These amazingly fresh, clean and meaty alimango traveled from Culion, Palawan by plane. A crew member’s family was arriving from Culion and they generously offered to bring some stuff with them… I asked for two kilos of raw, sun-dried cashew nuts (not roasted, salted or sugared) and some crab if they hadn’t already filled up their baggage allowance. They arrived with this spectacular bounty, a small box filled with roughly ten kilos of alimango! Wow!
Packed just hours before and covered with dahon ng bakhaw or mangrove tree leaves, the crabs were incredibly feisty once freed from their tight quarters…
…and with massive and powerful claws just barely tied with a bit of synthetic straw, you had to be really careful while extracting them from the box.
Notice how incredibly CLEAN the shells of these live crabs are. That’s what they look like when they are caught in the wild, amongst the mangroves… these aren’t raised in crowded muddy fishponds and fed all kinds of questionable grub…
It was roughly 1pm in the afternoon when these were delivered to our home, and I just knew we had to have them for dinner. But there’s no way we could consume ten kilos worth, so we picked five enormous crabs weighing roughly a kilo each, and shared the remaining crabs with crew and families.
Despite being “tied-up”, the critters still managed to clamber up over the edge of the plastic wash basin and scampered across the tiled kitchen floor. These guys had huge eyes, and frankly, if we didn’t eat them for dinner, I would have feared for my toes if they had escaped and hid in some dark corner of the house, waiting to get revenge. :(
They can crawl surprisingly fast.
This crab weighed in at nearly a kilo in weight.
Waiting for the inevitable…