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Claypot Drunken Crab Claws with Glass Noodles Recipe

Saturday, December 06, 2008 | Labels: , , , , , |

I had a sudden and violent craving for some good and tasty glass noodles in claypot - hence my feature today. I remember having delicious glass noodles cooked in a claypot with crabs a few years ago when I was still living in Malaysia. So I decided to recreate this dish at home to hopefully satisfy my cravings. I can't wait for Chinese New Year as I will be back in Malaysia to visit my family, it will be pig-out time for sure!


This dish is really easy to cook at home and requires a relatively short preparation time provided that you use frozen crab claws! Though I'm a huge fan of crabs and seafood in general, I am too cowardly to kill live crabs which according to my dad and most others, will taste the best in cooking. Due to my cowardice, I opted for the easy way out and used some frozen and pre-cooked crab claws that I had sitting in my freezer, the noodles did not disappoint and tasted really sweet and yummy. The natural sweetness of the crabs complement the chicken broth perfectly and the glass noodles totally absorbed all the great flavours!


For more seafood recipes on Tastes of Home, try:

Scallops with Broccoli Stir-fry Recipe

Belacan Shrimp with Green Beans Recipe

Red Snapper in Ground Bean Sauce Recipe

2 packets of glass noodles
8 crab claws
4 cups chicken broth
4 stalks green onions, sliced
5 slices of fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced

6 tbsps of Chinese Rice Wine or Shaoxing Wine (add more if you wish)
2 tbsps of Mirin (or subsitute with sugar)
2 tbsps of light soy sauce
Dash of sesame oil


Firstly, saute the garlic, ginger and green onions in some hot oil in a claypot or wok. Once fragrant, add the crab claws. Next, turn the heat lower and add the flavouring ingredients. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Do a taste test and add more soy or mirin (for sweetness) depending on your preferences. Finally, add the glass noodles - this is always the final step as these noodles are highly absorbent and can soak up a lot of the broth in a very short time! Serve hot.

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homeladychef said...

Ole~ Oleoleole~~! I have been waiting for this post!

Tastes of Home said...

^ haha, you're so cute :)

Beachlover said...

give me crab everyday,no problem.I also afraid to kill live crab but due to me gila crab eater I don't care anymore.At first I spray them with hot water or dump the whole crawling thingy in boiling water.Now I learn to kill them while crawling,must thanks to Gretrude technique!haha!

Dora said...

So interesting! Don't be scared to kill the crabs - next time make them drunk first and then they'll be too sleepy to attack u! Ha ha.

VG said...

Yummmmm....I can see why you have been craving. Now you have started me off too!!! Bookmarked.

tigerfish said...

The one I see in restaurant is usually darker. Think they put more soy sauce or something.

Carolyn Jung said...

There's something about glass noodles that remind me of wonderful Chinese home-cooking. Maybe it's that my Mom used to prepare them often with shrimp, tree fungus, and black mushrooms. I woke up to a chilly morning today to find your claypot noodle dish recipe. Just looking at the photos does wonders to warm me up.

shavedicesundays said...

Nothing wrong with frozen at all. This reminds me of Vietnamese Hu Tieu.

Jen said...

I think I see the steam rising from the picture - looks delightful!

Tastes of Home said...

Dora - thanks for the tip but actually I feel a bit cruel killing them (I know double standards) as long as I dont do it..hehe I'm weird haha

VG - thanks!! I think I want to make it again soon haha

TF - yeah, I didnt put as much soy sauce and usually they use a whole crab so the orangey stuff will also darken the broth

Carolyn - thanks! your mom's concoction sounds so lovely too, glad my pics helped hehe

Jen - thanks! you have sharp eyes! My camera did not capture the steam as well as I hoped it would.. thanks for stopping by! said...

Claypot drunken crab soup just what the doctor ordered!

noobcook said...

I am too cowardly to kill crab too! hehe ... but yours still look great, makes me drool ;p

mikky said...

oh my, this is just amazing!!! :)

Tastes of Home said...

foodphotoblog - thanks for dropping by!

wiffy - haha I totally know how u feel

mikky - thanks!! :)

Food For Tots said...

I am a BIG fan for crab and also have a SUDDEN and VIOLENT craving like you now. Crab and glass noodle - a perfect combi!

pigpigscorner said...

I've been craving for this dish too! YUm yum..

Tastes of Home said...

foodfortots - thanks!

piggy - thanks and welcome to Tastes of Home!

KarWai said...

I try it out and this great taste. I find this is simple dish to cook but the time consuming is to preparing the "Live Crab". Great recipe .

Tastes of Home said...

karwai - thanks for stopping by and glad u liked this recipe :)

chumpman said...

I had this for dinner tonight ! Mine had frozen crab claws, fish balls, white radish, shrimps and glass noodles. This is perfect for winter but I need to grab glass noodles as quick as I can as everybody wants to grab glass noodles

Tastes of Home said...

chumpman - thanks for dropping by TOH! yours sound like a deluxe version :)

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