Anyone knows where to buy good fresh mud crabs?
I have tried the wet markets at Bedok (several) and Chinatown and also the various supermarkets but only found sub-standard ones.
If you know of any good place, please share with me cos I would like to cook Black Pepper Crabs for my daughters as they love the way I cook it.
I would like to share my recipe with you.
BLACK PEPPER CRABS
2 pcs big mud crabs about one and half to two kg
3 tablespoonful black pepper corn, coarsely ground
half tablespoon white pepper corn, coarsely ground
5pcs shallots chopped fine
2 pcs garlic chopped fine
2 slices ginger, ground
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
2 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoon canola/sunflower oil
Kill crabs. Separate shell from body and clean crabs and shell. (I use the hard bristle toothbrush to clean the crabs cos you can reach all the small angles – erhm not used toothbrush heee!).Cut crabs into quarters and steam until half cooked (about 5 mins on high heat).
Heat wok and put in oil. When oil is heated up, add chopped onions and garlic and ground ginger and fry till fragrant.
Lower heat and add ground black and white pepper and fry till fragrant (about one to two minutes). Make sure not to burn pepper.
Add oyster sauce and butter and stir till butter is melted and fragrant (careful cos butter burns easily) and then add steamed crab. Stir gently so that the pepper sauce
coats the crab without breaking it up. Add a little water and cover and cook on medium heat till crab is done. This usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Crab is done when it turns to an even orange in colour. Add salt to taste but usually not necessary as crab itself is a little salty and the oyster sauce too.
The seasoning and cooking times are estimates cos it depends on the size of the crabs and seasoning is usually to taste. Also, this recipe uses less oil by steaming the crab first. Usually at restaurants, they deep fry the crabs instead of steaming them.