Tita Reggie’s Aligue Pasta
Aligi or Aligue? Does the spelling really matter when this delicacy is oh so good?
According to tagaloglang.com, aligi refers to the eggs of the female alimango crab. It is often referred to as taba (fat). The Tagalog for 'egg' is itlog but that word is usually reserved for bird eggs. * The unfertilized eggs of a lobster is called “coral” in English and that is why aligi is sometimes translated as crab coral.
Taba ng talangka, or aligi, is a delicacy that we would mix with our steamed white rice, drizzle some calamansi over it, and just go to town. Because of the richness in flavor, and calories, we didn’t indulge in this delicacy too much, but boy, was it ever a treat if we had it on the dinner table.
In this recipe, Chef Jappy did away with the rice and substituted pasta! I have to try this.
Pasta / Sauce
Bring water to a boil. Salt heavily.
Cook angel hair pasta in the boiling water ffor 2 minutes & 20 seconds. Once cooked, set aside
Warm cooking pan and add olive oil.
Sautee garlic and shallots.
Add crab and cook for 3 minutes. Set aside.
Start with a cold saucepan.
Pour cream and aligue mixture and bring to a simmer.
Simmer for 3 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper
Add the cooked angel hair pasta.
Toss pasta in the sauce and add the lemon juice.
Plate your pasta. Give it a little twirl to create a small mound.
Add crab on top
Garnish with espelette pepper, garlic chips, and alfalfa sprouts.
Eat and enjoy