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Thai crab paste

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I bought Thai crab paste, encouraged by a guy in the store who said "you should try it, it's good". The only thing is, is that I've been eating it on rice, and I'm sure there's more to it than that.

What do *you* use Thai crab paste for? And if I'm cooking with it, do I use it at the beginning or end of the dish?

Thanks!

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  1. I highly doubt that it's meant for eating out of the bottle on rice. It's usually used during the prepartion of a Thai dish and would be cooked with the meat or vegetables. See this link for more info: http://importfood.com/cppk0701.html

    1. I use it for stir fry and anytime I want a salty fishy taste to deepen the flavor. Pad thai, comes to mind. Experiment!

      1. Agree w.the salty fish. (my friend calls it Thai friend calls it stinky fish -- sounds appetizing huh).

        Usually I've seen it used on cucumbers & carrots as a dipper.. kinda neutralizes the whole thing.

        1. I find that you can heat up the crab paste, then saute your vegetables in it. I use it with snow pea vines and watercress!

          1. Buonappetit
            Has a recipe for chicken wings that uses Thai crab paste