Saturday, November 26, 2011

Crab with Cross Like Mark on its Shell

I was about to work on my Curry Crab with Prawns posting when I noticed the distinct cross-like mark on the shell. Then I remembered reading in The Star about this species of crab causing a stir among Malacca Christians in Sept 2011. The photo of the crab in The Star has a cross like mark with black background on the shell. The one I have is of a lighter coloured shell, probably a close family to the Charybdisferiatus.

According to The Star, during the 16th century, Sir Francis Xavier was sailing from some Indonesian islands to Malacca when he was caught in a storm. He then dipped his crucifix into the sea and pray to God to calm the raging storm. Unfortunately, the crucifix slipped from his hand and dropped into the sea. He prayed to god that he could get it back. When he landed in Malacca he saw a crab on the beach clutching the same crucifix in its claw.Sir Francis was surprised and he knelt down to retrive the cross from the crab.
He then blessed the crab and the cross appeared on the crab shell.

So, next time whenever you are eating this species of crab, remember to look out for its distinct cross mark!...........
.....errrrr, if you spot any numbers on the shell, please let me know.....so I can go and bet on some 4D or Toto....lol!

16 comments:

Alice Law said...

Your crab is beautiful! U knw I love crab, and I love curry, your dish is way perfect for me!;D

wenn said...

wow..curry crabs!

Christine said...

I think crab is my favourite dish, any kind, maybe because I don't have it often.

suituapui said...

Not a fan of this kind of crab - we can hardly get these here...probably because they're not popular so nobody bothers to sell. I might or might not eat even when I came across these at hotel buffets - unless there was nothing else better to eat. Such a hassle eating crabs...and will get all dirty.

Cheryl said...

What an awesome story! The cross certainly stands out!

Somewhere in Singapore said...

So far, i have not see any cross on crab...keke...

timing said...

those people who see number and buy 4D/toto ... do they actually win? I never hear of any story of ppl win 4D because they saw the number in some vegetables or whatever :D

Bananazஇ said...

Is this what we called in Canto flower crab? Not a fan of crab but once in while might go for it, not this kind but those without flower, sorry those aiyo dunno the color crabs? haha.

[SK] said...

haha, a christian crab!! interesting~~ :p

Hayley said...

LOL, if really can spot 4 numbers on it, this crab must be kept nicely! :P

Small Kucing said...

If spot num i go buy 1st lor..tarak wait for you .. LOL

yvonne said...

I'm a huge lover for crabs and I don't observe any crab's shell, just eat, muahahaha!

lena said...

interesting about this cross on the crabs. Did you makea wish before you eat them? are you still keeping the shell?

アンゼエリン said...

wow your chili crab looks fab to me. yum yum.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

so you spot any no or not ? hehehe..you must be lucky to have this cross crabs..

Merryn said...

I did not read the newspaper for ages so was not aware of this story. Your crab's so beautiful! ok ok.. will look out for 4D numbers :P

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