Mud crabs or crabs which live in mud have menacing claws. Those claws are so strong, it may even fracture your finger if they manage to pinch you. So, don’t mess with the little crustaceans. I got a video here which shows how we kill a crab.
My hubby stabbed a chopstick right into the ‘heart’ of the crab. Poor crab, in its haste to escape death, even broke off its own claw in trying to escape from the raffia string tied to it. Actually, it is a very cruel thing to do to the poor creature. But heck, God says He created all the creatures on earth, in the water and in the air for our consumption, right? Hahaha. Moreover, it is kinder than throw the poor crabs into a pot of hot, boiling water or hot oven, no?
The video wasn’t intended for Youtube and certainly not on my blog. But since it is rather descriptive, might as well share it.
We bought live mud crabs for RM32/kg. To know if the crab is fresh, find those which stared back at you in the eyes. The baby above even hiss when we went near it.
Put them in running water and give it a good brush. Do not take off the strings used to tie them or else you will have to chase after these crabs as they can run away.
With a quick stab, the crab is dead. Before you remove the string, be sure it is really dead. Sometimes, the claws will jerk even when the crab is dead. So pitiful, right? Remove the ‘flap’ near the body, chopped off the legs and any parts that you find messy. We left the crab intact as we wanted to bake them.
Rub some butter and coarse sea salt and bake the crabs at high heat. It takes about 20 minutes to cook through.
The crab is full of roe which is the orangey eggs. All feelings of compassion for poor creatures being stabbed to death are forgotten once I tore open the shell and saviour the sweet flesh of the crab. Amen. May the poor crabs rest in peace in me. Burp.