Pork Floss Soft Shell Crab

Pork Floss Soft Shell Crab, a delightful zi char specialty, tantalizes with its juxtaposition of textures and harmonious flavors. This dish showcases crispy soft shell crab coated in a layer of savory pork floss, creating a medley of crunchy and tender sensations. The salty-sweet pork floss complements the natural sweetness of the crab, resulting in a symphony of taste. Loved for its creative blend of ingredients and the delightful contrast it offers, Pork Floss Soft Shell Crab has secured its place as a well-liked zi char favorite, delivering an innovative and unforgettable dining experience that continues to captivate diners seeking a playful and flavorsome dish, making it an irresistible and sought-after choice. 

Why Do People Love Pork Floss Soft Shell Crab

The popularity of Pork Floss Soft Shell Crab stems from its irresistible combination of textures and flavours. Firstly, the delicate soft shell crab is fried to perfection, resulting in a delectable crunch that contrasts beautifully with the tender meat within. 

Secondly, the addition of pork floss adds a burst of umami-rich taste, enhancing the overall sensory experience. The salty-sweet notes of the pork floss perfectly complement the succulent crab, creating a symphony of flavours that keeps people coming back for more. Whether enjoyed as an appetiser, a main course, or a party snack, this dish never fails to leave a lasting impression. 

What You Need For Your Pork Floss Soft Shell Crab:

 Making Pork Floss Soft Shell Crab yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 4 soft shell crabs 
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch 
  • Vegetable oil for frying 
  • 2 tablespoons of pork floss 
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped spring onions 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4 

How To Cook Pork Floss Soft Shell Crab

Step 1

Begin by cleaning the soft shell crabs. Remove the gills and any other impurities, then rinse them under cold water. Pat dry with paper towels.

Step 2

In a shallow dish, combine the cornstarch with a pinch of salt and pepper. Dredge each crab in the cornstarch mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated.

Step 3

Heat vegetable oil in a deep pan or wok over medium-high heat. Once the oil reaches the desired temperature, carefully add the crabs one at a time, being cautious of any splattering.

Step 4

Fry the crabs for approximately 4-5 minutes on each side until they turn golden brown and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels, allowing excess oil to drain.

Step 5

Sprinkle the pork floss and chopped spring onions over the crispy soft shell crabs. Gently press them onto the surface to ensure they adhere well.

Step 6

Serve the Pork Floss Soft Shell Crab immediately while still warm, and enjoy the delightful medley of textures and flavours. 

Serving Pork Floss Soft Shell Crab with Other Dishes 

Pork Floss Soft Shell Crab can be enjoyed on its own as a standout dish, but you can serve it alongside steamed jasmine rice and a side of stir-fried vegetables. The combination of the crispy crab, savoury pork floss, fluffy rice, and vibrant greens creates a harmonious and satisfying dining experience that will impress your guests and leave you craving more.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Protein-Rich Soft Shell Crab: Soft shell crab provides a good source of protein essential for muscle growth and repair. 
  2. Texture Variety: The dish’s combination of crispy soft shell crab and tender pork floss offers a satisfying textural experience. 
  3. Vitamins and Minerals: Soft shell crab offers vitamins such as B vitamins (B6, B12) for energy metabolism, and minerals like zinc for immune support. 
  4. Moderate Cooking Technique: Depending on the cooking method, soft shell crab can be prepared with minimal added fats, offering a moderate caloric content. 
  5. Pork Floss Flavor: The addition of pork floss introduces a savory and slightly sweet flavor that complements the crab’s natural taste. 
  6. Balanced Meal Component: When accompanied by a variety of nutrient-rich vegetables and perhaps whole grains, Pork Floss Soft Shell Crab can contribute to a well-rounded meal. 
  7. Innovative Culinary Twist: The combination of soft shell crab and pork floss showcases culinary creativity and ingenuity. 
  8. Playful and Flavorful: The dish’s playful approach to texture and flavor appeals to those seeking a memorable and enjoyable dining experience. 
  9. Cultural Fusion: Depending on the regional variations, the dish can introduce a fusion of flavors from both crab and pork floss. 

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang for an authentic zi char experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Pork Floss Soft Shell Crab without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

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