Chilli Crab

Serving 4 pax
Skill Intermediate

2 Mud crabs
16 Fried mantou
Coriander leaves for garnish

5 tbsp Cooking oil
1 tsp Tau cheo
3 tbsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
5 tbsp Tomato ketchup
250ml Boiling water
2 Eggs (beaten)

Chilli paste
5 Shallots (peeled)
5 cloves Garlic (peeled)
5 Red chillies (seeds removed)
8 Dried chillies (seeds removed & rehydrated in water)
1 stalk Lemongrass
6 Candlenuts
4 slicesGalangal
2 tbsp Belacan (toasted)

  1. Clean crabs and remove gills. Cut into quarters. Set aside.
  2. Prepare sauce. Place all ingredients for chilli paste in a food processor and blend into a smooth paste.
  3. Heat oil in a wok over medium heat. Add chilli paste and stir-fry until aromatic.
  4. Add tau cheo, sugar, salt and tomato ketchup. Mix well.
  5. Add crabs and mix to coat crabs with sauce.
  6. Add boiling water and cover wok with a lid. Lower heat and simmer for 8–12 minutes, until crabs turn bright red.
  7. Slowly stir beaten eggs into sauce. Let cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  8. Dish out and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with fried mantou.
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