The holiday season is just around the corner and I wanted to share a special recipe with you: creamy butter crab. Last Christmas, I served creamy butter crab to my friends and family and they couldn’t get enough of it. Everyone was asking for the secret recipe. Creamy butter crab is a fairly new Malaysian creation and has gotten popular these past few years. Made popular by King Crab restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, the basic ingredients consist of butter, evaporated milk, bird’s eye chilies, and curry leaves. The curry leaves lend a distinct and exotic flavor and complement the richness of butter and evaporated milk. The bird’s eye chilies add an extra kick to the dish.
I used mud crab for my recipe as they are widely available in Asia and Australia. However, dungeness crab or stone crab would work very well, too. This holiday season, do try preparing something foreign, exotic and new. Creamy butter crab is served with fried Chinese buns or mantou, so everyone will have a great time sopping up the creamy butter sauce with the fried buns while devouring the crab. I am sure your family, friends and guests will be in for a delicious treat!