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Ginataang Talangka

It's funny that very few Filipinos know what is the English term for "talangka". Those tiny crabs that are sometimes mistaken as baby crabs. Some say that talangka is a mini version of "alimango" (mud crab). Some call it mini crab and I also thought the correct term was crablets.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Seafood Recipes
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Manny


  • 30 pcs fresh talangka Asian Shore Crabs
  • 10 gabi taro leaves w/ stalks (shredded, wilted)
  • 5 green native pepper jalapeno
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp. minced ginger
  • 2 coconuts grated and extract: 1 cup thick coconut milk and 2 cups thin coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. MSG or granulated seasoning
  • 1 medium sized onions minced
  • salt to taste


    How to cook Ginataang Talangka

    • Wash shore crabs or talangka and drain.
    • In a large pan, put in thin coconut milk and add ginger, garlic, onion, whole green peppers, salt and MSG.
    • When coconut milk boils, add gabi leaves and stalks. Simmer in low fire for 30 minutes.
    • Pour in thick cream and add the talangka. Cook until sauce thickens and oil comes out.