- Cut crabs into halves, then rinse and drain well in a colander. Sprinkle with cornflour and pepper. Deep-fry crabs in hot oil until cooked through. Dish out and drain oil.
- Heat 2-3 Tbsp oil and 1/2 tsp sesame oil in a wok. Add garlic, shallots, soya bean paste and the rest of the sauce ingredients. Fry until fragrant. Pour in chicken stock and bring to a boil.
- Put in pre-fried crabs and stir well to mix. Cover the wok and bring to a simmer until gravy is thick and dry. Add in red chilli and sprinkle in freshly cracked black peppercorns.
- Dish out and serve immediately.
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