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Singapore chilli crab with egg noodles

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 2-3
From James Martin: Home Comforts
This fiery, full-flavoured Singapore-style dish is a quick and easy substitute for a Friday night takeaway.


  1. Heat the oil in a wok over a high heat until smoking.

  2. Add the ginger, garlic and chillies and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.

  3. Add the chopped green parts of the spring onions and stir-fry for another 1-2 minutes.

  4. Add the tomato ketchup, sweet chilli, hoisin, fish and soy sauces and bring the mixture to the boil. Reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Season, to taste, with the caster sugar, if necessary.

  5. Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the packet instructions, then drain well.

  6. Remove 3 ladlefuls of the sauce from the wok and set aside.

  7. Add the crabmeat to the wok containing the simmering sauce and stir to coat thoroughly, then continue to simmer for 4-5 minutes, or until warmed through. Divide the crab and the sauce among the serving bowls.

  8. Return the reserved sauce to the wok, stir in the drained noodles, the white parts of the spring onions, and all of the mint and coriander, then cook until warmed through. Serve the noodles in bowls alongside the crab.


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 10cm/4in piece fresh root ginger, peeled, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 red birds’-eye chillies, finely chopped
  • 4 spring onions, root trimmed, green and white parts roughly chopped
  • 150ml/5fl oz tomato ketchup
  • 75ml/2¾fl oz sweet chilli sauce
  • 75ml/2¾fl oz hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar (optional)
  • 200g/7oz fine egg noodles
  • 1 x 1kg/2lb 4oz whole cooked crab, dead man’s fingers removed, crabmeat chopped
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped fresh coriander

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