Frugal oyster sauce and crabstick pasta

This is going to look a little weird. To some, it might be weird, because not many would cook spaghetti this way. The mad fairy is on her evil witch mode again and was desperate to cook something to poison herself and her poor family with.

The fairy was out of groceries yesterday, and discovered that there’s nothing left in her fridge besides some crab-sticks, chopped garlic and some cabbage. And this is what she decides to cook with those stuff she managed to dig out from her fridge and from her kitchen cabinet.

The weird looking pasta is a combination of chopped garlic that has been sautéed with soya sauce, oyster sauce, black peppers, salt as well as some crab-sticks and cabbage. Looks weird eh?

I think it looks really weird and strange, but taste-wise it’s quite nice and edible, and make a wonderful quickie meals for those who have no time to cook elaborate meals.

It is nothing gourmet, just a frugal meal to keep your tummy warm while you’re working or studying. I would recommend this to busy mums a s well as students. Cheap and it also won’t take much of your time to prepare.

Here’s the recipe:

1/2 packet of spaghetti or yellow noodles (I used spaghetti)

Some crab sticks

6 tablespoon of soya sauce

3-4 tablespoon of oyster sauce

1 table spoon of chopped garlic

1/2 cup of water

Some cooking oil

Salt and coarse black pepper to taste

First of all, cook the pasta/noodle til al dante and drain. Put it aside. Pour in some cooking oil in the pan and sautee the chopped garlic, soya sauce, oyster sauce and black pepper til fragrant.

Add the cabbage leaves that has been torn to bite sized pieces as well as the crab-sticks into the sauce and add some water and wait til it simmer and thickens before adding the pasta/noodles into it. Stir and make sure the sauce coat the pasta/noodles properly. Add some salt to taste if you prefer.

Take out and serve while it’s piping hot.

Yield: 2 servings

Preparation time: 10-15 minutes.

Cleffairy: My mum used to cook something like this when I burn the midnight oil for my exam, but she used chicken instead of crab-sticks. You could substitute the crab-sticks with any meat of your choice. 😀


  1. Gratitude says:

    Oyster sauce?
    Hmmmmm it does really sound weird, especially for a authentic fusspot like me. But hey, if it tastes good, then why not?! hehe

    You cld try some authentic yet simple ways of preparing pasta. Aglio olio (garlic and olive oil) is so simple with just frying some chopped garlic in olive oil, then adding a lil cut pepperoncino (chilli), salt before tossing the boiled pasta (boiled for 7 minutes) into the pan. Add a lil chopped parsley and turn off the heat. Voila, nice pasta! ^_^

    • Cleffairy says:

      LOL…I always cook weird stuff. Mostly are frugal food. I like aglio oglio, but it doesn’t attract my boys to eat em unless i add some meat or seafood into it. 🙁

  2. claire says:

    wah…Chef Cleff…. not bad leh… Cleff the Chef… now i m hungry … can i have a bowl? oh, i better sms my son to buy back supper later.. 🙂

  3. sasha Tan says:

    eh macam what i cook for my family also what.. got food makan. Dun talk so much i told them

    sorry hor.. if u think u bad mom. Think again.. my blog fren just called me guantanamo guards. My kids are my detainees.

    • Cleffairy says:

      Hahaha… eh, I’m not a good cook wan. I cook for my family so that they can eat full and dun go hungry only. They want something really nice, have to go out lerr… I’m not good at cooking. Hahahaha…

      *sigh* Guantanamo guards? LOL… you very fierce ah? Eh, wud to do, sometimes we mums oso under high pressure dealing with the kids. Sometimes, they just dun listen, and we have to go to extreme to make them listen to us. 🙁 That’s why, people call me the Queen with Iron fist and rotan! =.=

  4. CHVoon says:

    as i know spaghetti need to cook longer time else a bit hard right.

    sometimes, i also do what u do… cepat dimasak, cepat dimakan, cepat dihabis.

    • Cleffairy says:

      Hahahaha…spaghetti ah? Depends on which kind of spahghetti. The thick ones, takes around 10 mins. Just follow the instruction on the packaging lorr… Usually I will buy the 8 mins spaghetti. Mot too big, and not to small to eat. 😀

      LOL… as long as can eat and dun stomach ache, can d. I’m not a chef. So simply cook lah.

  5. fatty oldman says:

    looks nice eyyy…easy to cook sumore…

    later my fren go kl but i cant leave…sighhh…if not i can ask u bring me go eat crab as u know cheaper plc rite since u say mine quite ok d price…

    • Cleffairy says:

      Eh… I dunno place with cheaper price/ Usually I just buy and cook them at home. Cook chilli crab. So usually will onli cost me the most Rm15 per kilo. Consider cheap la…

    • Cleffairy says:

      Hahahaha! At least someone here say it’s not weird… but my cooking cannot lawan urs wan la, jen. Urs are all beautifully made. *sobs* I am hopeless liao. LOL…

  6. iamthewitch says:

    You know, I realized that most of the things that I cook don’t look good either but taste good! So I’m sure there must be something with homecooked food… they just taste good! *LOL*

  7. mnhl says:

    This is not weird le. I used spaghetti to cook noodle soup for my son too. Oriental style. haha….With black pepper and oyster sauce, sure taste yummy.

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