Tamarind crab

Tamarind crab

By
From
Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong
Serves
4
Photographer
Stuart Scott

Kampot has the best crab in the country; some say the best in South-East Asia. The most popular crab is blue swimmer, as it is more available and a“ffordable than mud crab. I found their blue swimmer crabs quite small, maybe due to over fishing, but locals say theirs only grow to a certain size and are more tender than their larger cousins. They were right: I found myself eating right through their soft shells. When buying tamarind, always go for the tamarind pulp that comes in blocks. Take it home and make your own tamarind paste or sauce. I– never buy the paste already made in a jar, as I find it too light and artificial.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 red asian shallots, finely sliced
1/2 onion, cut into thick wedges
1 tablespoon black or kampot peppercorns
2 medium-sized blue swimmer crabs, cleaned and quartered
1 handful khmer basil or thai basil, plus extra to garnish, optional
1 long red chilli, finely sliced, plus extra to garnish, optional

Tamarind sauce

Quantity Ingredient
125ml tamarind water, (see note)
2 tablespoons liquid palm sugar or shaved palm sugar
2 tablespoons fish sauce

Method

  1. Combine the tamarind sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl with a pinch of sea salt. Mix well, then set aside.
  2. Add the vegetable oil, garlic, shallot and onion to a hot wok. Stir-fry over high heat for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  3. Add the peppercorns and crab and toss for 7 minutes.Now add the tamarind sauce and cook for a further minute, or until the crab pieces are cooked through.
  4. Add the basil and chilli, toss once and serve, garnished with more basil and chilli if desired.

Note

  • To make tamarind water, soak 100 g tamarind pulp in 400 ml boiling water. Break it up a little with a whisk, then leave until cool enough to handle. Using your hands, break the mixture into a thick paste. Pass the mixture through a sieve; you should get about 375 ml tamarind water.
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