Cang cua boc tom (shrimp on crab legs)
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Cang cua boc tom (shrimp on crab legs)
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Last updated 6/12/2012 12:42:50 AM. Recipe ID 1860. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Cang cua boc tom (shrimp on crab legs)
 Categories: Vietnam, Seafood
      Yield: 10 Servings
 
     10    Crab legs or several hard
           -shell crabs
           Shrimp paste, prepared as
           -for Shrimp on Sugar Cane
    1/4 c  Vegetable oil

MMMMM-------------------------NUOC CHAM------------------------------
      1    Clove garlic
    1/2    Fresh hot red chili pepper
           -or 2 dried
      2 ts Heaping, granulated sugar
    1/8    Fresh lime
      2 tb Fish sauce (nuoc mam)
  2 1/2 tb Water, more if necessary
 
  Here we have a party dish that will bring out "oohs" and "ahs" from
  your guests on sight - and a repeat performance on taste.
  
  Crab claws, alone, are sometimes available in fish stores. If they
  aren't, boil several hard shell crabs and use the claws; you can use
  the bodies in many other dishes.
  
  The crab claws in fish stores are already partially peeled and serve
  not only as a handle but are edible as well. If you prepare your own
  claws, peel the upper section around which you mold the shrimp paste.
  
  Boil the crab legs or crabs for about 10 minutes, then drain and cool;
  remove the claws from the crabs, if using, and reserve the bodies for
  another purpose.
  
  Have the shrimp paste ready; preheat the oven to 350F.
  
  Pour the oil into a bowl.  Dip your fingers into the oil and pick up 2
  tablespoons of the shrimp paste. Mold it into an oval around and
  halfway down the crab claw, covering the part of the claw where it
  was attached to the body; this will leave a claw tip extended to
  serve as a handle. Place the claws on a baking sheet and bake in the
  preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  
  Serve with Nuoc Cham and watercress.
  
  NOTE:  In Vietnam, this dish is always barbecued over charcoal. If
  you wish to prepare it this way, cook for 10 minutes on each side.
  
  Makes 10 servings.
  
  Here we have a party dish that will bring out "oohs" and "ahs" from
  your guests on sight - and a repeat performance on taste.
  
  Crab claws, alone, are sometimes available in fish stores. If they
  aren't, boil several hard shell crabs and use the claws; you can use
  the bodies in many other dishes.
  
  The crab claws in fish stores are already partially peeled and serve
  not only as a handle but are edible as well. If you prepare your own
  claws, peel the upper section around which you mold the shrimp paste.
  
  NUOC CHAM:
  
  This exciting sauce is almost always served at Vietnamese meals, just
  a Westerners serve salt and pepper. It's base is nuoc mam (bottled
  fish sauce). Freshly prepared, it is a constant delight, and so
  addictive to Western palettes that it will appear with meals other
  than Vietnamese. To best appreciate the results of its superb
  blending qualities at the table, use it sparingly at first, gradually
  adding more until the result is just right for your palate.
  
  Peel the garlic.  Split the chili pepper down the center and remove
  the seeds and membrane.  Cut into pieces and put into a mortar,
  together with the garlic and sugar. Pound into a paste. Squeeze the
  lime juice into the paste, then with a small knife remove the pulp
  from the lime section and add it as well. Mash this mixture and add
  the fish sauce and water.
  
  NOTE:  If you find this a trifle strong at first, dilute it with an
  additional 1/2 tablespoon of water.
  
  




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Recipe ID 1860 (Apr 03, 2005)

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