lumpur’s Tao restaurant is launching a seasonal menu centred around Hairy Crabs, a prized delicacy in the world of Chinese cuisine.

Offering guests a true taste of freshwater luxury, Tao has sourced the shellfish from the banks of the Yang Cheng Lake near Shanghai – the most famous area of origin for the Chinese crustaceans, which are considered to be amongst the most prized ingredients of traditional Chinese cuisine.

Tao’s Executive Chinese Chef, Wong Lian You, celebrating his ancestry with the seasonal menu, said he was proud to be offering his guests such a treasured dining experience: “Hairy Crab is an absolute joy to work with,” said Chef Wong. “The flesh is delicate, soft and flavoursome and can be used in a myriad of ways to create truly unforgettable dishes. It is commonly believed to have a yin or ‘cooling’ effect on the body, making it the seasons must have healthy ingredient throughout China.

“As well as the crab meat itself, Hairy Crab roe is a versatile and intriguing ingredient which will be incorporated into the menu at Tao, giving guests exciting dishes on a menu unparalleled in Kuala Lumpur,” he added.

Cool for crabs: As well as a versatile and lauded ingredient, Hairy Crab is believed to have a yin or 'cooling' effect on the body.

Cool for crabs: As well as a versatile and lauded ingredient, Hairy Crab is believed to have a yin or ‘cooling’ effect on the body.

The Hairy Crab menu will feature a blend of traditional and modern flavours and cooking techniques and include classic dishes such as the traditional steamed Hairy Crab with ginger and vinegar dressing, utilising time-honoured method to ensure less wok cooking to ensure freshness and the original sweetness of the crabmeat.

The Hairy Crab menu will be available from October 7 to 31 with prices starting from RM148++ for one traditional steamed Hairy Crab off the a la carte menu. Alternatively, a set lunch menu costs of RM178++ per person for a menu of Traditional Steamed Hairy Crab, Poached Vermicelli with Garoupa and Chilled Lime with Lemongrass Jelly.

A set dinner menu is RM268++ per person and consists of a Hairy Crab Combination (Chilled Hairy Crab Salad with Avocado, Fried Hairy Crab and Scallop Almond and Spicy Ginger Sauce), Traditional Steamed Hairy Crab, Steamed Fois Gras Chawanmushi, Poached Vermicelli with Garoupa and Chilled Lime with Lemongrass Jelly.

Tao is designed to bring guests authentic and memorable dining experiences through the revival of traditional cooking techniques and exceptional menu items. “Tao”, which means peach in Mandarin, is decorated graciously with the bloom of the pale pink peach flower and features hundreds of ornate Chinese teapots collected from around Asia and are displayed for diners to enjoy, inspect and purchase should they wish.

The restaurant houses six private rooms all named after the dynasties in China – Han, Song, Tang, Yuan, Ming, and Qin, and is open seven days a week, serving a la carte lunch from noon to 2:30pmand dinner from 6:30pm to 10:30pm.

For reservations, please call Tao Chinese Cuisine at 603-2161 1111 or e-mail foodandbeverage@intercontinental-kl.com.my

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