Crab Curry with Rice Vermicelli

  • Servings: 4

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  • 1/2 pound dried rice vermicelli (See Note)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons Naam Ya Chile Paste
  • 2 cups thing unsweetened coconut milk (See Note)
  • 1 cup thick unsweetened coconut milk (See Note)
  • 3 tablespoons Thai fish sauce (nam pla) (See Note)
  • 1 teaspoon palm sugar (See Note)
  • 1 pound cooked crabmeat, such as king crab, blue claw or Dungeness, picked over and torn into large pieces
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
  • 1 cup small fresh basil leaves

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large bowl, cover the rice vermicelli with cold water and let soak until pliable, about 20 minutes. Drain the vermicelli.

  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large saucepan. Add the Naam Ya Chile Paste and stir-fry over moderately high heat until fragrant, about 4 minutes. Add the thin coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Add the thick coconut milk, fish sauce, palm sugar and crabmeat and simmer until the curry is heated through, about 2 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add the rice vermicelli and cook, stirring, until just tender, about 2 minutes. Drain the vermicelli and transfer to a large shallow serving bowl. Spoon the crab curry on top and garnish with the bean sprouts and basil leaves.


Dried rice vermicelli, thin and thick unsweetened coconut milk, Thai fish sauce and palm sugar are available at Asian markets, well-stocked supermarkets and specialty food stores.

Published October 1996

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