Friday, November 28, 2008

Mom's Chili Flower Crabs


I was so happy last afternoon when I had my lunch at my parents place. Yuhoo!!! I spotted a mouth-watering dish! Mom cooked my favourite flower crabs. Yummy Yummy!

Now a days, flower crab is no longer cheap. 1kg of flower crab cost for RM19. Dad bought 4 big crabs from our nearby wet market for RM22. We normally buy our raw seafood directly from fishermen. But sometimes, you just can't find any supply of flower crab at all the stalls due to lack of harvest. But, if they have a good catch, they will offer better price.

Crab meat is an excellent source of high quality protein, vitamins, and minerals that are needed for good nutrition. Crab meat is an good source of phosphorus, zinc, copper, calcium, and iron and is very low in fat, especially saturated fat. However, it is also somewhat high in cholesterol which can also raise your blood cholesterol level. Ah.....forget about it la, I just enjoy it once in a blue moon, shouldn't have much issue.

When hubby studied in Perth, Australia, he stayed with his brother and sister in law. They used to have outings during the weekends. One of the activities was catching blue crabs (here we called flower crabs). However, only adult crabs were allowed to catch. If not, will be summoned by the rangers ha...I shall experience the crab catching when we visit there in future. :)

Compared to mud crab, flower crab has softer shell. It's easier to consume as the shell comes off easily. I don't know how to cook it, I just know how to eat, haha...My mom stir fried the crabs with ginger strips, lots of chopped garlic, chili paste, and seasoned with light soy sauce and sugar. It tasted so yummy. The flesh is fresh and sweet. Hmm...just that this time dad got all male crabs, so no roe lor.... If not, the dish will be more tastier. I don't mind to spend my time to slowly enjoy the crabs. Fingers licking good! :D

21 comments:

Tummythoz said...

I'm better. Not only know how to eat, I try to supervise the cooking. Try is the oprative word here. Mom will of course throw me out in 2 mins. ;D

Little Inbox said...

Tummythoz, haha jia lat, somemore u kacau your mom. Naughty hah!

ck lam said...

Looks yummy...sure is more convenient eating crabs at home as compare to eating it outside.

Little Inbox said...

CK, oh yes! No need to take care of deportment hor? LOL

Elinluv said...

The way you described the finger licking good part makes me wanna cook this dish aso :) I love seafood. ^^

Little Inbox said...

Elinluv, I love seafood too, but I seldom cook seafood, just eating out.

Duckie said...

oh, this really makes me miss my mum's sweet and sour crabs!!! =(

Little Inbox said...

Duckie, no worry, ask your mom to cook then. :)

worldwindows said...

I was living with a family in the Visayas, Philippines and they brought back a big bag of live blue crabs from the lagoon nearby. All of them were dumped into a kerosene tin (those old days) right to to the brim and brought to boil. My goodness, ever heard about crab poisoning!

New Kid on the Blog said...

:( You made me hungry at this hour.

squall said...

so good...can eat mom cook flower crab~~

Little Inbox said...

Worldwindow, awwww....cleanliness issue.

New kid, so late already, tomorrow go hunt for some delicious food la...:)

Squall, envy ler?

Food For Tots said...

Nothing beats home-cooked food esp mom's. My hubby n I looooove crabs esp creamy butter crab. Btw I am also frm Pg. Hehehe!

Little Inbox said...

Food For Tots, hello! I see, you are from Penang too. Nice to meet you!

ICook4Fun said...

Thanks for stopping by at my blog. We have lots of flower crabs here and its pretty cheap. We pay around $6.00 for a dozen and all of them are female. Mom's cooking is always the best. I can't wait to go home in January to eat my mom's cooking :)

Little Inbox said...

ICook4Fun, so you coming back during CNY? :)

Dora said...

I luv spicy chili crabs...like to dip bread into the gravy also!

Little Inbox said...

Dora, yes provided the crabs are female, so that the roe can enhance the sauce.

Something About Us said...

I love crabs too! But Ming is allergy to seafood and so I rarely have the chance to eat as no one has it with me

- Ling

Little Inbox said...

Ling, too bad huh? Another option, next time when you dine out with family or friends, can order seafood stuff.

Anonymous said...

how do you cook this? could you share the recipe? thanks!

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