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Seriously Asian: Crab Two Ways Recipe

Seriously Asian: Crab Two Ways Recipe
  • Meal

    Lobster and Crab

  • Cusine

    Asian

Ingredients

1 live Dungeness crab, about 2 to 3 pounds

The white of one egg

1/2 cup of cornstarch, for dipping

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

2 teaspoons fish sauce

A few garlic cloves, smashed and coarsely chopped

2 green onions, cut into 1 inch segments

3 thin slices of ginger

2 cups vegetable oil

1/4 to 1/2 of a Dungeness crab, about 1 pound

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon fish sauce

1 green onions, cut into 1 inch segments

4 thin slices of ginger

A platter of freshly made rice noodles, or a small package of cellophane noodles

Directions

To prepare the crab: Using a toothbrush, wash and rinse the crab under running water. Tear off the abdomen and halve the crab with the cleaver. Remove the gills and reserve the innards. Chop the body of the crab into segments aligned with the legs, so that each section comes attached to an appendage. In the wok, heat the oil to 325 to 350 degrees F. Pour all but two tablespoons of the oil out of the wok. Add the garlic and stir-fry for 20 seconds, until the garlic is almost golden brown. Add the crab, ginger and green onion and stir-fry for 30 more seconds. Add the fish sauce and the oyster sauce, adjusting the quantity to taste. Serve immediately. Dungeness Crab Steamed with Noodles To prepare the crab: Using a toothbrush, wash and rinse the crab under running water. Tear off the abdomen and halve the crab with the cleaver. Remove the gills and reserve the innards. Chop the body of the crab into segments aligned with the legs, so that each section comes attached to an appendage. If desired, use the majority of the crab for stir-frying, reserving just a few segments as well as the innards for steaming. Arrange the rice noodles on a platter to be inserted into your steamer. If using cellophane noodles, soak the noodles for 10 minutes in cold water to slightly rehydrate them. Then arrange the noodles on the platter. Arrange the pieces of crab on top of the noodles, along with the innards, ginger and green onions. Drizzle the soy sauce and fish sauce over the crab. Steam for 10 minutes, until the pieces of crab are just cooked through and the noodles are soft and supple. Serve immediately, accompanied by extra fish sauce on the side.