Sunday, November 16, 2008

Crab in Spicy Plum Sauce

crab plum sauceSeafood is plenty here in California but being Asian, there is only so much of steamed seafood with butter or seafood in creamy sauce that I can take before I am craving for that spicy, sweet and sour seafood. Not to mention that it is also very pricey to eat seafood out in the restaurant.

For our 4th anniversary last month, we went to the Joe's Crab Shack. The crab legs are pretty good but somehow it does not satisfy my crave for crabs. So later in the week, we headed off to the asian supermarket and got me 2 huge dungeness (i think!) crabs for less than $4/lb. I would normally make sweet and sour crab but this time I decided to use the plum sauce that I bought and was very happy with the result.

Crab in Spicy Plum Sauce
serves 1-2

1 crab, cleaned, separate the claws and half the body
8-10 thai chili
1in ginger
3 garlic
1 shallot
7 tbsp plum sauce
1/3 cup water
salt and sugar
1 egg, slightly whisked
2 tbsp veggie oil

1. Pound thai chili, ginger, garlic and shallot until it forms a paste.

2. In a wok or deep pan, heat the oil on medium heat and sauteed the paste until fragrant.

3. Add water, plum sauce, salt and sugar. Stir and taste to your liking.

4. Add in the crab, turn the heat to high. Flip the crab until all covered with sauce. Cover. 1min.

5. Uncover, flip the crab again and add in the egg. Turn the heat off and keep flipping the crab until they are all covered with the egg.

6. Serve immediately with white rice or toast.







29 comments:

Jo said...

I adore crab... and this way sounds so scrumptious! Yum :)

Ezza Aziz said...

wow Ketam..dah lama tak makan ketam...baca resepi you dah terliur...apalagi masak dengan plum sauce..tapi kena tunggu bulan penuh dulu baru boleh beli ketam!!!!Itu petua orang tua bila nak beli ketam..heheheh You percaya tak?

MamaFaMi said...

Sedapnya ketam... lama tak makan dah. Mama pun pernah dengar petua yang sama about the ketam and I think it's true la...

Dayang said...

kamek suka ketam hehehehe

Salt N Turmeric said...

Jo, if you dont like it hot, you can make it w/o using the chili. :)

Kak Ezza, tak pernah dengar pun. untuk apa tu? Farina punya petua is buy when its on sale! lol.

Mama, u pun tau petua tu ke? share2 lah pls.

Dayang, kamek juak! :

ICook4Fun said...

Farina, bulan penuh beli ketam because during that time ketam baru ada banyak isi. Hari biasa ketam tak banyak isi :) I also hantu ketam but I never cook with plump sauce before. Will give it a try the next time I beli ketam :)

Jo said...

I love hot... a lot ;)

Cynthia said...

I would give anything to have some of that crab right now.

pixen said...

I'm crazy about crabs..LOL I can attack several kilos if given the chance. One of my friends organised 'Crab Party' last year... oooo my goshhhh... It's yummylicious... You can smell it several houses down the road! I guessed he must had cooked 20 - 50 kgs of steamed crabs for us. Also, the neighbours must been wondering what were the strange knockings in the wee morning..LOL

BTW, I'm tagging you in my blog... have fun! Thank yo for sharing the wonderful recipes. You really made my stomach main keroncong!

Jo said...

This looks delicious. I was just thinking of crabs over the weekend, how timely!

maybelle's mom said...

I am the same way about crab, but for me it is spicy indian curry. food is so cultural huh?

sue hazree said...

wow...that a huge crab n cheap...kat sini crab mahal tau...nak buat tapi nak tambah cili padi lg...he he he

Salt N Turmeric said...

Gert, since ketam kat sini besar, tak kisahlah bulan mengambang ke bulan sabit ke. hehe. but next time i nak cari yg ada telur baru best. ;)

Jo, u like hot food? nice! ;)

Pixen, 20-50kg of crabs? thts a lot of crabs! lol. il check out the tag later ok?

Jo, wht are you waiting for? the crabs are calling. :)

Maybelle's mom, curry crabs. nto sure if iv had them tht way before.

Sue, bila in season memang theyr cheap but not at regular store. gotta get them at the asian supermarket.

Moments In Time said...

Aunty FarFar - Baby nak makan ketam jugak la... Nashville boleh dapat yg frozen saje, so sad :(

Sarclover said...

I kind of eat ketams, but i dont eat it if i dont have anyone to umm... crack the shells for me.

i am hopeless at crustaceans. :P

Tastes of Home said...

love crabs! and I can imagine the tastiness of this..do you have rockin baja there? it's pretty good better than Joe's (to me) :P

Salt N Turmeric said...

Sheila, Aunty jauh-jauh ke? hahaha. Kalau baby/mommy nak makan ketam kenalah datang cali. Meh kita sama2 makan sampai kenyang. ;)

Sarclover, tak kuasanya nak makan tunggu orang kupaskan. Like tht makan ajelah isi ketam. :P

Jannie, iv never heard of rockin baja. Nanti il cari if there's any around.

ummi said...

Hai S & T..can i call you that? hehe..thanx for dropping by my small kitchen..just a simple recipes to share with!! I'd really love to eat crab for so long..but then, right now all crabs are too small..yeap xda nmpak isi langsung..!! just forget it for a while..kena tunggu bulan mengambang jugak laa..betul! :D

Anis Zainal-Pacleb said...

ooohhh....crabs..... i loveeeee....
i can only cook ketam masak lemak cili api...that's it! if i feel like binge on kam heong crab or sweet sour crab, i'll go to this one particular restaurant near subang airport coz' i dont hv the courage to try other crab recipes...heheee.... plus malas jugak.....

P/s : when u balik kl nnt, i'll take you to the restaurant k! u'll love the seafood there....

Salt N Turmeric said...

Ummi, thanks for dropping by. Pls do call me Farina. ;) Yeap, in Msia normally its the blue crab whc is rather small so maybe thts why kena tunggu bulan mengambang kot? lol.

Anis, yes iv been to 1 of the seafood restaurants at old subang airport when i was working w krtu. Tak sangka they're still around!

Anis Zainal-Pacleb said...

if you mean lala chong, yup! it's still around and still going strong....moreover, the price is reasonable comparatively to bangsar seafood, which is ridiculously priced and the taste pulak tu so-so je....

Rasa Malaysia said...

We went to Joe's one time for the celebration of my b-day. ;)

Salt N Turmeric said...

Anis, i dont remember the name. It was a long time ago lol. Bangsar tu biasalah. hyped up je.

Bee, you did? haha. we went to the same place for our bday. ;)

tigerfish said...

You made me wanna cry cos I miss California.

Junita Saruji said...

Yummy...i love crabs n this one looks delicious..

Salt N Turmeric said...

Tigerfish, dont cry. Just buy a flight ticket and fly here. ;)

Junita, yes they are delicious. :)

Bren@Flanboyant Eats said...

girl too bad i don't shellfish, otherwise, i'd be all over this. the plum sauce makes it so different for legs! nice work.

Salt N Turmeric said...

Bren, thank you. :)

noobcook said...

spicy, sweet, sour are all the flavours I like ... this dish looks so droolicious :D