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A couple weeks ago I got my hands on a pretty good size Alaskan King Crab from frozen seafood delivery, alongside with some other bounty of the sea.

For the uninitiated, king crabs are actually more related to hermit crabs than the usual blue crabs or mud crabs we used to eat. This species, the red king crab, or commonly known as Alaskan king crab is most likely caught in the Northern Pacific Ocean, and while already pretty big, they can actually grow quite a lot bigger than this particular sample.

frozen seafood delivery
frozen seafood delivery

The crab looks a little intimidating with many thorns covering entire body. However, the shells are actually quite a lot thinner and softer than mud crabs, making eating and handling pretty simple.

For cooking, I settled on this easiest and simplest, fool proof way that allows you to enjoy the crab’s true natural sweetness. It’s so easy any 3rd grader should be able to do.

Ingredients:

  • one Alaskan King Crab
  • 2 inches of butter
  • several cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon
  • a handful of chopped cilantro (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

  • snap off the legs, open crab shell, remove gills & cut body into halves
  • put 1″ butter in a claypot, garlic (together with skin), and crab, turn on high heat for 10 minutes, no water required
  • separately heat up olive oil & melt the remaining butter, add lemon to the finished product, this will be your sauce
  • once crab is done, sprinkle chopped cilantro to give it that awesome color
  • enjoy your fancy seafood!

Alaskan King Crab recipe, the simple way
Alaskan King Crab recipe, the simple way

The result is an awesome fancy crab dinner that takes all of 15 minutes to prepare and cook. Now you know how to cook your own crab, enjoy!

Several weeks ago, my brother shared this one “tiktok” recipe video via the family WhatsApp – steamed egg with prawns and tofu. Looks simple enough to execute, so I thought I’d give it a try.

The result turns out to be pretty good and I thought, certainly worth documenting here at least as my personal reference in the future.

steamed egg with shrimp & tofu
steamed egg with shrimp & tofu

The ingredients are simple, and consists pretty much of only 4 items, with one of them optional..

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • a handful of shrimps
  • 1 block soft tofu
  • some mints (optional)
  • equal part water (70 ml or so)
  • salt & pepper to taste

steamed egg with prawns recipe
steamed egg with prawns recipe

Cooking instructions:

  • cut tofu into blocks and lay in container
  • beat the eggs with equal part water, add salt & pepper to taste
  • pour in container, then place shrimps on top
  • cover with shrink wrap or aluminum foil & steam for 10 mins
  • add mint on top

The result is a dish of comfort food suitable for anytime, with plenty of protein too!

Happy cooking!

Lock down life had me scratching my head for new recipes. As it turns out, cooking 1-2 meals daily is actually pretty tough work when you are also someone who values variety. So, inevitably, we arrived at confinement dishes category.

Today, I’m going to share a very simple yet deliciously wholesome dish with you – the traditional glutinous rice wine chicken.

some say this is confinement food
some say this is confinement food

This dish has two key ingredients that are deemed to be very good for postpartum recovery – ginger & sesame oil. But with chicken and also alcohol, everyone should really be able to enjoy this one-pot goodness regardless of your gender.

One thing to clarify, this is different from Fuchow wine chicken, a dish I haven’t tried creating yet, I shall try to get my hands on those fuchow red wine one of these days.

Anyway, here’s how this goes:

Ingredients:

  • 2 inches of ginger (older is better), cut into thin strips
  • yellow rice wine (glutinous rice wine)
  • black fungus (4-5 pieces), soak in water
  • shiitake mushroom (optional)
  • 2 quarter chicken (alternatively, half a chicken), cut into bite size
  • 2-3 tablespoon sesame oil
  • salt, pepper, soya sauce

glutinious rice wine, chicken, mushroom & fungus, ginger
glutinous rice wine, chicken, mushroom & fungus, ginger

Cooking instructions:

  • heat up sesame oil, preferably in a clay pot
  • fry ginger until fragrant
  • add chicken and brown all sides
  • add mushroom & fungus, then add about a cap full of rice wine to let chicken absorb the wine while pot is hot, stir for half a minute
  • add rice wine until just about covering all meat, close lid and simmer for 30-40 mins
  • serve while hot!

Hope you get to try to create this dish  and happy cooking!

Stay safe.

During this work-from-home and movement control era, cooking couple of meals a day can sometimes lead to a bit of a fatigue especially in terms of coming up with dishes to cook. If you think figuring out which restaurant to go to is a hassle, try figure out what to cook for the 5th week straight…

Anyway, one of my favorite “cheat meal” to make is certainly fried rice, and in particular, petai (stinky bean) fried rice.

Today I want to share the way I make this, with a simple video as well. Enjoy and stay safe!

home made petai fried rice
home made petai fried rice

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rice (enough for 2 pax), cooked and preferred to have been left overnight so they aren’t sticky
  • 2-3 eggs
  • 100-200 gram prawns
  • 100 gram petai
  • 4-5 bulb garlic
  • 3-4 cilipadi, chopped
  • 2-3 red chili, chopped
  • 3-4 tablespoon cooking oil/lard
  • 2 tablespoon dark soya sauce
  • 2 tablespoon soya sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  • Heat up oil and fry eggs until about 3/4 cooked, set aside
  • Heat up more oil, fry garlic, petai, and red chili until fragrant, add salt & pepper
  • Add shrimp and fry until pink
  • Add rice, then add dark soya sauce & soya sauce
  • Keep stirring until fragrant, then add back eggs just before serving

The result is a plate of spicy, stinky, and absolutely delicious fried rice dish that isn’t too difficult to execute. If you like petai like me, you’d love it. Enjoy, and stay safe and sane!