Crab is considered by foodies as the king of sea food dishes and at Calamansi Cove Villas by Jetwing the chef has surpassed himself with an exciting starter crab soup, followed by a main course of delicious Drumstick Leaves Crab Curry served with red rice. Situated in Balapitiya and Madu river area the chef has taken the voodoo of the location, capturing the local culture with its strong seafood flavored cuisine and spicy traditions, using freshly picked coconuts. He explains that “From my grandmothers time to now I know when the family buy crab or prawns, they also grab a full branch of Drumstick tree leaves, which they throw into the curry.” This is a well known taste in the villages in Balapitiya and around the Madu river areas and shows how if we work with nature how nature cleverly balances the sea food rich in cholesterol by adding Drumstick leaves, which reduces it as a powerful antioxidant component.
I learn from talking to village elders that the crab has been important through out history symbolizing renewal and rebirth through the shedding of their shells as they grow. The shedding of a shell and moving on represent an opportunity to chase away any shadows in ones life. The crab is also seen as a talisman for protection, found at the bottom of the ocean, which signifies that we should look deep into ourselves to find our spiritual core and through doing this find the right path through life.
The crab with its big pincers also demands that we face our fears head on before it is too late and alter our behaviour to think bigger and better. At Calamansi Cove Villa by Jetwing Drumstick Leaves Crab Curry and soup not only feeds the body in a healthy ways, but also gives its guest the authentic areas traditions that are rooted in nature.