Throughout the month of August 2013 Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa’s Takieng Restaurant is proud to offer a special seasonal ‘Local Phuket Discovery Menu’ which features a range of dishes using Poo Jak-ka-jan or Red Frog Crab, a crab which is available in Phuket throughout the year but is in abundance from July to October.
These red/orange coloured, edible, wild-caught crabs are most commonly found on the southwestern coast of Mindanao in the Philippines, the eastern coast of Africa, across the Indian Ocean to Indonesia, Australia, Japan and Hawaii. However, Phuket is also lucky enough to also have a breeding ground for this fairly rare species of crab close to Sarasin Bridge, the connection point for Phuket to the mainland.
The crabs have long, almost goblet-shaped shells and spanner-shaped front claws which are quite distinctive. In addition, unlike other crabs, which move in a sideways motion, spanner crabs move forwards and backwards.
When cooked, the crab’s shell turns a bright orange colour, and the flesh which is translucent when raw turns white, it has a distinctive, sweet flavour, low oiliness and is extremely soft and moist.
Red Frog Crabs are best cooked steamed, poached or boiled and as per the dishes on this delectable menu the meat is perfect for salads, soups, or in dishes where it is just gently warmed.
Being a restaurant that prides itself on offering authentic Thai dishes, Red Frog Crabs are the perfect ingredient for a number of its authentic Thai dishes as they match perfectly with a number of the most popular Thai ingredients such as peppercorns, chilli, coconut, fish sauce, garlic, galangal, lemongrass, lime, onion, soy sauce etc.
Kaeng Deang Poo Jak-ka-jan/Red Frog Crab Red Curry
Poo Jak-ka-jan Phad Prik Thai On/Stir fried Red Frog Crab with peppercorn, onion, capsicum and garlic
Tom kha poo Jak-ka-jan/Coconut Soup with Red Frog Crab
Poo Jak-ka-jan Neung Ma-nao/Steamed Red Frog Crab with Lime Dressing
Yum Poo Jak-ka-jan/Thai Style Red Frog Grab Salad
Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa
555, Moo 3, Mai Khao, Talang • Phuket Island, 83110 Thailand
Phone: +66 (0) 76-363999