One of the things I look forward to during my husband’s break from sea duty is the homecoming of fresh crabs from the vast Philippine seas! Once in a while, it feels really good (really!) to indulge in these tasty crustaceans. Normally, to satisfy this indulgence, we go to Dampa in Cubao, The Red Crab or Claw Daddy’s. It’s still best for me to have it at home though because freshness and quality of meat (and fat) is assured plus it doesn’t dent the wallet at all!
I don’t know much about crabs…just these things:
- They are best steamed ALIVE! Poor ones.
- Crabs with narrow abdomen are male and those with wider ones are female.
- Female crabs are supposedly preferred because they have more meat. (and again, fat!)
- In here, local people like “gay” crabs as well. I haven’t known how that is distinguished though.
- Crabs are omnivores. On these crabs’ trip to my home, they had some plants in the box to feast on.
- When crabs are cooked, they turn into a nice and bright orange color.
Here they are in a box, alive and kicking!
Transferred into a pan for cooking…
And after being nicely cooked, my daughter and I went straight to feast on it, making me forget to catch a photo of these bright, orange cooked crabs. Sigh.
They’re gone now.