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Malaysian Chili Crab

Malaysian my and mine again? I can't help it guys (Pandan/Screwpine Cheesecake). Seriously, what else can you expect from me. Its always been, my background, I have been cooking Malaysian dishes and each time I cook again, I can't seemingly break free from Malaysia. Basically, because our local produce is the reason. Cheaper pretty much for keeping my cost to cooking low (Malaysian Lamb Curry NoodlesMalaysian Fried Mee & Malaysian Spicy Sour Fish Soup Noodles) and we, no matter what, we generally fancy our style of food. We basically love our big, bold flavours and must I include chillies for all Malaysians? I reckon I should. No chillies, I guess, we feel we have not had a complete mouth packing meal (Chilli Aloo, Grilled Spicy Prawns, Stingray Sambal SauceSweet Chilli Chicken & Chilli Soy Fish). Chillies. Whether over-loaded or a tiny bit, but it must be chillies in some way or rather (Chilli Lime Fish, Sambal Tumis Ikan Bilis, Spicy Fried Wings & Sichuan Chilli Prawns). What about, how of much chillies are you now asking me? How much you should add for this Malaysian Chilli Crab? Up to you. As you wish for these spicy tangy Malaysian Chilli Crab (Indian Crab Soup & Crab Curry) which I bet is already tickling your taste-buds. 

1 1 /2 kg flower crabs - remove shells and cut into two. 
1 medium size tomato - chopped
1 1/2 tbsp cornflour (mix with 4 tbsp water)
1/4 cup oil
1 tbsp white vinegar
2 stalks spring onion - cut into 1/2 inch length
1/2 cup water
Salt and sugar to taste 

For chilli paste (blended/grounded)
7 to 10 dried red chillies (or as preferred) - soaked to soften
2 fresh chillies
5 shallots
1 inch ginger
6 garlic

When oil is heated, fry chilli paste until aromatic and oil splits. 
Add crabs, chopped tomato, vinegar, sugar, salt and water. 
Stir and cook until crabs are nice and tender.
Pour in cornflour.
Stir and once gravy thickens up, remove from heat.
Garnish with spring onion before serving.



  1. I heard tat u just poke the eyes to kill the crab...

  2. Oh,,,i just love the way you cook the crabs,all my favorite spices ingredients on this chilli crabs sound very tasty,spicy and flavorful,welldone ,,,make my mouth watering right now :)

  3. I love crabs too...but have yet to cook any at home since I have the fear of killing them. A friend describe how it was done and it freaked me out:(

  4. One of my favourites ever! I used to have these at the Seafood Centres in Singapore all the time! In fact, I have a recipe of it on my site too! Do you know it's so difficult to get fresh, uncooked crabs here? I have to order it through a fishmonger in another county! Susah sekali!

  5. This is a delicious preparation for crabs. I am sure that chilies do add a nice kick of flavor. I have never had them with this type of gravy-they look tasty!

  6. I would never even realise this is crab, I have never seen it looping so delicious :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Nava, I have tried crab once and liked it but never ever made at home. I am scared of handling it. This one looks spicy and yummy.

  8. I don't make crab too often, but this looks so good:)

  9. love crab :3 but with salted egg

  10. my hon would love this Ms.Nava..yummy and hot ;)

  11. Are you sure?? Damm geli weii. I actually cold carbs too!

  12. Woah! 3 -4 crabs! Nice. I love crab too but never cook it at home because like you I don't have the guts to clean it either! This chilli crab recipe sounds delicious.

  13. I too could eat that many crabs, I love them! I cant buy live ones either, I just cant bring myself to kill them. These look pretty amazing! Super delicious.

  14. I love crabs but have never tried cooking flower crabs in this manner. Gosh, the chilli paste looks very appetizing, dear!

  15. I love chili crabs too, especially the gravy!

  16. I am not too fond of sea food, mostly because i can't get myself to do the cleaning and preparation intimidates But, bravo for making these crabs at home!

  17. I'm not sure what flower crabs are, but I'm intrigued by this. I might have to try adapting this to king crab, which is what we have here.

  18. This sounds great...such a shame I can't eat crab! Would it work with something different that's not shellfish?

  19. i think i will never have the courage to cook a live crab ==|

  20. I like the sweetness from the flower crabs! just that I wish they are bigger in size!

  21. Yikes ... Cannot bring myself to kill a live creature and eat it ... Finished dish looks great, though :-)

  22. Your chilli crabs look so delicious! I am not sure if I ever tried one before... Usually what we order in Malaysia are crabs with salted eggs or black pepper... I lived in Singapore but many years but never tried its famous chilli crabs either!

  23. family in europe would have loved this..too bad crabs are not readily available or is veryyy expensive.hahah

  24. You are on the roll with amazing recipe this one its perfection to the palette yum.


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