Friday, November 4, 2011

Sweet and Sour Crabs

Every year , I celebrated my daughters birthday at Pizza Hut restaurant as Hawaiian stuffed crust pizzas are their favorites, but this time my youngest daughter ask for crabs for her birthday.
Oh my, CRABS??!!! Easy to cook, but hard to find!! I don't know why, but it's very hard for me to find live crabs.
Early in the morning, after dropping them to school, I searched for crabs,I went 2 wet market to find, but couldn't find any....haiz.....asking around, and finally one of the fishmongers told me where to get......and it is.....

This sweet sour crabs were so delicious, we ate it with toasted bread, so yummy :) But the sauce seems not enough for us, next time I'll double up the sauce.
I used grated garlic and ginger, cause I wanted the gravy to be smooth, I don't like to bite the chopped garlic and ginger.

Here's the recipe:
4 crabs about 1.5kg
Oil for deep frying
some cornflour
11/2 tbsp grated garlic
11/2 tbsp grated ginger
2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 tbsp oyster sauce
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
6 tbsp tomato sauce
3 tbsp chilli sauce
4 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp salt or to taste

Put the live crab into a plastic bag, tie up the bag, then put in freezer .Freeze it for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Take out and wash clean, I'll show step by step.
Put all the cleaned crabs into colander, let the water drips off.
Heat a wok with oil,toss the crabs with some cornflour.
Deep fry the crabs, until they turn red, and cooked. Dish and drain.
Leave about 2 tbsp oil in a wok, stir-fry grated ginger and  garlic until aromatic.
Add in the sauce, let the sauce boils, then add in the fried crabs.
Lastly thicken with eggs.Dish up and serve.

4 crabs costed me RM 40.00. Female crabs have smaller claws and more thorns on their claws,while male crabs have big claws.Why am I buying female crabs?? Because we wanted the crabs eggs, but unfortunately, these crabs don't have much eggs as we had expected.
Cleaned these crabs with brush.
 This is a female crab, see the eggs(red color)!!
 I used scissors to snip off these thorns.
There you go, in the colander.
 Toss some cornflour and ready for deep frying.
 Deep fried crabs.
 Stir fry the grated ginger and garlic.
Add in this sauce.'s the Sweet and Sour Crabs.Will cook this


mjskit said...

I had something similar to this years ago at a restaurant in Seattle and it was absolutely delicious. Reading through your recipe reminded me of it. The spicy ginger with the crab was awesome! Great recipe!

Amelia's De-ssert said...

wow, yum yum! your crab dish looks so inviting. Have a nice weekend.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

I never seen crabs in wet market here, and thought all sell to restaurant to get better price..I wish i can cook crabs at home one day..Your crab dish sound so delicious!

Nava.K said...

Lovely and delicious crab recipe though I have difficulties finding the crabs you have used in this recipe.

So, I can only find the sea crab buts its a once a while at home as too much becomes very jelak.

Cooking Gallery said...

I love crabs, but it's so hard to get fresh ones here. Your look very yummy...!!

yummylittlecooks said...

Sonia, Nava,
Yes, it's very hard to find.Normally they'll send directly to restaurants.
Try to ask around at the wet market,especially fishmongers, they would know where to get some.

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

I always see live crabs sold in Klang Valley area by the roadside, but hard to find elsewhere.
I dread cooking crab, never know how to clean. Now with ur tutorial, I do get some idea on how to do it. Thanks for sharing

lena said...

my favourite crabs!! bound to cook them once a month if possible!

Angie's Recipes said...

I can't remember when I last had crabs...;0( Can't find them over here..they look so darn good!

iva | in my kitchen said...

that looks delicious! I've never attempted making crab before!

HomeKreation said...

yeah, me too have same problems. So hard to get crabs in Miri except the river crabs which are sold alive.