[Hong Kong] Erawan Thai Premium - Best Fried Crab with Tom Yum Paste

Rating: ❤❤❤❤1/2

Erawan Thai Premium, a sister branch of the Michelin recommended Moon Thai, is now my favorite Thai restaurant in Hong Kong! I don't usually make big claims like that, but I think you may agree with me after trying the award-winning Fried Crab with Tom Yum Paste here. Helmed by Executive Chef Lek who has over 35 years of culinary experience at Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok and Hong Kong, the food is traditional and authentic which is just what I've been craving for and reasonably priced as well. 

Both sister restaurants serve the same dishes but what sets them apart are the creative cocktails available at Erawan Thai Premium with a new mixologist on board. I tried the Ocean Wave ($68) which looked gorgeous with its blueish ombre hue while the taste was fruity and refreshing with lychee flavors. 
Erawan Thai Premium coconut ocean wave

Grilled Pork Neck ($88) is a dish that I always order at a Thai restaurant and the texture of the pork here was juicy and bouncy but a tad leaner than expected. I loved the accompanying tangy and spicy sauce though which was really appetizing.
Erawan Thai Premium grilled pork neck

Red Curry with Roasted Duck ($138) is another favorite of mine and while the curry was spicy and flavorful, I thought it would have been better if the roasted duck had been laid on top of the curry so that the skin would still be crispy. I liked the use of fresh fruits in the curry especially with the sweet and juicy pineapples and lychees.
Erawan Thai Premium red curry with duck

I usually don't like to eat vegetables but the Fried Morning Glory with Belachan ($88) was a classic dish that I could eat everyday.

Finally the dish that stole my heart was this Fried Crab with Tom Yum Paste (market price)! The whole stir-fried crab was really fresh and sweet while the tom yum sauce was amazingly delicious as it was spicy and sweet at the same time. It was so good that we had to order naans in order to finish off the sauce with it. This was hands down the best crab dish I've had this year!
Erawan Thai Premium fried crab with tom yum paste

The Fried Tiger Prawn with Spicy Thai Herbs was another award winning dish that not only looked grand in presentation but also smelled deliciously aromatic from the spices and herbs they were stir-fried in. 
Erawan Thai Premium fried tiger prawn

Our meal ended on a strong note with this Mango with Glutinous Rice and Coconut Milk ($88)! The mango was really fresh and sweet while the glutinous rice was superb as it had just the right amount of sweetness and texture. J was so impressed he finished all of the rice while I happily polished off the mangoes. 
Erawan Thai Premium mango glutinous rice

Verdict - I was very impressed with the food at Erawan Thai Premium and I'm definitely coming here whenever I'm craving for the fried crab with tom yum paste!

*By Invitation

Erawan Thai Premium
4/F, Astoria Building
24-38 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 3708 8368

Moon Thai
2/F, Holiday Inn Express
83 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 2581 1288

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