Fatty Crab, New York

There’s street food, and then there is street food on steroids! The funny thing about being a foodie is that one always has a complete list of restaurants to eat at whenever we go travelling, leaving little to chance, especially when it’s a good Mecca such as New York. What I was glad for, however, was deciding to leave a few slots open to take up recommendations, and there was one unanimous decision from friends across the board and from different walks of my life. That decision was called Fatty Crab – not a restaurant, judging by its sound, made for the likes of me with crustacean allergies, but I was urged to call upon Shakespeare and look beyond the name.  As it turned out, there was a branch of Fatty Crab in West Village, right next to the High Line (a disused elevated railway line, now converted into a public walkway) which I wanted to stroll down and thus a lunch date with a dear friend from college was born.

Mango
Pork bun

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Whilst waiting, I spotted a childhood favourite – Green mango with salt, sugar and chilli. Street food in its truest form – cart vendors would stroll down the street in South India serving up paper cones of green mango and a chilli-salt dip. These were a tad bit sweet and not spicy enough, but then again, probably an adaptation for tamer palates.

Next up Steamed pork buns but not as we know it – braised pork belly wedged into fluffy rice buns served up with a sriracha and soy dip. Unctuous, sinful and instigates many sounds of pleasure.

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And for the main event, it was the Beef Rendang with pickles – in your face, grabbing you by the ears, making you want to be a complete savage and dig your face completely into the plate and devour it as if it were your last meal. Pickled green beans and turnips, a heap of fresh coriander and jasmine rice, all topped with toasted coconut – oh did I mention it was beef short rib? Go away, stop licking the screen.

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Yes, there is no doubt.. Fatty Crab really is the real deal, ground rocking, Asian street food on steroids that everyone says it is.   I was sad I didn’t have time to go a second time, though I really should have instead of going to Momofuku Ssam!

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Recommend you go: for sure! lunchtime is quiet and perfect!

Food: 8

Website
Fatty Crab on Urbanspoon

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