These small crabs are only about 5cms across. We use these tiny crabs a lot in Thai cuisine, unlike larger crabs you cannot crack them open and eat the meat because they're just too small. Instead they are eaten whole, including the shells.
Today I will show you how to eat them deep fried in batter, the shell fries to form a crunchy snack. There is another dish we use them for, 'chilli papaya salad' (also known as Thai pok pok), it's very common to pound very fresh raw small crabs into that salad to spread the crabs flavours into the papaya.