Chili Garlic Crab: A Boracay Recipe

Your Boracay vacation won’t be complete if you haven’t tried eating at Dampa.

Dampa is a place in Boracay where you buy your seafood at a nearby wet market and have a restaurant cook it for you.

One of my favorites is the “Chili Garlic Crab” or others call it plainly as “Chili Crab”. Here’s a recipe from on how to cook your own Chili Crab. The recipe is good for 4 pax.

Chili Crab


  • 2 lbs crab, cut in half
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper or 3 pieces sliced red chili
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 cup tomato catsup or tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp green onions or scallions, thinly sliced crosswise

Cooking Procedure

Heat a cooking pot and pour the cooking oilSaute the garlic, ginger, and crushed red pepperAdd the crab and cook for 3 to 4 minutesPut-in the hoisin sauce, tomato ketchup, sweet chili sauce, fish sauce,and sesame oil then mix with the other ingredientsPour-in the water and bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce is thickGarnish with green onions on topServe hot. Share and Enjoy!