Jacqui Ma: Asian Noodle Crab Salad

Guest: Jacqui Ma

Recording date: 5 February 2019

Location: Hackney, UK

Recipe: Asian Noodle Salad

Click here to listen to Jacqui’s episode of Friends with Recipes! 

[FYI, for regular followers of the podcast, this is the first episode I am posting without a video. I absolutely love being able to video each episode, but the cost simply got to be too high and the process too time consuming. I will still occasionally make my one minute promo videos (which you can find here) but until I get picked up as a TV show (hint, hint, to anyone with any connections!) you’ll need to simply use a bit more of your imagination. ;)]

I have long been an admirer of Jacqui Ma’s business Goodordering, but only met her for the first time when I showed up at her house! Jacqui was just as cool and interesting as I hoped she would be and her chat about the food that she and her partner Mia make in their Chinese/Sweedish/British/Australian household was absolutely fascinating! 

Also, how cute is it that Jacqui’s business Goodordering is named after something she and her brothers would say to her mum if they liked what she ordered at a restaraunt: “good ordering, mum”! I love that!

Slightly unsavoury spice containers from Jacqui’s mum.


Close up of all the goodness.


Jacqui and Mia’s wedding picture as mentioned in the episode.

Asian Noodle Crab Salad

Print Recipe


  • Ingredients:
  • 1-2 tins of crab meat (you can exchange with tofu, chicken or prawns)
  • Noodles - they can be glass noodles, egg noodles or even ramen
  • Dressing ingredients:
  • 2-3 limes
  • Fish sauce
  • Olive oil or similar
  • Soy sauce
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Fresh chilli or chilli powder/sauce
  • sea salt
  • Vegetables:
  • Spring Onions
  • Grated or spiralised carrot
  • Red peppers
  • Bean sprouts
  • Cucumber



Put the crab meat into a big bowl, add the olive oil and other dressing ingredients, balance to taste - it should taste way more zingy than you want the finished noodles to taste. Mix well so its like chunky paste.


Cook the noodles as per the instructions and rinse to cool.


Cut the veggies up in different ways make them look pretty, you can interchange the vegetables depending on what you like, using crunchy vegetables are the best.


Mix everything together and toss well with tongs.


Taste again and add more sauces if necessary, for families you can add chilli at the table.


This recipe has evolved over time and you can make it to suit your taste buds, the general idea is to make a really zingy dressing, add a protein if you like and lots of crunchy vegetables. For kids, i still add all the veggies and if they kids don’t like them they can remove them at the table!

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