mearl223 On December - 5 - 2009

Thai Stuffed Crab-shells (Poo Cha)

Deep-fried crab shells stuffed with crab meat & a host of other minced meat that has been pre-cooked in Thai-spices.


PrepTime 30mins – CookTime 15mins – Serves 6






Fish sauce to taste
3tbsp Lime juice
1tbsp minced garlic
1tbsp sugar
1tbsp chili-paste
6 Crabs, small OR 1/2 lb Crab-meat
1/2 lb Ground pork (optional) or beef/chicken
1/2 lb finely chopped shrimps/ prawns
1/4 cup finely chopped green-onion
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp corn-starch
1 tsp soya sauce
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chili paste
1 egg
peanut oil for deep frying


Cooking Instructions:

1. Combine fish sauce, lime juice, garlic, sugar & chili paste & stir till sugar is dissolved.

2. Take the fresh crabs, steam for 30 mins or until cooked.

3. Remove crab meat from the cavity/shell being careful not to crack or break the shells.

4. Mix this crab meat, ground pork/beef/chicken, chopped prawns/shrimps, green onions, coriander leaves, garlic, fish sauce, corn starch, soya sauce, black pepper, chili paste , salt & egg.

5. Stuff shells with this mixture & deep fry until golden brown.

6. Drain excess oil out on paper towels & serve with thai chili sauce, soya-chili or garlic-chili paste.


Tip: If the shells break, then just form cakes of the cooked meat mixture & fry; Serve as above.

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