This is one of the earliest recipes I dabled with in our early marriage life..
got in from the STAR newspaper, always kumpul recipes from it until now...
1/2 kg crabs
8 fresh red chillies
5 cloves garlic
3 tbsp cooking oil
coriander for garnishing
3 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp of sugar or according to taste
salt, according to taste
1 tbsp soya bean paste(never use it, my hubby is a big no no with tauchu)
1 cup water
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp lime juice
1.Pound garlic & chillies. Heat the oil in a wok & fry the garlic and chillies till fragrant. Then add in crab and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.
2. Mix the tomato ketchup, salt, sugar, soya bean paste, water and cornflour to make the sauce. Add the sauce mixture to the crabs, and stir well for 2 minutes. Cover the wok and and simmer over high heat for 5-7 minutes till the crabs' shell turned bright red.
3.Remove cover, and add in the lime juice. Garnish with coriander leaves and chilli slices.
I personally find that the timing given is crucial. It will make sure the crab just cook and juicy. But kalau tak nak ikut, sukati le labu. I tried the recipes with prawns, sodap jugak. And ada friend (K.Nor) bagi rahsia chilli crab dia by putting serai and santan. I'm sure it is fantastic as well. So, lepas nih pi la tangkap ketam, I personally like ketam nipah, sebab saya kurang allergic kalau saya makan ketam nipah. But try with other type ketam pun sodap.