Friday, February 13, 2015


One of the downsides of living in the city is having to pay a lot for good, fresh seafood.

And if you like crabs, you know how much that's going to cost you.

A. Lot.

Whenever i find a special occasion, I usually use it as an excuse to spend on crabs and what I usually treat myself to is the Crab Maritess from Red Crab.
The eponymous recipe was supposedly shared by former actress Maritess Revilla-Araneta (who is a friend of the mother of the restaurant chain  owner) when the restaurant was being conceptualized. God bless her then!

I love it because of its simplicity.  The crab is cooked  in olive oil, white wine and heaps of garlic. It is served with shell on and you may ask the waiter what type of crab you want. I usually ask for female crabs because of the extra aligue or crab fat.  King crabs are best when you're a group but make sure to get to the claws first. (And yes, female King Crabs are not called queen crabs. They are simply female King Crabs. Tsk...tsk... tsk  even in the crustacean world, sexism exists).  The best way to eat it is with rice and a vinegar dip with freshly minced garlic.

MIX a little of the crispy browned vinegar and olive oil on your rice.  
CRACK the claws open, get a sizable chunk of the flesh.
DIP it in vinegar.

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