Crab casserole in a clay pot
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Crab casserole in a clay pot
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Last updated 6/12/2012 1:01:15 AM. Recipe ID 24565. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Crab casserole in a clay pot
 Categories: Chinese, Seafood, Ceideburg 2
      Yield: 4 Servings
  1 1/2 lb Fresh whole crab,
           -preferably live
      2 tb Peanut oil
      5    Unpeeled garlic cloves,
      2    Unpeeled fresh ginger
           -slices, 1/4 inch thick
      3    Whole scallions, cut into
           -2-inch pieces
      3 tb Fermented black beans
      2    Fresh red chili peppers,
           -seeded and shredded
      3 tb Rice wine
      2 tb Light soy sauce
    1/2 c  Rich Chicken Stock
  Well here it is, in all its glory.  I've included Hom's method for
  making stock both because it's good and to give more of a feel for
  the book. Honk Kong is an extremely, almost excessively dynamic city
  and this is reflected in the food.  The book is interesting because
  he has a finger on the development of the "new" Hong Kong cuisine and
  notes traditional recipes from which the ones in the book spring.
  BTW, Michael++my roommate++and I were talking about this dish last
  night as we were munching up a plain old steamed Dungeness crab.  He
  said he *really* liked this recipe.  I found it too heavy on the
  black beans and spices.  Here it is.  You be da judge...  ;-}
  Here is an interesting, innovative technique employed by Hong Kong
  chefs. The clay pot traditionally is used for the long simmering and
  braising of foods; nowadays, however it is as often used to infused
  intense flavors over high heat in a short length of time, as in this
  recipe. the classic Cantonese dish is given a new twist; the fresh
  crab is stir-fired with aromatic seasonings and then quickly finished
  over high heat in the covered clay pot.  The pungent black beans
  permeate the rich crab meat, enhancing it and adding to its subtle
  flavors. This delicious casserole is quite easy to prepare and turns
  an ordinary dinner into a special occasion.
  If you are using a live crab, prepare it according to the technique
  on page 77.  [Rinse, scrub and steam for ten minutes.  S.C.] Cut the
  body into quarters and lightly crack the claws and legs.
  Heat a wok or large skillet until it is hot and add the oil.  Add the
  garlic, ginger, and scallions and stir-fry to flavor the oil.  Then
  add the black beans, chilies, and crab.  Stir-fry for2 minutes and
  add the chicken stock.  Turn the contents of the wok into a clay pot
  or casserole, cover, and cook over high heat for 5 more minutes or
  until the crab shell turns bright red.  Serve immediately.
  Makes 4 servings.

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Recipe ID 24565 (Apr 03, 2005)

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