My all time favourite! The king of all crab dishes, this popular dish is served with the shell on. Easy recipe that anyone can make at home.


  • 2 Whole Mud Crabs
  • 3 to 4 tablespoon vegetable oil
For the spice paste:
  • 6 to 7 shallots
  • 1 1/2-inch knob ginger
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste, roasted
  • 6 to 8 medium garlic cloves
  • 3 to 4 Birds eye chilli
For the sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon Tauchu (Soy Bean Paste)
  • 1 chicken cube
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 cup hot-sweet chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, mix with 1/4 cup water
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
For the Garnish:
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander


1. In large pot, add boiling water and add the crabs. Let it cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Take it out and break the crab into into pieces.

2. In a food processor, add the ginger, garlic, chilli, shallots, shrimp paste. Blend into a paste. Set aside.

3. Meanwhile, in a large wok, heat oil over high medium heat. Stir in the spice paste and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Add the tomato ketchup, sweet chilli sauce, tauchu, chicken bouillon, palm sugar and water. Let it simmer for 2 to 4 minutes.

5. Add the crab and reduce to low heat. Cover loosely and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Season to taste.

6. If the gravy is too watery add in the cornstarch. Once gravy thickens, add beaten egg and gently stir. Let it cook for another 1 minute. Garnish with scallions and coriander.

7. Best serve with steamed rice or mantou buns. Gravy is best mopped up with fried mantou buns!

Bon appétit!
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