There’s nothing quite like the lure of pulling something from a tank just moments before it is cooked and you get to sink your teeth into it. It is primitive…wild really, and as you hammer away at the shelled crustacean you think to yourself, I could really get used to this.
Anyway, the Sabah crab looks a lot like the Sri Lankan Crab except that the flesh is far sweeter and tastier. You really need to try it to understand why we Malaysians get Wild Over Crabs. Just to give you a rough estimate on the size, we have included a photo of a human thumb vs. the crab claw. Is it not huge? Maybe one day you will visit my country and see why the mad craze over these huge shelled crustaceans!
Dining on the Sabah crab is an activity that many Malaysians hold in high esteem. It is a sheer man-versus-beast slopfest and when it is served it resembles a bowl of deep, murky, bright-red chili sauce out of which several crab legs and thick claws protrude. You enter the battle armed with two-pronged stainless steel picks, extra napkins, a small version of a chopping board and something that looks like a square metal hammer.
A plastic bag is placed on the chopping board for you to insert your crab claw, so you can smash the hell out of the shell, without getting bright orange sauce all over your nice Armani shirt as well as your neighbours. And if that is insufficient artillery for you, do what we locals always do… just use your God given enamels and go at it like a caveman. As you suck the life out of your crab like a lost soul, with guilty chili-stained hands, try not to look too deranged like you have just committed some gruesome murder but couldn’t remember how or why.
A great way to soak up all the remaining saucy goodness in the bowl is to use the deepfried bread as a sponge. Give it a good dunk into the sauce and let it suck up all the juices. The crust of the bread is a crispy golden brown and softens as you dip it in the sauce. Delicious!
About this week’s guest writer
Mei is an avid traveler, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, who enjoys writing about her travel and gastronomic experiences. In her words: “It all started out a couple of years back as a means to journal our travels and related photos.” However, because we enjoy eating so much (as do other Malaysians) this blog soon took on the form of a food blog: Cumi & Ciki is a Malaysian food and travel blog. The name is derived from a popular educational television puppet show for Malaysian children in the 70s and 80s. This is the tale of the two traveling, eating, thrill-seeking monkeys from Kuala Lumpur. Food and culture go hand in hand. We feel that in life, we need to enjoy what we do, have passion; cultivate a sense of curiosity about the world.
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