Last week I was invited to go and check out Boiling Crab by one of my very best friends. Having never had seafood in a bag before, I thought it would be churlish of me to reject his offer. I’ve always heard great things about this place, so I figured it was about time I gave it a try.
We were presented with the menu, which is mostly made up of different seafood sets all of which are boiled in their special spicy sauce.You can also order extra portions of the shell fish and other sides like bread and wedges. Once we had placed our order we were presented with these adorable bibs. As far as I’m concerned there really aren’t enough lobster adorned clothes in this world.
We opted for the Snow Crab Combo (89,000). The set is recommended for 3-4 people and includes Snow Crab, Shrimp, Korean Crab, Mussels, Clams, Corn, Potatoes, and a sausage. You can also choose how spicy you want your sauce. There are three levels and we went for the medium, although both of the boys would have preferred the spicier version, my weak taste buds prevailed. Once it was ready the waitress brought it over and snipped it open.
As you can see the bag is very hefty and filled to the brim, although at that price it should be. We were each given our own shears for cracking the shells and a pair of gloves, which at first I refused, then realized were incredibly necessary. The crab legs while giant didn’t yield a great deal of meat, but the shrimps were of a good size. There were also plenty of clams and mussels. Included in the bag are potatoes and corn which really help bulk out the meal and make it a bit heartier. There is also a Korean sausage in there, which I always find particularly loathsome, but I heard they had plans to change it soon to a spicy Italian sausage which I think would be much better. The sauce was quite spicy for me, but the boys wanted more heat. It was also a bit repetitive after a time as it masked the flavour of the seafood a little, so everything tasted the same.
It certainly took quite some time but we managed to plow through it all in the end. We ended up making quite the mess, the table was absolutely covered, although I guess that’s half the fun!
Overall I think this place is worth trying at least once if you like shellfish. It is on the pricey side but since shell fish is generally a premium ingredient it’s probably quite fair. They had a couple of different sets including lobster, tiger prawns, and scallops which I thought sounded good. I can’t say to how authentic this place is compared to what you get by the sea in Louisiana as I’ve never had anything like it before, but it’s certainly fun.
Boiling Crab is located at 1F, 21 Itaewon-ro, 14-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon station and come out of exit 4. Walk straight and take a left just before you reach Mcdonalds. Walk straight, and you will see Boiling Crab just past Braai Republic. For more information you can call them on 02-792-8864 or check out their facebook page.