Food Trip Friday: Khmer Crab Curry

I was craving for seafood the other day but I don’t how to buy crabs/lobsters here in Phnom Penh. I guess my mother-in-law heard that and the next day my nephew brought me a huge plastic filled with crabs (Ma even fixed it and chopped it to bite size pieces) and also some curry powder and translated to English instructions on how to cook it. I’m lucky, really really lucky my mother-in-law pampers me a lot!

She knows enough that I don’t like pounding too many spices etc, so she bought packets of curry powder so cooking the crabs would be easy for me. And here’s the results..It was yummy and I added some chili. Let’s just say, during lunch time it was ‘galit galit‘ muna..

Cambodian Cuisine

Just a bit of tidbit.. Cambodians love curry. They have different curries, some eaten with noodles, some with bread or rice. The difference between Thai/Indian and Khmer curries is that Cambodian’s prefer their curries to be a little less spicy, with more subtle flavors. All in all perfectly balanced..

An entry to Food Trip Friday.


  1. Cacai M.

    March 26, 2010 at 10:09 am

    (P.S. :> please delete my first comment please.. this is the one talaga.. sowe.. 🙁 )Yuummm! I love crabs and definitely I will divulged myself on this. My gosh.. am craving crabs na talaga.. gimme some of your handa in FTF 1st Anniversary party ha..
    Here’s by the way my FTF entry: .. See yah.. .. muahhh!

  2. Sreisaat Adventures

    March 26, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Wow! Ba’t di mo kami inimbita? *lol*
    I remember my Aunt in Naga City who makes the best ginataang crab with kangkong and kalabasang pula.  Of course, the crowning glory ay ang red-hot sili!  Lucky you to have in-laws who know how to pamper you!
    Btw, you are right. My FTF entry is the same laksa I had when we went to Sophia’s Kitchen. Tsalap-tsalap!

  3. Cheerful

    March 26, 2010 at 11:02 am

    wow, sarap…kakagutom! now, i am craving for something like that! *winks* yes, you’re lucky…to have them, but of course, they are lucky to have you, too! 🙂

  4. cecile

    March 26, 2010 at 11:03 am

    i so love seafood and this dish looks yummy; thanks for sharing; hope you visit min, too!

  5. Luna Miranda

    March 26, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    oh-la-la, who doesn’t love crabs?! i love curry on crabs, too…flavorful!

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  7. Josiet

    March 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    That looks really yummy. Kung ako din, super galit  galit muna. LOL!

  8. Lui

    March 26, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    @Z, kain tau ulit Sophia’s. Wanna try the laksa. I was too preoccupied with my meal or sobrang gutom lang ako hihi. That’s Hi-ace’s fave Malay food din.
    Che at Z, di ko na kayo inimbita kase kulang na nga sakin yan eh.. lol! Yeah that’s one the things I am so grateful for my in-laws are very nice. Considering that I didn’t meet them in person till a year after we got married..
    @Cecille, thank you. I visited you blog and your entry was just so hmm let’s just say, it tempts me to put my diet on hold for awhile just to have that..
    @J, di ba. Pero promise sumobra yung kain ko ng kanin..

  9. Food Trip Friday

    March 26, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    That’s what they say, Be Careful What You Wish For! 😀
    You are one lucky girl to have such caring MIL. 🙂

  10. nedekcir

    March 26, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Yummy! I am always fond of seafood. I think my kosher diet will go out the door looking at all this shellfish pictures.  I must have some…really…lol.

  11. Mumsy

    March 27, 2010 at 3:16 am

    I’m so hungry right now looking at all the food entries!  And yes, I thought I’m fulled!

  12. bingkee

    March 29, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Just looking at the pic makes me starving…hehehe….I never had crab curry before. It seems it tastes good coz even chicken curry tastes yummy. How much more it would be for crabs? Wouldn’t it be nice if you share the recipe? 🙂 Have a great week my friend!

  13. Lui

    March 29, 2010 at 7:56 am

    @Bingkee, yes its so yummy! Will make you eat lots of rice.. I don’t know how to make it from scratch. My MIL just gave me 2 packets of Cambodian curry powder and asked me to saute the crabs till its cooked then the curry powder. Simmer for about 5 mins, add chili and sugar as desired and voila! the crab curry ready for serving. =)
    @FoodTripFriday, yes. I’m rather fortunate..thanks.
    @Mumsy, That’s what I love about Food Trip Fridays hehe..It’s fun to browse the entries and learn about each food.. The downside is, it stimulates my appetite, lol! bad bad for the diet..

  14. Lynn

    April 2, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I am not into curry but I love crabs and this one looks yummy. 🙂

  15. tatess

    April 13, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    favorite ng panganay ko yang crab. i never tried curried crabs before .at mukhang masarap yang luto mo.

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