The minute I saw this recipe, I knew I wanted to make it -- the overall flavor palate was so appealing. I made the dish exactly as the recipe is written, cooked exactly as prescribed. The result was pure black pepper. The 1 1/2 tablespoons completely overpowered the other ingredients. Given the expense of the crab and the extensive time it took to make the dish, it will be a while before I try it again. For sure, I'll start with a third as much pepper and go from there.
I love this recipe. I made it twice already and received many compliments. Simply excellent. I followed the recipe exactly. The basil leaves and ginger added a special taste to the dish. I will surely use the again.