Tamarind crab: specialty of Hai Phong City

Published:  10:38 Monday - July 08, 2013

Tamarind crab: specialty of Hai Phong City

Hai Phong is a port and industrial city in northern Vietnam and is a coastal city in northern coastal areas. It is famous for the red flamboyant trees. If you have a chance to visit Hai Phong, you should not miss its specialty: Tamarind Crab.

The main factor makes this dish successful is the freshest crabs. Tamarind crab has amazingly simple and quick recipe. This dish is served as fried crab with sweet-sour tamarind sauce, basil, garlic, and chili. It is easy to do but you ought to remember that the sour of tamarind is quite hard to control ! Are you ready?


Fresh crabs

Spices: salt, and sugar, cooking oil

Basil, garlic, spinach

Tamarind, chilli, lemon


- Put alive crabs onto the fountain, drain and use the old toothbrush to clean them carefully.

- Remove and discard the abdominal flaps, cut the back-fin in half, crack the claws cleverly. Gather crab-roe on a small bowl, add salt, and sugar, then pour lemon juice to reduce the smell of crab.

- Mix the tamarinds with hot water, use a teaspoon to grind them, then filter again to get pure tamarind sauce. Add sugar to balance the sour of tamarind.

- Heat the cooking oil, put minced garlic, stir slightly till its colour turns into brown, add the crabs pieces and mixed crab’s liquid.

- Then put the tamarind sauce into the pan, leave it 4-5 minutes to coat over these crab pieces. After that, transfer them all to a large plate, decorate this dish with basil, spinach, red chili.

So you finally have a very delicious dish to enjoy with you friends and family on this weekend. I hope you will have a good time with your loved ones.


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