Starting off with something special
We headed off to the fish markets on the weekend to stock up on some seafood and decided to get a live mud crab, which isn’t something I eat regularly. However, I do like it cooked with ginger and green onions like the way they do in Chinese restaurants. I looked around other blogs/sites for a recipe and most of them included chicken stock, green onion and ginger (obviously) in their ingredient list…So I kind of mashed them together to create this recipe. Enjoy
1 Mud crab
2 tbsp corn flour
4 tbsp oil
2 cm of ginger sliced
2-3 whole peeled garlic cloves- squash them a bit with the back of the knife
2 green onions- cut into 4-5 cm segments
Splosh of shaoxing wine
1 tbsp Oyster sauce
3/4 cup of chicken stock (best if unsalted)
1 tsp sugar
a pinch of salt to taste
dash of white pepper
Corn flour solution
1 heaped tsp of corn flour
1-2 tbsp water
1. Humanely kill the crab. We followed the rspca guidlines and put it into the freezer for 1hr and then proceeded to cut it up. To take apart the crab, Sydney Fish Markets have put up a really informative video on youtube so go there for more info. Remember to scrub and remove any algae or mud.
2. Pat the crab dry and coat with the 2tbsp of cornflour. This will make sure the sauce sticks to it later for finger licking goodness!
3. Heat the oil in the wok on high heat until it is really hot then carefully slide in the crab pieces
4. Fry for around 2 min, turning the pieces occasionally.
5. Take out of wok and set aside. If there is not enough oil left in the wok add a bit more.
6. Add the ginger and garlic to the wok. Don’t let the ginger or garlic burn, but at the same time let them cook a bit for their aroma and flavour to come out.
7. Add the crab back into the wok, stir it a bit.
8. Add a splosh of shaoxing wine
9. Add in the seasoning, mix it a bit and then put on the wok lid for around 4 minutes to let the crab cook through. You can turn the heat to medium.
10. Open lid and taste, add salt/sugar/ pepper if needed. Also if there is not a lot of liquid left, add a little water or chicken stock (not too much). Taste again.
11. Add in the corn flour solution to thicken the sauce. Do this whilst stirring so it doesn’t clump. Add in the green onion pieces and give it another stir
12. Dish out and enjoy with some rice
Usually this dish is best served with some e-fu noodles, to soak up all the delicious sauce, but if you can’t get it, serve with rice.
Also, make sure when you are chopping up the crab, use the back of your knife to sharply tap the shell on the claws until they crack. Make sure the shell is broken up extensively so it is easier to eat. Don’t forget, because it is torturous having to break that shell yourself when eating.