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The best type of crab used to cook Chilli Crab is mud crab although some other crabs like flower crab & soft shell crab may be used alternatively. Mud crabs (mangrove crab, black crab) are found in mangroves & estuaries of Asia countries like Sri Lanka & Indonesia. Mud crabs are characterised by its juicy flesh and best cooked with its shell on as pictured. I`ve had some of the best mud crab as a child and the way it was cooked was simply to boil it in hot steaming water. It`s the freshest seafood and one of the tastiest I`ve ever had. Yum yum! Eating crab with one`s hands can be quite messy and you do need to be `trained` to `dissect` a crab. I had great fun learning it from my mum as a child of 7 or 8! Loving childhood memories which involves crab! LOL!