Recipe courtesy of Tom Douglas
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Total:
25 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
10 min
Yield:
1 to 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion, white and green parts
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced lemon grass, tender white part only
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and julienned
  • 2 teaspoons peeled and grated fresh ginger
  • 5 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup chicken stock, homemade or low sodium canned
  • 5 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese chili garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely chopped Chinese fermented black beans
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 1 Dungeness crab (about 1 1/2 pounds), cooked, top shell removed and reserved, cleaned, cracked in half, cut into sections, and claws cracked

Directions

To make the lemon grass sauce, heat 1 tablespoon of the peanut oil in a small saucepan on medium-high heat. Saute the green onions, lemon grass, red bell pepper, ginger, and garlic until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken stock, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, chili garlic paste, and black beans. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. Add the dissolved cornstarch and simmer, stirring frequently, until the sauce becomes glossy and thickens, about 2 more minutes. Set aside. 

To wok-fry the crab, heat 2 tablespoons of peanut oil in a wok over high heat until almost smoking. Toss in the crab pieces (including the carapace or top shell), add the sake, and cover. Allow to steam 2 to 3 minutes. Add the lemon grass sauce and simmer until the crab is heated through and the sauce thickens to desired consistency, about 1 to 2 minutes. 

On a large plate or platter, arrange the crab with the carapace (top shell) back on top so it looks roughly like a whole crab again and pour all the sauce over and around it. You'll need crab-crackers, a side bowl for the shells, a stack of napkins, and bowls of warm lemon water to clean your hands. Serve this with steamed white rice. 

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