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Cold Crab Noodles

Cold Crab Noodles


Vietnamese Cold Crab Noodles Recipe

Serves 2-3 | Prep Time: 30 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes


8 oz mung bean or cellophane noodles
1 Dungeness crab, meat picked and chilled in fridge
1/2 a small carrot, peeled and cut into thin match-stick strips
Fried shallot crisp

Fish Sauce Dressing

1/2 cup Red Boat Fish Sauce
1/4 cup water
2 stalks lemongrass, white parts, smashed with the back of cleaver
5 kaffir lime leaves, bruised, optional
6 oz palm sugar (crushed into small pieces), or to taste
1 heaping tablespoon Rooster brand garlic chili sauce
3 tablespoons lime juice
Corn starch mixture

Mixed Herbs

Mint leaves
Rau Ram (Polygonum leaves)
Thai basil leaves


Cilantro leaf or mint leaf


Bring the water to a boil and cook the mung bean/cellophane noodles until al dente, transfer the noodles and place them in an ice water bath. Drain and chill in the fridge.
Combine all the herbs together and sliced thinly. Chill in the fridge.

Prepare the Fish Sauce Dressing by combining all the ingredients (except garlic chili sauce and lime juice) together in a sauce pan. Simmer on low heat to a slightly thicker consistency. Add corn starch mixture to thicken the dressing. Filter the dressing and discard the lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Stir in the garlic chili sauce and lime juice. Chill the dressing in the fridge.

To assemble the crab noodles, combine the noodles, crab meat, carrots and mixed herbs together. Toss gently. Transfer the noodles to a serving ware and drizzle the Fish Sauce Dressing on top, with a squirt of lime juice. Top the crab noodles with some fried shallot crisps and garnish with cilantro leaves or mint leaves. Serve cold.

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4 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Laura

    Congratulations on presenting in Denver. I am a huge fan of Cholon and I love your web site! I look forward to trying some of your recipes.

  2. Tuty

    I like your salad dressing recipe. I am going to use it for other types of salad too. Thanks for sharing, Bee.
    TIPS: to “crush” the palm sugar – I usually use Microplane grater. I don’t have to use too much muscle power with this tool (vs. using mortar & pestle). Easier to clean too. What do you think?

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