Soft Shell Crabs In Black Bean & Chili Sauc
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Last updated 6/12/2012 1:23:30 AM. Recipe ID 56613. Report a problem with this recipe.
Title: Soft shell crabs in black bean & chili sauc
Categories: Seafood, Appetizers
Yield: 4 Servings
1 c Oil for deep frying
4 Soft shell crabs
2 tb Oil for stir frying
MMMMM------------------SEASONINGS (PUT IN BOWL-----------------------
2 tb Salted black beans: rinsed
-in hot water, drained, and
-mashed into a paste
4 Garlic cloves, minced
1/2 ts Ginger root, minced fine
2 Dried red chili peppers,
-tear into small pieces,
-do not discard seeds
1 Scallion, cut into pea-sized
-pieces, including the green
1/2 c Green or red bell pepper,
MMMMM-----------------SAUCE MIXTURE (MIX IN BOWL----------------------
1 1/2 tb Chinese Shaohsing wine or
-pale dry sherry
1/2 ts Sugar
1/4 ts MSG (opt.)
2 tb Thin soy sauce
1/4 c Chicken broth, clear
1 ts Cornstarch, mixed with 2T
1. Heat 1 cup oil in Wok to deep-fry temp. Add crabs and deep fry
until they turn orange. Drain crabs and discard oil. Clean and dry
the Wok. 2. Heat the Wok over high heat. Swirl in 2 T oil. When oil
is hot, add seasonings. Stir fry for about 30 seconds. Add bell
pepper and stir fry for about 10 seconds. Stir in sauce mixture. Put
cooked crabs back into Wok. Cover, turn heat to low, and cook until
sauce comes to a boil. Stir in cornstaarch and water. Stir and cook
until sauce is thickened. Put on a serving plate. Serve hot.
NOTE: For a less pungent hot dish, use 1 T salted black beans and 1
dried chili pepper.
When you buy soft shell crabs, be sure they are still alive.
Usually they look quite dead, weak and limp. Touch their legs, eyes,
or mouth. Even if they respond only slightly and slowly, they are
still alive. Refrigerate them as soon as you get home.
Cleaning them is quite simple. Clip off the eyes and mouth. Lift
the top shell and remove the soft feather-like gills and discard
them. Turn the crab bottom up. Tear off and discard the cartlidge.
(the shape of the female's is half-oval, the male's is a narrow
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