20 Mar2008

Crabby Thursday…

by Marketman


We are at the sea shore at the moment, but I have left this post for readers who are still dropping by, despite the holidays in the Philippines. I thought it would be a good idea to feature previous posts that included crabs as an ingredient, and I was shocked to find I had nearly 30(!) posts with crabs as the main ingredient or subject of the post. With at least 20% of this blog’s readers being relative newbies (say less than 3-4 months), I hope some of you will look back into the archives that have nearly 1,600 entries in the past 3.25 years… but here is a rundown of crab related entries to date:

First, a primer on alimango or mud crabs, the creature. Then a post on just the claws of the crustacean, a superb ingredient for a cold appetizer. Then, one of my defining recipes, Chili Crabs a la Marketman. We are probably eating it today… if my suki comes through with an advance order for at least 10 kilos of alimango at the local market. Then, a furious post on The Ultimate Fried Rice we had in a Singapore tourist trap restaurant, about P1,000 for a bowl of crab fried rice! Click on this next link for a delicious and very easy Roasted Butter and Garlic Crab Recipe. Or maybe you would prefer a Maryland style Crab and Corn Soup instead. If crabs and charity interest you, you might want to read about Marketman’s Ultimate Crabby Dinner, a dinner that was auctioned off for PHP20,000. Another MM favorite recipe is Crab with Sotanghon and a dark sauce…superb! For heart attack material, read up on Taba ng Talangka or Crab Roe paste. And what about a more obscure crab, the Camilo or spotted hard crab? An easy dish for the crab and egg fans is a crab omelette. And for the uninitiated, a post on crab cleaning 101, a task I have to admit I do not do myself. :)

Cooked crab shells are works of art in and of themselves. But read up on another post on Chili Crab, with a glimpse of the MM Beach House crab t-shirts for crew, family and friends. If you have leftover chili crabs, make a torta. Or for a more sophisticated twist, how about a crab meat with mayonnaise and dill? Then swing to the other end of the spectrum and enjoy a brilliant crab breakfast in Culion, Palawan. Heart attack material with ubod and crabmeat with pork cracklings in this recipe. And another high-brow surf, turf and sky pairing crab cakes with steaks and foie gras… Yet another house favorite at the beach is a hearty Cioppino, that San Francisco, Italian inspired soup. Or peek into the menu and the giant cross crabs MM had for at a surprise birthday dinner catered by Margarita Fores. A simple recipe for delicious crab cakes are here, or alternatively a Rellenong Alimasag that is so rarely done right these days… For a lighter more Mediterranean take on crab, check out this refreshing Seafood Salad a la Marketman. Take a peek at a photo of hairy crabs in Hong Kong, or head to the top of Bergdorf Goodman in New York for a crab salad with a view of Central Park and finally, one of the best ways to enjoy alimango and alimasag? Fresh from the mangroves and simply steamed, as we had them recently for lunch in Palawan… Enjoy!



  1. Belle says:

    ahhhhhh sinful.. :d

    Mar 20, 2008 | 5:40 am


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  3. elaine says:

    crabs….i’m probably one of the rare species who’s not much into it, generally seafoods with the exception of sardines and squid…..but i did check out the posts on crabs and enjoyed myself in the process while reading..not to forget the photos, they look so real~

    Mar 20, 2008 | 6:46 pm

  4. James says:

    That picture just gave me a craving.

    It’s funny how most Manila folks are so crazy over seafood, expecially crabs, when growing up, I’d always prefer fried chicken than fish, crab, shrimp, etc. Now that I work here in Manila though, I’ve been missing all these underwater yummies abundant at my hometown (Roxas City, Capiz). *Sigh

    By the way, my mom also makes amazing chili crabs, and she puts gata or coconut milk on it.*Salivates

    Mar 21, 2008 | 2:33 am

  5. Apicio says:

    Remember Market Manila community, it’s crab-meat when in North America not crabs. Crabs is something else altogether there.

    Mar 21, 2008 | 7:42 am

  6. Marketman says:

    Apicio, hahaha, you are TOO FUNNY. Brought back memories of the first days in college, when trying to talk about things from home, I said among other things, “we have tons of crabs on the farm…” to which roommates just burst out laughing…

    Mar 23, 2008 | 7:35 am

  7. thejollyjetsetter says:

    Market Man, that crab photo looks delicious. I’m not much of a cook, but ill certainly give it a shot. I had a Singaporean friend who would whip up chili crabs for all of our thanksgiving get together– took him zero time but tasted amazing!

    Mar 23, 2008 | 7:20 pm

  8. Wishful Parent says:

    What a delightful article on crabs, Market Man! I am new to this site and have subscribed to it only last week. I am not a fan of the crabs at our local store here in Ohio. But since we seldom have truly fresh seafood, we indulge ourselves once in a while when the crabs are on sale for $7.99 per pound. The crabs taste mostly salt than actual crab, in my opinion. I miss the actual taste of crab.

    Mar 24, 2008 | 6:51 am

  9. Treskeidecamania says:

    Ouch,the pic looks real..Seafoods is one of my favorite, and crab is what i long for everytime I go for a vacation in our province in ANtique. Just want to share, Caluya Island in Antique celebrate this Tatusan Festival every summer of the year. The festivities features the TATUS or the coconut crab, one of the most expensive crab.nice blogs man…

    Mar 24, 2008 | 5:34 pm

  10. alicia says:

    Have tried several of your crab recipe posts, the crab with sotanghon, roasted butter and garlic crabs and chili and garlic crabs… all delicious and the recipes are relatively straight forward and simple. I urge the other readers to try them out!

    Mar 25, 2008 | 9:32 am


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