In the food context, "Alimasag" is the Tagalog word for a blue "crab"; spotted medium sized crab. Crabs are a popular seafood in many cuisines, and they are used in a variety of dishes.

Here are some examples of dishes that use crab:

  1. Sinigang na alimasag: A Filipino soup made with crab, tamarind, and vegetables.

  2. Crab cakes: A dish made with crab meat mixed with breadcrumbs, eggs, and other seasonings, formed into patties, and then fried or baked.

  3. Crab dip: A creamy dip made with crab meat, cream cheese, and various seasonings, typically served with crackers or chips.

  4. Soft-shell crab: A type of crab that has recently molted its hard outer shell, making the entire crab edible. Soft-shell crab is often breaded and fried.

  5. Crab curry: A dish made with crab meat and a curry sauce, typically served with rice or naan bread.

Most Filipino household usually just cook Alimasag in its own juice with the help of little water and a bit of salt. This cooking method is called “Halabos” in Filipino. Halabos is a simple cooking method wherein seafood such as crabs,, mussels, shells and shrimps are directly placed in an empty hot pan and cooked with their own juices. A little water and salt can also be added depending on your preference. Cooking these crabs using this method brought out its natural sweet taste that is often over powered by other ingredients when cook some other ways. Other well known Filipino dishes using Alimasag (Crabs) are Tortang Alimasag (Crab Omelette) and Ginataang Alimasag (Crab in Coconut Milk)

Some similar things to "alimasag" in the food context include:

  1. Lobster: A type of crustacean that is similar to crab but larger and with a slightly sweeter taste. Lobster is often boiled or steamed and served with butter.

  2. Shrimp: A type of crustacean that is similar to small-sized crab. Shrimp are often boiled, grilled, or fried and served in various dishes such as stir-fries, salads, and pasta.

  3. Scallops: A type of shellfish that has a delicate flavor and texture. Scallops are often seared or grilled and served with a sauce or in a pasta dish.

  4. Clams: A type of shellfish that has a slightly salty taste. Clams are often steamed or baked and served with butter or in soups and stews.

  5. Mussels: Another type of shellfish that has a slightly sweet taste. Mussels are often steamed and served with a sauce or in soups and stews.

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