Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab

Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab, a cherished zi char gem, enchants with its luxurious flavors and indulgent appeal. This dish features crispy soft shell crab coated in a luscious layer of salted egg yolk sauce, creating a delicate balance of savory and slightly sweet notes. The velvety texture of the sauce enveloping the tender crab adds an exquisite mouthfeel. Loved for its decadent taste and the harmonious combination of textures, Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab has solidified its reputation as a well-liked zi char favorite, offering a taste of opulence and an unforgettable culinary journey that continues to captivate diners seeking an enticing and flavorful dish with a touch of indulgence, making it a timeless and highly sought-after choice. 

Why Do People Love Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab

The appeal of Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab lies in its perfect fusion of flavours and textures. The savoury salted egg yolk coating, with its creamy and umami-rich taste, beautifully complements the delicate crunch of the soft shell crab. Each bite delivers a delightful symphony of creamy and crispy elements that leaves you craving more.

In addition to its deliciousness, the versatility of this dish has contributed to its popularity. Whether as an appetizer, main course, or part of a seafood feast, Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab suits various occasions, from casual get-togethers to special celebrations. 

What You Need For Your Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab:

Making Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab yourself

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


  • 4 soft shell crabs 
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter 
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 2 red chilli peppers, deseeded and sliced 
  • 4 salted duck egg yolks, steamed and mashed 
  • 1 tablespoon curry leaves 
  • 1 tablespoon condensed milk 
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch 
  • Vegetable oil, for deep frying 
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4 

How To Cook Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab 

Step 1

Prepare the soft shell crabs by cleaning them thoroughly and patting them dry with a paper towel. Make sure to remove the gills and the apron from the crabs.

Step 2

In a deep frying pan or wok, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat for deep frying. Once the oil is hot, carefully place the soft shell crabs into the oil and fry them until they turn golden brown and crispy. Remove the crabs from the oil and set them aside on a paper towel to drain excess oil.

Step 3

In a separate pan, melt the salted butter over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sliced chilli peppers, and sauté until fragrant.

Step 4

Add the mashed salted egg yolks to the pan and stir well to combine with the butter and aromatics. Cook for a few minutes until the mixture becomes thick and creamy.

Step 5

Stir in the curry leaves, condensed milk, sugar, and cornstarch. Mix until the sauce is smooth and well incorporated.

Step 6

Return the fried soft shell crabs to the pan with the sauce. Gently toss the crabs in the salted egg yolk mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated.

Step 7

Season with salt and pepper to taste, and continue cooking for a few more minutes until the crabs are well coated and heated through.

Step 8

Remove from heat and transfer the Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab to a serving plate. Garnish with additional curry leaves for an extra touch of freshness and presentation.

Step 9

Serve the Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab immediately while it’s still hot and crispy. It pairs wonderfully with steamed rice or as part of a seafood platter. The combination of flavours and textures will undoubtedly delight your taste buds. 

Serving Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab with Other Dishes 

To create a seafood feast, pair Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab with other delightful dishes. The richness of the salted egg yolk complements lighter seafood like steamed fish or prawns. Add a touch of freshness with stir-fried vegetables or a refreshing salad. Enhance the dining experience with tangy dipping sauces like sweet chilli or soy sauce.

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. Creamy Salted Egg Yolk Sauce: The salted egg yolk sauce introduces a rich and creamy texture that enhances the overall taste of the dish. 
  3. Vitamins and Minerals: Soft shell crab offers B vitamins (B6, B12) for energy metabolism, zinc for immune support, and selenium for antioxidant defense. 
  4. Moderate Cooking Technique: Depending on the cooking method, soft shell crab can be prepared with minimal added fats, contributing to a balanced meal. 
  5. Balanced Meal Component: When accompanied by a variety of nutrient-rich vegetables and perhaps whole grains, Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab can contribute to a well-rounded meal. 
  6. Savory and Slightly Sweet Flavor: The dish’s salted egg yolk sauce introduces a delicate balance of savory and slightly sweet flavors. 
  7. Velvety Texture: The velvety texture of the salted egg yolk sauce creates an exquisite mouthfeel. 
  8. Indulgent and Luxurious: Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab offers a decadent and indulgent dining experience. 
  9. Culinary Enjoyment: The rich and flavorful taste of the dish provides a satisfying and delightful culinary journey. 

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 Salted Egg 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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