Monday, December 16, 2013

Blogmas 14, 2013 ❄ Crab Fest!

It's official. I failed blogging every single day during blogmas again this year. It is hard to keep up. 
Oh well.  

I agreed to cook for our annual crab fest this year. This was my first time cooking crabs, but I did take few pointers on our last crab fest. There were 10 people coming and I bought 15 large crabs assuming that one people would eat 1.5 crabs. I was wrong. The crabs were huge and we did have a lot of leftovers afterwards, but boy were they delicious. *brush shoulders* =p

I couldn't do it on my own in that short amount of time. Thankfully I have great assistants ready to help me. We started cooking at 4 pm finished at around 7 pm. We managed to fit 6 people in my boyfriend's tiny kitchen. It was really fun, although we all smelled like crab at the end. lol

We cooked half of the crabs with oyster sauce, and the other halves with ketchup. I guess this is asian style, seafood with lots of tasty sauce. I find that western-style cooking of seafood is bland for my taste. I list all the ingredients I used below and tried my best to replicate the measurements. I tasted as I cooked, and i I didn't really pay attention of the measurements. Haha. Hope you guys feel inspired to try these. They're really good!

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I forgot to take a close-up picture of the final product. =/

Sweet and Sour Crab

Eggs - beaten
Yellow onion - sliced
garlic - chopped
spring onion - chopped
soy sauce
oyster sauce
chicken stock powder (I substituted with vegetable stock) 
tapioca flour - to thicken the sauce

The Crab:
1. Clean and chop the crabs into 4 parts. (I usually asked the people in the store to do it for me)
2. Dip the crab in the beaten egg and pan fry until the color change to red and then set aside

The sauce:
1. In the wok, stir fry onion and garlic
2. Add in soy sauce, oyster sauce and ketchup
3. Add water, bring to boil
4. Add in sugar, and the stock powder
5. Taste and adjust accordingly
6. Add back the crabs
7. Add in the tapioca flour to thicken the sauce
8. Add spring onion
9. This step is optional: I put everything in the oven and let it heated up for about 20 minutes to make sure everything is cooked.

Crab with Oyster Sauce

Cooking oil
garlic - chopped
ginger - smashed
yellow onion - chopped
spring onion - chopped
soy sauce
sweet soy sauce
oyster sauce
cooking wine
tapioca flour (to thicken the sauce)

How to cook:
1. Clean and chop the crabs into 4 parts. 
2. Heat up the oil in the wok and sautee the garlic, ginger, and yellow onion. You will need a wok, which is deeper than a frying pan because you will need to put the crabs in it.
3. Add soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, oyster sauce, cooking wine, black pepper and spring onion into the wok
4. Add in the crabs - try cooking in batches if you have limited space like I did - and stir fry them with the other ingredients until they're half way cooked
5. Add in water ( depending on how many crabs you're cooking - I'd say about a cup for every 4 crabs or as much as sauce as you want) and let it to boil until everything's cooked.
6. Add in tapioca flour with water to thicken the sauce
7. Taste and adjust accordingly
8. Same with the above, I also put the it in the oven for 20 minutes. Ready to serve!


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