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Jun 10, 2013 09:34 AM

Softshell Crabs at New Malaysia!

Last weekend at New Malaysia, in the "Arcade" (alleyway) between Elizabeth and the Bowery just below Canal, having already ordered my usual curried beef-brisket soup, I spotted their new placard for softshell crabs as a seasonal specialty. Went back yesterday, and even though I was leaning toward the salt-and-pepper, when the waitress recommended the mango version, I said OK. Turns out it was simply one of the best, and best prepared, dishes I've ever eaten in C'town! Sectioned smaller crabs, at least a couple, maybe three (i.e. a gracious plenty) perfectly, greaselessly fried in a light batter, with plenty of sliced mangoes in a chile-nut sauce. With a bowl of rice, and a canai roti to start (good idea, as the crabs took a long time to arrive) it was a bit too much to finish.

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  1. Thank you for the report. Not only do i love soft shell crab, I've been meaning to try this Malaysian restaurant as it had been recommended to me by friends from Malaysia.

    1. I am on it!!! I am a sucker for soft shell crabs. Thanks for the rec.

      1. hmm interesting was it really sweet?

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        1. re: Lau

          No, not at all, that might have put me off.

          1. re: bob192

            Thanks for this rec: l ate there a couple of weeks ago with my son. We got them mango-style, and they were as good as you described. Also got that roti canai, and Hainan chicken, both excellent. When cooler weather comes back, l'll definitely try that beef brisket soup!

            The following week, we got the salt and pepper soft shell crab at GNYNT, which was great, but not as good as the New Malaysia dish.

            1. re: howdini

              interesting, will def give a try