It’s More Fun to Enjoy 24 Ways of Your Red Crabs!

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The Red Crab Alimango House.

Every now and then we want to try something different, something new in the palate but has that same main ingredient that we always crave for, crabs!

Imagine how sumptuous it would be, if you could sit down on the dine table and savor for yourself new twist and flavors from your favorite crustaceans entree. Getting hungry?

What if you have the chance to enjoy 24 ways of cooking your crabs? Possible! Where?

Red Crab Alimango House loctaed at the 2nd Floor, Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

The Red Crab Alimango House in Binondo just launched the 24 crab recipes they called Red Crab 24K – all mouthwatering, interesting and definitely will make your stay at Red Crab Alimango House an extra-ordinary food trip as you get awed with 24 different flavors that their chefs prepare for all their guests. Raymund really knows how to entice customers, huh?

Raymund, who? Raymund Magdaluyo is the proud owner and President of the Red Crab Group of Restaurants that include Patio Carlito, Flying Pig, Claw Daddy’s, Mr. Kurosawa, just to name a few.

I remembered my first visit to Red Crab Alimango House was with my Lola (grandmother) and Auntie sometime way back in 2005 in Clark Field,  Pampanga. And even before that, I was always looking forward to experience dining-in one of the popular crab house in the country.

Though this is a delicious treat, may we remind those who have food allergy to take this food adventure in moderate. We all know that too much may lead to high amount of sodium and cholesterol which may not be good for those who have heart problems or high-blood pressure. BUT, we should also take note that one serving of crab leg contains 170 calories, 11 percent fat, 14 percent carbohydrates, and 75 percent protein, depending on the size of the leg and the type of crab. Crab leg also contain high amount of omega-3 fatty acid, which help lower bad cholesterol while boosting good cholesterol.

Now that’s a little bit health and nutritional info for you guys! We also have to compliment the nutritional facts that crabs can give to us so we can enjoy it rather than getting afraid of even lifting a crab leg.

Enjoy! Yes, and that’s what we did when one bed weather evening we were became part of a group invited to feast on the Red Crab 24K! 24 Ways of Enjoying Your Red Crabs! food event held last July 20 at the newest Red Crab Alimango House branch located at the 2nd floor in Lucky Chinatown Mall in the heart of Binondo.

For all its worth, we braved the stormy weather, flooded streets, the never-ending traffic, and the over-crowded public transportation of Metro Manila just to get to Red Crab Alimango House on time. We didn’t get on time but still, we did not miss the fun and the flavorful servings of the restaurant. All thirty (30) plus of us invited guests just couldn’t resist every time a new crab recipe was put down on our long table.  Either we took pictures of the new crab dish or we were busy cracking crab legs. It was just pure fun and definitely, we had our tummy filled that night!

Let’s start with the Top 4 Red Crab dish.

1. Crab Maritess tops the list of most ordered from the Red Crab Alimango House menu. According to Leo Vergara, Corporate Marketing and Special Operations Officer of The Red Crab Group; Crab Maritess was named after Maritess Revilla-Araneta, former beauty queen and movie actress who wanted her crab prepared like it was done today. Coincidentally, the famed Maritess is also a friend of Raymund’s mom.

Crab Maritess.

Crab Maritess is cooked in white wine, peppered with lots of garlic and slices of chili pepper (siling-labuyo).  I love garlic. And I love how the crab was cooked with the right amount of oil (I was guessing if that was an olive oil and a butter mixture). No wonder, customers would always order Crab Maritess.

2. Szechuan Crab is definitely a Chinese recipe that Red Crab includes on their menu. Szechuan Crabs are cooked in Szechuan style in sweet and spicy flavored sauce. Yummy!

Szechuan Crab.

3. Thai Chili Crab. Aside from Fidel’s Pepper Crab, Crab Sinigang sa Gabi at Kamias, and Crab Maritess – the two are my favorites, Thai Chili Crab brings up the ante, so to speak. The succulent crab is cooked the way  it should be, a little bit sweeter and a hot kicked spiciness in a rich thick Thai curry sauce. Perfect with a newly cooked steamed rice! Whew! I’m getting hungry this time again! How about you?

Thai Chili Crab.

4. Salted Egg Crab. Who would have thought that you can mix and match crab with the all-time favorite salted egg? Well, that was my first time to know that and got interested on how it was presented on the plate. It was really new to my taste and it was fantastic! Crabs seasoned with shallots or red onions and salted egg on top, a must try!

Salted Egg Crab.

Those were the Top 4 which were presented and served by our ever gracious host, Red Crab Alimango House in Binondo!

But wait! There are still more! Did we say 24K Ways?! Huh?!

