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URGENT: spicy, fried crab needed for a party tomorrow

TOchowgal Jul 23, 2009 04:27 AM

I have to get 10-15 spicy, fried crabs for a dinner party tomorrow night. It needs to be ready around 4 pm tomorrow and the restaurant must be downtown.

Can someone please help?

I don't care if it is Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian etc etc. as long as I can get them to go. They must be fried and very spicy.


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  1. TOchowgal RE: TOchowgal Jul 23, 2009 05:47 AM

    It could be a stirfried spicy version as well.

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    1. re: TOchowgal
      Amadaeus RE: TOchowgal Jul 23, 2009 06:23 AM

      I'd try T&T Supermarket in Downtown Toronto. They have a hot food section that routinely pumps out sir fried crab. I think they're cantonese style so it's just ginger, pepper, and onions. If it's an emergency, I'd head there because they have it. It's not the most ideal of places, but the crab is real.


      You want the Toronto Downtown location.

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        TOchowgal RE: Amadaeus Jul 23, 2009 06:25 AM

        Thank you!

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          childofthestorm RE: TOchowgal Jul 23, 2009 08:55 AM

          And the nice thing about the T&T crab is you know they're just pulling them out of their tank of crabs. Price is good too.

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            warlock RE: childofthestorm Jul 23, 2009 07:01 PM

            I dont think so,I think the crabs that go to the kitchen are not the freshest ones.....

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              childofthestorm RE: warlock Jul 23, 2009 07:33 PM

              Oh. Gross. OK never mind then.

        2. re: Amadaeus
          TOchowgal RE: Amadaeus Jul 23, 2009 08:57 AM

          I just called T&T and they only have the stir fried crab on the weekends :(

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        mussetto RE: TOchowgal Jul 23, 2009 08:37 AM

        best spicy crab I have had in the city is Bowl Kee Chinese Restaurant: # (905) 948-1249
        # 8360 Kennedy Road, Markham.

        Fresh crab deep fried with Chili peppers and spices sitting on a bed of ground pork and deep fried silver fish. It is a house special and they have been making it for years. The dish is an old recipe from the fishermen that would gather in the Hong Kong Harbour. A bunch of us make the trip out there just for this dish a couple times a month.

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          TOchowgal RE: mussetto Jul 23, 2009 08:48 AM

          Thanks but I was looking for something downtown. I will check this out if I visit Markham.

          1. re: TOchowgal
            erly RE: TOchowgal Jul 23, 2009 10:23 AM

            Lee Gardens have fried soft shell crab on the menu this week.
            They are quite large, but may be pricey.
            They were delicious.
            You could request extra spicy.
            We were there there Tuesday (not my choice) and surprisingly, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
            Lee Gardens gets such negative reviews here.
            Everything was very well executed.

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              TOchowgal RE: erly Jul 23, 2009 10:44 AM


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                erly RE: erly Jul 23, 2009 01:27 PM

                Thought that I should add.. large for Softshell, crab not as a main.
                For a main you would need about four per person

              2. re: TOchowgal
                foodyDudey RE: TOchowgal Jul 23, 2009 10:49 AM

                Another option is to pick up crabs from Bill's lobster, and go to one of the restaurants in the area to have them fried. Bill has told me about a few places that will do that. You bring the seafood and they cook it. It's best to call him if you want to do that as he recommended 2 different places, depending on what you want cooked. One place he mentioned was "Ka Ka Lucky Seafood and BBQ" which is very close to Bill's. The other place was just east of the store.

              3. re: mussetto
                aser RE: mussetto Jul 23, 2009 11:51 AM

                The crab people have referred to in this thread is called "typhoon shelter crab". It comes w/ tons of deep fried garlic and chili peppers, does wonders for your breath.

                So tasty though......

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                  skylineR33 RE: aser Jul 23, 2009 05:08 PM

                  There are more than one version of "typhoon shelter crab", the original one (which is the one that is the best and most delicious to my taste) uses mainly black bean, garlic (not deep fried), dried chili pepper.

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                    mussetto RE: aser Jul 23, 2009 06:22 PM

                    Aser or skylineR33 what are your favourite spots in the city I have only had the one at Bowl Kee ( fantastic) but would love to try other versions. Can't get enough spicy crab...

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                      skylineR33 RE: mussetto Jul 24, 2009 06:34 AM

                      Hi mussetto, I don't have a favourite spot for "typhoon shelter crab" in Toronto, there is no specialty restaurant just for this crab here. I have not seen the original receipe "typhoon shelter crab" in Toronto. But having said that, I would recommend the following restaurant for this kind of crab here :

                      - Richmond Court
                      - Fantasy Eatery (Midland location)

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                        sweetie RE: skylineR33 Jul 24, 2009 07:58 AM

                        What about Royal on Sheppard near Midland, have you been there lately? I remember the crab there to be good and I think the chinese name of that place was typhoon shelter. I haven't been back there for at least a year.

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                          skylineR33 RE: sweetie Jul 24, 2009 10:23 AM

                          I was there around 3 months ago. I have not tried their "typhoon shelter" crab but tried their "typhoon shelter" wok-fried clam. It think the food there is very good and economical in general, typical wok hay style cantonese food in Toronto, similar to Fantasy Eatery.

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                          aser RE: skylineR33 Jul 24, 2009 11:53 AM

                          I haven't had the one at Big Mouth Kee in a while, but I preferred it to the Fantasy Eatery one.

                          I actually had the Fantasy Eatery one last night, and it was too heavy on the corn starch.

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                            childofthestorm RE: aser Jul 28, 2009 01:20 PM

                            BTW I just had lunch at Fantasy Eatery and the crab is on special, $9.99. It was pretty big too, and I had it done "typhoon shelter" style. Delicious.

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                              skylineR33 RE: childofthestorm Jul 28, 2009 01:40 PM

                              We made some at home, the BC dungeness crab at T&T is $3.99/lb, cheap.

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                                childofthestorm RE: skylineR33 Jul 28, 2009 03:05 PM

                                Yeah but you probably have a serious BTU burner at home for your wok, right? For me, I'll pay $10 and have it done for me any time!

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                            erly RE: skylineR33 Aug 14, 2009 08:10 PM

                            We ordered the Typhoon Crab at Emperor this evening, and sorry Skyline, no Black beans, but the 2 plus pounds of Vancouver Crab was so densely covered with dried and fresh garlic and Chili Pepper, that you couldn't even see the Crab.
                            It was truly delicious.

                    2. chocabot RE: TOchowgal Jul 24, 2009 11:57 AM

                      Is there a restaurant anyone recommends that does full size crabs like that downtown? Xam Yu or Wah Sing maybe?

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                        aser RE: chocabot Jul 24, 2009 12:04 PM

                        I would assume Xam Yu to be the best bet for seafood in Chinatown.

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                          chocabot RE: aser Jul 24, 2009 12:14 PM

                          Oo thanks! Good to know.

                      2. Charles Yu RE: TOchowgal Aug 14, 2009 08:19 PM

                        Downtown?! New sky on Spadina!

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