Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Anjung Ketam, Crab Restaurant, Labuan, Malaysia

Anjung Ketam, Crab Restaurant, Labuan
Anjung Ketam, Crab Restaurant, Labuan
Anjung Ketam, Labuan, Malaysia

Sitting on stilts poking out over the East coast of Labuan sits Anjung Ketam (Crab Verandah). As part of an initiative by the Labuan Tourism Board, the jetty was constructed to provide an opportunity for the local fishermen to grow their businesses. Charged a very small fee for monthly rental, the locals also received training from a chef and business experts from KL. After a slow start, it is now one of the most popular restaurants on the island. So popular in fact that you are well advised to make a reservation or risk waiting hours for a table or worse still, missing out on the crab altogether.

The fishermen’s daily catch is served at the restaurant, so inclement weather literally means no dinner. All seafood is cooked and eaten the same day it is caught. Anjung Ketam is also a little different to some of the other coastal restaurants as crab is prepared Malay style, an attractive variation from the popular Chinese recipes.

Crab, of course, is the main attraction and Anjung Ketam serves both varieties from the deep sea and the mangroves. Difficult to highlight any one dish above another, as they were all so scrumptious, the Buttermilk Crab though is a difficult choice to beat. The sauce alone could make a rich meal soaked up with steamed rice. The dishes we eagerly devoured were:

Guava with asamboi (a sour and salty sprinkling) served as an appetizer.
Anjung Ketam, Crab Restaurant, Labuan
Guava with Asamboi
Steamed Crab
Anjung Ketam, Crab Restaurant, Labuan
Steamed Crab
Mussels in Lemongrass
Anjung Ketam, Crab Restaurant, Labuan
Mussels with Lemongrass
Buttermilk Deep Sea Crab
Anjung Ketam, Crab Restaurant, Labuan
Buttermilk Deep Sea Crab
Baby Kai Lan in Garlic and Oyster Sauce – fresh and slightly sweet
Anjung Ketam, Crab Restaurant, Labuan
Baby Kai Lan with Oyster Sauce and Garlic
Salted Egg Prawns – with curry leaves
Anjung Ketam, Crab Restaurant, Labuan
Prawns in Salted Egg
Buttermilk Mangrove Crab – note the enormous claws
Anjung Ketam, Crab Restaurant, Labuan
Buttermilk Mangrove Crab
Anjung Ketam is a picturesque drive around 20 minutes from the city centre. Any taxi driver knows the location and it should cost less than RM15 for the ride. Alternatively you can hire a car and take directions from the locals. There are not too many roads around Labuan so as long as you see the coast on your right (if coming from downtown) you can’t go wrong.

Anjung Ketam is open daily for dinner from 5pm until around 10 or 11pm (depending on how late guests arrive or when the crab runs out - whichever comes earlier). For a guaranteed table be sure to make a booking (ask your hotel staff to call for you). Divided into a number of small cooking stations, Stall Number One is where our delicious crab dishes came from.

Reason to visit: anything crabby at very reasonable prices, local ambience

Anjung Ketam
Gerai (stall) No. 1
Asliana Asmad
Tanjung Aru
+6 08 7424 366
Labuan
Malaysia

14 comments:

  1. the ketams sure look delicious =)

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    1. Nice to have both sea and mangrove types too. :-)

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  2. wow... crab haven!!! the prawns looked awesome too... take me there Right Now pls...

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  3. The buttermilk crabs and salted egg prawns look excellent! Guava with asam sprinklings as appetizers must have been nice for a change, aside from the usual peanuts, haha.

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    1. Oh yeah, I did like the lightness of the guava as opposed to the oiliness of a peanut appetizer. :-)

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  4. if i'm ever in labuan, i'll give this place a try. I'm still procastinating my trip there.

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    1. Oh, more to come on Labuan. Stay tuned. We had a great weekend there. :-)

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  5. ooo, i've never been to labuan for food before. but with such succulent seafood awaiting, i shouldn't procrastinate! :D

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    1. Cheaper too than what we find on the mainland. :-)

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  6. Drool!!! Hope to hop over to Labuan some day. Not into the spotted crabs, the sea ones...but love those mangrove crabs. Slurpssss!!!!

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    1. What a coincidence, I was just chatting with a friend last night who said the exact same thing. :-)

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