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After four years in the Great White North, I am brave enough to cook crabs. You may remember that I turned a Pacific dungeness crab into an Indonesian Chili Crab (Kepiting Saus Padang). I used to have crabs in Indonesia, but never cooked them by myself. You can find live dungeness crabs at Superstore or any fish markets. Only once a while, I saw fresh blue crabs at one of Asian markets in Winnipeg.

After I left my home country, I felt how I was spoiled by warm weather to produce all year long tropical fresh fruits and vegetables for sure. Abundant street food availability had made me lazy to learn about cooking from my family. My maternal grandmother and mom was a great cook. I probably could call my mom, a chef. Ability to craft healthy and creative dishes for her own catering business was her passion.

It came a moment where I had to move out from my parents’ house. I had to live at a rent’s room close by the university where I went for school. The school that I went is in West Java province. It is about 734 kms from my hometown. Once a while, I tried to cook by myself just because I want to reduce the MSG came into my body, very simple stir fry veggies. Heck, I even didn’t know how to cook rice without a rice cooker.

Do you know who taught me how to cook rice without a rice cooker? My husband! Can you believe that? He knows how to cook rice on a stove and didn’t know how to cook it with a rice cooker. The opposite of me, eh!

Anyway, here I am cooking Indonesian food and try to be as authentic as I can from Manitoba’s kitchen after couple years learned from a lady who has worked for our family in Indonesia, online websites and Indonesian cookbooks. Furthermore, I never stop learning.

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A tips on cooking whole and live crabs that I got from this website. Take advantage of their cold-bloodedness! Chilling the crabs in the fridge or freezer just before use will slow their metabolism down enough that you can handle them easily.

Please enjoy my second cooking of crabs, Gulai Manis Rajungan – West Sumatran Blue Crab Curry that I cooked on December 20, 2009.

Gulai Manis Rajungan
West Sumatran Blue Crab Curry
recipe by Tabloid Nova, modified by me

5 – 6 blue crabs, brushed
1200 ml coconut milk (I combined 1000 ml coconut milk, 1/4 cup coconut cream, and 200 ml clam juice)
4 red/cayenne chilies, cut lengthwise
2 asam kandis (can be substituted for kokkam or gorakha, find this ingredient at Indian/Carribean stores)
2 lemongrasses, take the white parts and bruise
oil for stir fry

Grind into spices (bumbu/rempah) a paste
7 shallots
3 cloves garlic
3 cm long turmeric, roasted and peeled (can be used for turmeric powder instead)
2 cm long ginger, peeled
2 cm long galangal
1 tsp whitepeppercorn
1 tsp coroander seed
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt

1. Steam the crabs until turn colour.

2. At medium – high, heat up the oil in a pot. Stir fry bumbu/rempah paste until fragrant. Add chilies and cook until wilted.

3. Reduce the heat. Add clam juice, coconut cream and coconut milk.

4. Stir occasionally in order to have a good mixture not bursted one unti it’s boiled.

5. Add crabs and asam kandis, cook until the liquid thicken. Remove and serve with rice.

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  1. Gulmohar January 5, 2010 At 8:50 PMFabulous…very tempting click too.Hope you had a great holiday season and wishes for a wonderful year ahead !!!Reply
  2. noobcook January 5, 2010 At 9:01 PMI haven't mastered enough courage to kill crabs yet. But after my braces are off, maybe I'll try ;p the gravy looks really milky and tastyReply
  3. zurin January 5, 2010 At 11:44 PMI LOVE LOVE crabs n you are making my mouth water…that s looks so good and your pictures are amazing too! :))Reply
  4. Retno Prihadana January 6, 2010 At 1:01 AMsedaaaaap, rajungannya mau yg buanyakk 🙂Reply
  5. Retno Prihadana January 6, 2010 At 1:01 AMReply
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  9. Mother Rimmy January 6, 2010 At 7:22 AMI'm with you. I need a rice cooker to cook rice. This dish looks amazing!Reply
  10. Aux délices des gourmets January 6, 2010 At 8:23 AMjoli blog et bonne année 2010bonne journéeReply
  11. fortheloveofyum January 6, 2010 At 10:21 AMthis looks so yummy! i love crab! i will definitely try this dish if i can get my hands on some crabs! delicious!Reply
  12. pigpigscorner January 6, 2010 At 1:51 PMThis looks so good! Creamy and spicy! How I wish I can get fresh crabs here easily.Reply
  13. Little Corner of Mine January 6, 2010 At 4:50 PMSalivating big time on your curry blue crabs. I miss eating crabs.Reply
  14. tigerfish January 6, 2010 At 5:28 PMUsually I will ask the "fishmonger' at the seafood station in the grocery store to kill the crab for me and I will cook it the same day!When I first moved to the US, I miss tropical papaya! Well, I could get it still, though rare, in the US and when I find them, their price is just too unreasonable for me to pay! Once in a while, I will still pay.Reply
  15. Ly Antie January 8, 2010 At 8:40 AMMbak… bedanya rajungan sama kepiting apa? thanks..~BrillieReply
  16. tatabonita January 10, 2010 At 8:20 PMOoo tidak tidak tidak!!! Luweeee…. Your food creations are always mouth-watering mbak Pep :D~~~~~Reply
  17. Lia Chen January 12, 2010 At 3:05 AMHow come I missed this post? Great cooking again Pep. I will not as brave as you to cook the crab. My hometown (South Sumatera) is also have many dishes from 'rajungan' but I don't even cook one hehehe :pReply
  18. Cynthia January 12, 2010 At 3:49 PMThe next I am in Washington and find some of these, I am going to let Tuty make this.Reply
  19. Lia Chen January 14, 2010 At 5:49 AMHi Pepy! I passed the 'Happy 101' award for you. Please pick it up at Bentolicious. Thanks (^.^)Reply
  20. Lia Chen January 14, 2010 At 10:59 PMAnd another award too … hehehe 😀Please pick it up here.Reply
  21. tatabonita January 16, 2010 At 3:25 AMMbak Peppih, dapat award dari aqyu hehe. Diambilong yong… 😀Reply
  22. Katrok March 13, 2011 At 6:14 AMHmm,, out of this world,, I'm ready to pig it out,,Reply
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