Vietnamese-style Spicy Crab with Garlic Noodles Recipe

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Vietnamese-style Spicy Crab with Garlic Noodles
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  1. Combine flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. pepper, and the cayenne in a large bowl. Pat crab pieces dry with paper towels and toss (in batches) with flour mixture. Remove crab and shake off excess flour. Set aside.
  2. In a wok or large pot, heat 3 in. oil to 375°. Lay out paper towels for draining crab and garlic. Fry crab in batches (do not crowd wok) until golden, about 5 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Using the same hot oil, fry garlic until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set garlic aside; cool and discard oil.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 tbsp. of the salt and the spaghettini. Cook until tender to the bite, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain, transfer to a serving bowl, and toss with butter and half of the fried garlic. Cover and put in a warm place.
  5. Heat a wok or pot large enough to hold all the crab over high heat. Add remaining 3 tbsp. oil, dried chiles, and ginger. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add green onions, serrano chiles, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring, until onions wilt, about 1 minute. Add sake and cook, stirring, until sake is reduced by about half. Stir in crab and cover. Cook until crab is heated through, about 3 minutes.
  6. Remove lid and cook, stirring, until any liquid evaporates. Stir in basil, mint, cilantro, and remaining 1/2 tsp. pepper. Cook, stirring, until herbs have wilted. Stir in remaining fried garlic. Transfer crab to a warm platter and serve hot, with garlic noodles.
  7. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 2570.33 Kcal (10761 kJ)
Calories from fat 701.17 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 77.91g 120%
Cholesterol 284.63mg 95%
Sodium 7941.54mg 331%
Potassium 2770.23mg 59%
Total Carbs 333.25g 111%
Sugars 8.91g 36%
Dietary Fiber 41.47g 166%
Protein 101.92g 204%
Vitamin C 72.1mg 120%
Vitamin A 6.4mg 213%
Iron 726.9mg 4038%
Calcium 1002.4mg 100%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 225.91 Kcal (946 kJ)
Calories from fat 61.63 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.85g 120%
Cholesterol 25.02mg 95%
Sodium 697.99mg 331%
Potassium 243.48mg 59%
Total Carbs 29.29g 111%
Sugars 0.78g 36%
Dietary Fiber 3.64g 166%
Protein 8.96g 204%
Vitamin C 6.3mg 120%
Vitamin A 0.6mg 213%
Iron 63.9mg 4038%
Calcium 88.1mg 100%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 57.1
  • 62

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • good source of fiber

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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