This is best when it has time to chill. I've only had this using imitation crab, let me know if you used real crab with it. This is another recipe from my dad that people ask for every time they eat it. It's a good make ahead dish for pot lucks, etc. Prep time does not include chill time, although you could keep all your ingredients (including prepared noodles) in the fridge until you have time to assemble it.