James on Hastings – Dry Fried Curry Dungeness Crab
Back in June, we were feeling the craving for some tasty crab so we headed over to James on Hastings… a tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant on (you guessed it) Hastings Street.
Service here is a bit spotty and tends to be on the slow side. First up was the complimentary soup. We had also ordered some Cold Lemon Tea but it seemed to take forever for them to come out. We weren’t sure if they forgot them.
About half an hour later, our food started to arrive at the table.
This was the reason for coming here… their signature Dry Fried Curry Dungeness Crab. The crab was about 2.5 lbs and fairly meaty. I enjoyed the dry spiciness of the dish… as well as the innards under the shell. The only drawback is that my fingers were yellow for a couple of days afterwards and I couldn’t wash it off.
We also had the two course Peking Duck (lettuce wrap not shown). I was disappointed that the chips were so oily and, because they were sitting in oil, they wound up turning soggy. Nothing ruins Peking Duck like soggy shrimp chips.
We needed some veggies and ordered the Pea Tips stir-fried in garlic. Like the shrimp chips, the pea tips were sitting in quite a bit of oil.
For dessert, they brought out a slightly sweet tong sui with yam chunks. It was surprisingly good and I liked having something other than usual red bean soup.
If you come here, make sure you try their dry fried curry dungeness crab but don’t be surprised if your fingers smell of curry for the next few days.
2683 East Hastings Street
Posted on September 5, 2016, in Chinese, Restaurant Review, Seafood and tagged Chinese, Curry Crab, Food, Lettuce Wrap, Peking Duck, restaurant review, Sunrise, Vancouver. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.