The Boiling Crab, Los Angeles

  16 August 2015

Hold onto your hats folks because BAM! LOOK AT THIS TABLE O’ SEAFOOD BOIL! After dancing and drinking the night away at my cousins wedding (congrats Alex and Nguyet!), I took the rellies to The Boiling Crab in Koreatown for an epic seafood feast. We joined the queue around 11.30am and made it into the promised land after a 45mins wait.

The restaurant is festooned with a giant shark, fish nets and life buoys and all the tables are lined in butchers paper just begging for a bag of seafood boil to be upended. The whiteboard at the front of the room displays what seafood is available and their prices so all you gotta do is figure out how many pounds of what you’d like to eat, your spice level and what flavour sauce to go with it (Rajun Cajun, Lemon Pepper, Garlic or the Whole Sha-bang which is a mix of the 3).

Poor Noods watched in envy as the double order of Shrimp ($10/pound) smothered in garlic sauce was plonked onto our table first. The shrimp were large and juicy and that garlic sauce was ridiculously addictive, we just kept dunking anything and everything into that gloriously fragrant sauce!

The Crawfish ($11/pound) in the Whole Sha-bang sauce were fiddly little suckers but with a little patience they were totally worth the effort! Twist off their heads, suck out the juices if you’re so inclined and carefully separate the thinner membrane from the underbelly before carefully pulling out their sweet, sweet flesh which I reckon kinda tastes like a yabbie. Once I got into the crawfish deshelling groove I steadily grew my pile of crawfish meat before dunking a handful into the sauce and gleefully stuffing my face.

But then it’s crab time and we’ve ordered 2 rounds of the Snow Crab Legs ($16/pound) in garlic sauce because hey we’re on holidays and it’s so freaking cheap even with the crappy Aus dollar! I was extremely grateful that we were all wearing ginormous plastic bibs because as soon as we grabbed the crackers there was shell, crab and juices flying everywhere and we all took great delight in seeing who could extricate the biggest piece of flesh intact.

We decide to skip the Dungeness Crab Legs ($18/pound) in favour of a double serve of Alaskan King Crab Legs ($23/pound) in lemon pepper sauce which are so incredibly meaty that we start to doubt if we’d be able finish all our seafood.

The Lobster ($17/pound) is last to arrive but when it does it is greeted with awed silence at how massive this monster is.

Check out how big that freaking lobster was! Our waitress told us the lobsters weighed about 3-4 pounds (1.3-1.8kg) and it was just oh so satisfying grabbing the lobster and ripping off the tail to get at the meat! I did prefer the crab meat over the lobster meat as it had a bit more of a bite to it but it was still delicious especially dunked in the spicy Cajun sauce.

Oh and then there was Sweet Potato Fries ($4) because, carbs. With crispy edges and fluffy innards, they were the perfect vehicle to mop up sauces.

Aaaand demolished! This was one of our fave meals on our USA trip and is definitely on the Must Eat list for when we return!

The Boiling Crab (Koreatown)
3377 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Trading Hours:
Mon – Fri: 3pm – 10pm
Sat – Sun: 12pm – 10pm

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