The next entrees may not be on the top lists on the restaurant’s menu.  But, topping the list is not just the barometer to discover how delicious all the 24 crab flavors are! Bet?

5. Fidel’s Pepper Crab. Like what I’ve mentioned above, Fidel’s has landed as one of my personal favorite among the 24K Ways. Curious of its black colored sauce, I took the crab leg out of the plate and with the help of a nutcracker, I crushed the outer shell a little so that I can get the tender meat easily. As I put the crab meat inside my mouth, the name of the crab dish was all present in my thoughts. Pepper. Yes, it was black pepper sauce all over the crab. Pepper equates to spicy flavor. Correct? You’re right about that. It was so spicy when I munched the meat, it goes all around inside my mouth like a Ferrari doing a 217mph as it goes down the throat! Did I retreat? Of course not! I love it! It was the coolest spicy flavor I ever had tasted.  Feels like a hellish heaven!

Fidel’s Pepper Crab.

By the way, Leo told us that Fidel’s got its name from the former Philippine President, Fidel V. Ramos.

6. Crab Sinigang sa Gabi at Kamias. Another personal favorite. This dish embodies the true flavor of the well-loved Filipino food, Sinigang. Perfectly blended in a boiled gabi (taro) and kamias fruit, the soup have the right kind of sour mixture taste and the addition of crab makes it more flavorful. The seafood flavor compliments the ingredients as it combines with the taste of the veggies. Plus the fact that I really love Sinigang!

Crab Sinigang sa Gabi at Kamias.

7. Crab Tausi. Another mouthwatering entree and in my opinion, this dish brings out the real flavor of the crabs. The way it was cooked, in sauteed garlic, onion leaves, ginger and tausi; then by simmering it, releases its true flavors. The aroma itself is just too difficult to resist finishing off the crabs up to the last shell.

Crab Tausi.

8. Crab Alvarez is also one where Red Crab Alimango House is known for. Named after Chef Arman Alvarez of the famed restaurant, Crab Alvarez is filled with special coconut curry sauce which makes it more tastier and delectable.

Crab Alvarez.

9. Deep Fried Crab with Togue in Sichuan Sauce. Just by merely looking at this dish, you will already know that this is a spicy flavored meal. Crabs swimming in a “hot” Sichuan Sauce derived from the name of a province in the People’s Republic of China. The most prominent traits of Sichuanese cuisine are described by four words: spicy, hot, fresh and fragrant. Do we need to explain more why this dish is called the Deep Fried Crab with Togue in Sichuan Sauce?

Deep Fried Crab with Togue in Sichuan Sauce.

10. Crab Singapura. Literally, the name is derived from the famous Southeast Asian neighbor, Singapore. This crab is cooked in a special Singaporean style sauce served with a deep fried buns, also called Cuapao.

Crab Singapura.

11. Crab Pateros with Aligue and Balut. When you talk of Pateros, you’ll be reminded of the popular native Pinoy favorite delicacy, balut. And when you say balut, you’ll be reminded of unborn duck chick or a fertilized duck embryo boiled and eaten in the shell.

Crab Pateros with Aligue and Balut.

Now, we talk of Crab Pateros. This dish has given a new twist to the famous balut when it is combined in a special sauce topped in a deep fried crab and aligue (crab fat). It is enticing that you will be curious of how the crab, aligue, and balut taste as they are mixed together in one flavorful meal!

As far as the 24K ways, these were the different crab dishes that I enjoyed having for dinner that night. Thirteen (13) more ways have been served ahead of our arrival, thus we missed the chance of enjoying it. But don’t worry, because we are going to share with you photos of the remaining dishes so you will have the idea what to expect once you visit Red Crab Alimango House in the coming days.

Butter Ginger Crab.
Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter Crab.
Crab 7.
Crab Adobo sa Buko.
Crab Lilian.
Crab Sinigang sa Sampalok.
Crab Sotanghon.
Onion Crab.
Raymund’s Salt and Pepper Crab.
Roasted Garlic Crab.
Malaysian Chili Kangkong Crab.
Chinese Salted Egg Crab.
Balikbayan Crab.
Red Crab Alimango House, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Binondo, Manila.

The list is here and it’s time for you to try and enjoy the 24K Ways of Enjoying Your Red Crabs!

This is probably one of the longest food review that I have published here. And I like it!

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Visit the Official Facebook of The Red Crab Alimango House to know more of their latest promo and newest treats.

Thank you Red Crab Alimango House for sharing with us your latest dishes. It’s time to know more about our crabs!

Food: Recommended!
Price: Reasonably Affordable to A Little Bit Pricey But Definitely Worth It.
Location: Lucky Chinatown Mall is near where the famous Divisoria area is located.


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