Along with folding dumplings, my mother used to assign me to clean a dozen stope crabs at a time for Vietnamese deviled crab (cua farci). I got a lot of practice, starting around the time I was 12. Whether you cooked a crab yourself or bought it pre-cooked, you still have to get the meat out yourself. Some tips to pre-cooked crab buyers, don?t let the fish monger crack the crab for you. Chances are, the person will bang on the crab with a mallet, and dump out all the tomalley and fat. Also, don?t forget to ask when the crab was cooked. If you get home with the crab and it smells off ? ammonia like, or if the flesh is mushy, take it...
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